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YPC Annual Gala

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Name: YPC Annual Gala
Date: December 1, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM CST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Each year, during the YPC Annual Gala, young professionals and business leaders will join together to reflect, connect and further engage with the Greater Des Moines community.

This year's YPC Annual Gala will be held Saturday, December 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Curate. It is $50 for members and $75 for non-members. If you're not a member, you can join for one year for $25 and purchase the ticket at the membership rate. Black tie optional attire is encouraged. Registration is required.    

The formal gala will include a networking hour, three-course dinner, YPC review and preview, keynote presentation, and live music. Parking is available on the street with meters. After 9 p.m. street parking is free.

YPC has formed a dynamic network of leaders committed to shaping Greater Des Moines into a fun place to live, work and play. In turn, the organization has increased retention rates of young professionals in the Des Moines community. It has also helped strengthen relationships between young professionals, business leaders, and community members.

"This event isn't only a great opportunity to celebrate what YPC has done in the past 17 years," said Ryan Bruner, YPC President, "It is an opportunity to look to the future and poise the organization and Des Moines community for future success."


About the Keynote Speaker

Jen Schwartz is a Human Resources Business Partner at Principal Financial Group, where she has been employed since 2003. In this role she works with leaders to create and enable talent strategies for their global business. Prior to this role she worked in recruiting acquiring new talent for the organization.

Jen received her Bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in Business Management. She continued her education at Drake, where she earned an MBA. Jen is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. Jen was named Principal's Working Mother of the Year in 2017 and has been a top national fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with Team Brave Ben.

Jen and her husband Brian have three children, Annabelle (9), Benjamin (6), and Nathaniel (3). In addition to her family and career Jen enjoys traveling, Cyclone athletics, and competing in triathlons. 

322 E Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Contact Information:
Kendra Simmons, Community Engagement Director
$50 Member 
$75 Non-Member
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