West Des Moines Chapter

A League of the American Business Women's Association
Urbandale , IA

West Des Moines Chapter

Next Scheduled Event

ABW Day Annual Dinner Event
Thursday, September 20 @ 5:30pm

Meeting Location: Woodlands Creek Community Center
12605 Woodlands Pkwy
Clive, IA 50325

5:15 p.m. Networking and Silent Auction 6:00 p.m. Welcome, Dinner, Keynote Speaker?Sonya Heitshusen Spotlight on Vendors, Recognition, Silent Auction Announcements 8:00 p.m. Closing Remarks Sonya Heithusen, WHO-TV newscaster, will be the speaker. Sonya grew up in eastern Iowa, near the Amana Colonies. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado from 1985 to 1987; The University of London in London England in 1988; and Iowa State University from 1989 to 1992. Sonya earned her Bachelors of Science in 1992, majoring in journalism with an emphasis in electronic media studies and a minor in speech. Sonya is a recognized figure for her work in the Des Moines television media as well as for her work in the Des Moines community. She worked as a reporter and anchor for ABC affiliate WOI-TV from 1991 to 2001. In 2001 she left to pursue a different career path unrelated to media. However, it was not long before she realized that journalism was a strong portion of her life and felt the urge to return. ?There is nothing like the daily adrenaline rush you get from working in a newsroom.? Sonya said. Now she reports and anchors for Channel 13 News at 5. Actively involved in the community, Sonya has participated in events with: Variety Club, Big Brothers ? Big Sisters, Ankeny YMCA Board of Directors, The American Diabetes Association, the Governor?s Conference on Aging and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sonya has won five Emmy?s and received two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. She has also received multiple awards from the Northwest Broadcast News Assoc., IBNA and Associated Press. In her spare time, Sonya enjoys running and exercise in general. She has completed several marathons and triathlons. She also enjoys drawing, painting and literature. Hosted by the Des Moines Area Council of the American Business Women?s Association. Proceeds are distributed to local ABWA Chapters in support of education/scholarships.

RSVP by Thursday, September 13 : Kathy McBride @ mcbridesmile@msn.com

League News

September 14, 2017

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Executive Board and members of the West Des Moines Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Your league has fulfilled the requirements for Level 3 Best Practices in League Management. Thank you for caring enough to cultivate a community that provides its members with opportunities to achieve their personal and professional best. You represent the best of ABWA's ideals.

League Vision Statement

The vision of the West Des Moines Charter Chapter is to provide a welcoming environment offering a continuous opportunity for personal and professional growth to women of all ages and experience levels. We meet the third Thursday of the month over the lunch hour at Sam and Gabes in Urbandale, IA Please join us at a monthly meeting to learn more about our Chapter and the benefits of being a member of ABWA including: Education, Networking, Professional Development and National Recognition.

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