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West Des Moines Chapter

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

West Des Moines Chapter

Next Scheduled Event

Monthly Lunch meeting!  is Thursday, May 17 @ 11:30am 22.0

Meeting Location: Sam and Gabes
8631 Hickman Road
Urbandale, IA 50322

Program: Please help us in welcoming Kellie Markey, as speaks of her journey navigating her career as a successful business woman to finding her purpose in Dorothy's House. Raised in Des Moines, Iowa Kellie moved to Chicago following an Urban Studies program during her senior year in college to pursue a career in marketing/advertising. In 1991 she moved to San Francisco to continue her career working in ad agencies, and Returned to Chicago in 1996 and began her Professional MBA program at Loyola in 1998. In 1999 she was offered a senior marketing position at eBay. She became VP, Global Direct Marketing at eBay where she drove the strategies and infrastructure for communications. She became VP Global Direct Marketing, helping eBay assets and equity investments develop their strategies and grow their businesses in Asia, Latin America, and Canada. She left eBay in 2005. She settled back in Des Moines full time in late 2011 and then spent several months looking for volunteer opportunities as a way to re-connect with the community, make friends and perhaps find employment. She began volunteering with teen girls at Youth Emergency Services & Shelter in 2013,during this time she learned of the nature and severity of abuse against children in our community. Later that year, she completed her Foster Parenting license in order to care for teen girls in her home. She also began flipping homes in her neighborhood as a way to improve the community she lived in, and worked with individuals and families to help them find housing they might otherwise not be able to afford. In October of 2013, she tripped over a home that called to her. There was a giant banner on the house with a phone number but no other indication it was for sale. She called and a week later walked into the home. She named it Dorothy's House.

RSVP by Monday, May 14 : Miki @ mweber@orchestrate-mgmt.com

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