Community Connect: Mentors Inspiring Success

Leveraging the wealth of knowledge in our community and cultivating our community's leaders are important to perpetuating the strength and uniqueness of Greater Des Moines. Community Connect sustains and expands leadership throughout the region by inspiring community champions through self-discovery and meaningful mentoring connections. The program has two key objectives:

  • To help participants connect with their personal values and purpose, leading to intentional action and engagement in the community.  

  • To connect participants with experienced community leaders, so they may learn and benefit from the mentors' insight and wisdom. 
The five-session program occurs in a small-group setting, which ensures interaction with each mentor as well as other program participants. In addition, participants are encouraged to meet with the mentors and small groups between sessions to fully benefit from their experience.

Community Connect provided the time and space for me to reflect on my values and purpose at a time when I otherwise would not be able to. That personal work, along with exposure to established community leaders and other Community Connect participants provided an invaluable opportunity and learning experience.

— Jeffrey Czerwiec, 2017 Community Connect participant.

Community Connect was referred to me at a time when I was really questioning the "why" in my life. My heart told me that I am meant to do something greater, but I had no idea what. 

— Amy Sturm, 2016 Community Connect participant


Application and Timeline

Applications for the 2019 program will be accepted this fall.

Participant Expectations

  • Attendance at all five sessions is required for graduation of the program. Up to one absence will be allowed if an appeal is approved by the program leaders.
  • Active participation is expected in each session. This may include coming prepared to discuss short assignments for each session or sharing personal experiences.
  • Creating and expecting a foundation of trust, which includes confidentiality of conversations and information that is shared. 

Community Connect 2018 Session Dates

  • February 5, 2018, Kick-off, Session 1, Noon - 6:00 p.m.
  • February 19, 2018, Session 2, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • March 12, 2018, Session 3, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • March 26, 2018, Session 4, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • April 9, 2018, Session 5, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

All regular sessions will be held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

Small Group Meeting Dates

  • February 26
  • April 2

2018 Program Participants

Kristine

Anderson

Kum & Go

Haley

Babcock

Des Moines Art Center

Guillermo

Bailey

Principal Financial Group

Susana

Bello Salvo

Self employed

Clara

Bergan

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Mari

Bunney

RBC Wealth Management

Janeth

Colina

Self employed

Yenny

Diaz Briceno

Polk County Attorney’s Office

Carson

Forst

Bearence Management Group

Stefani

Freeman

Wells Fargo

Thomas

Frelund

Quality Manufacturing Corporation

Benjamin

Handfelt

Strategic America

Adriana

Hernandez Mesa

Freeman

Bre

Horstman

United Way of Central Iowa

Kaylie

Hoyle

Iowa Donor Network

Emily

In

Mediacom Communications

Andy

Jennings

Mercy Medical Center

Alexander

Jones

MidAmerican Energy Company

Machelle

King

Polk County Central Senior Center

Philip

Kreznor

Value Wealth Management

Jon

Miller

Trilix

Steve

Mulligan

Clean Harbors Environmental Services

Greg

Padget

Practical Farmers of Iowa

Nicholas

Peterson

Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

Jon

Phillips

Wells Fargo & Company

Jon

Raftis

The Dana Company

Halley

Ryherd

Iowa Title Guaranty, a division of the Iowa Finance Authority

Megan

Schneider

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Amanda

Shetler

Des Moines I Have a Dream Foundation

Anita

Unger

DuPont Pioneer



2018 Mentors

Representing various metro businesses and non-profit organizations, our mentors for 2018 are excited to share their knowledge and experience! Please welcome the mentors for the Community Connect 2018 program:

Kim ButlerCIBC Bank USA
Jason Bassett, Kum & Go

Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Oakridge Neighborhood Services
Blake Campbell, Best Buddies of Iowa
Carrie Clogg, Principal
Ty Doggett, RMS US LLP
Nolden Gentry
, Brick Gentry
Joe Gonzalez, Latino Resources and Latino Heritage Festival
Eric Idehen, Wells Fargo
Tina Mowry Hadden, Mowry Strategies
Vinh Nguyen, Des Moines Public Schools
Elizabeth Presutti, DART
Barb Preuss
, Des Moines Performing Arts
Julie Stewart, Prairie Meadows
San Wong, Iowa Department of Human Rights
Mee Yang-Lee, Principal

Thank you to our generous sponsor of the 2018 Community Connect Program:



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