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Our Speaker Vice president of HCFG/CSCL Leadership Development and Talent Planning for Wells Fargo & Company, Chick Herbert will join us to talk about personal branding and career development. Chick leads a team dedicated to improving organizational performance by developing competencies of current and future leaders, assessing talent and performance gaps against organizational needs, improving diversity, and facilitating executive level succession planning to ensure business continuity. Married with three sons, Chick serves on the board of directors for Special Olympics Iowa, the SIFE Business Advisory Board for Drake University, and is in negotiations to publish his first book. He holds an engineering degree from Iowa State University and began his career with Motorola, Inc. Chick says, "The secret to an enduring brand lies in delivering an experience rather than just a collection of products and services. A powerful brand creates customer preference by consistently delivering a positive customer experience; often one that evokes emotion.

Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro 8631 Hickman Road, Clive Agenda 5:30 - Social hour 6:00 - Dinner 6:45 - Business 7:00 - Program Menu · 6 oz beef tenderloin with baked potato and vegetable; · Grilled Italian chicken with rice pilaf and vegetable; · Salmon with caper dill sauce and vegetable; or · Pasta primavera. All meals include bread, salad, tiramisu and non-alcoholic beverages. Cash bar. RSVP by 12 p.m. Sept. 13 via Evite or to [email protected] (indicate your entree choice, guest names and guest entree choices). Member fee: $25

"Clearly organizations spend timing defining and communicating their brand, but in this time of economic uncertainty, do you think about how this concept applies to you on a personal level? We each have our own personal brand comprised of the many attributes others would use to describe us in their own words. How do others perceive you? Do your daily actions support your words, or do you say one thing, and do another? Do you understand how people benefit from having you involved in their businesses? Are you referable? "Personal brand is about determining who you are at your core rather than inventing a brand you would like to be perceived as. Your personal brand emerges from gaining a greater awareness of your personal strengths and talents. Take this opportunity uncover the secret to what makes you unique, and how you can better articulate those talents and build a compelling personal brand." Invite and encourage your guests to join MWN today! Guests may attend two meetings in a 12-month period at the member rate of $25. Any additional programs attended during that period will be $35. Annual dues cover a period of 12 months from your sign-up/renewal date. Make new friends and build a strong professional network!

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. I think the creators of this holiday were right to pick a day, rather than a specific date, to celebrate ­ we can all agree a three-day weekend is a great idea! This summer has been a whirlwind of travel and activity! How can it be over already? Being able to visit North Carolina in June and South Africa in August made the summer fly by! I was so impressed with the international pediatric congress in Johannesburg ­ I already knew that women were strong and enterprising, but until I learned the basis for world education on healthcare for children rests on our shoulders, I hadn't realized the power of women in this arena. As we reviewed the millennium development goals to improve the health of children, the same fact kept surfacing. To get something accomplished, you have to engage a respected woman as a champion. That woman will teach others and the word will spread. Here's a negative example: There was an epidemic of malnutrition in one of the African countries. When studied, it was traced back to a woman who started feeding her baby coffee creamer, rather than formula. The baby liked it and it was cheaper than formula ­ looks like milk product, right? This mother thought she was doing the right thing for her baby. The baby was happy (I'm sure it tasted good) and she told friends and they started doing the same thing and the story continues with an entire region switching to coffee creamer. Unfortunately, there's no nutritional value in coffee creamer, which resulted in those infants being stunted both physically and mentally. On a more positive note, the discussions I heard about finding a woman in each area to spread the word about getting their children immunized, providing the best nutrition available, and bonding with an infant were remarkable. Educating and mentoring is the most important thing we can do ­ it is replicated in so many positive ways! My advice this month is to share your knowledge: Teach someone something they can pass along! I hope to see everyone on the 16th! Best regards,

Becky Patton-Quigley

Bonita Clark Sonya Heitshusen Erin Kiernan

Darla Stone Sherri Johnson Sally Dehnert Laurie Briggs-Leeper Susan Taber Casey Polk Didi Loynachan Pamela Henkel

Aug. 12 Aug. 22 Aug. 23 Sept. 10 Sept. 15 Sept. 21 Sept. 23 Sept. 30

The steering committee met Sept. 2 at Palmer's Deli & Market, Des Moines. Becky Patton-Quigley, Melissa Read, Sherri Johnson, Connie Blodgett, Michelle Engler, Pamela Henkel and Lori Trout attended. President Becky Patton-Quigley called the meeting to order at 5:40 p.m. The August meeting minutes were approved. The bank balance is $2,088; the report was approved. Some opportunity grants remain outstanding pending receipts. · Sept. 16: Sam and Gabe's Italian Bistro with Chick Herbert speaking on personal branding. · Oct. 21: Woman of the Year celebration at Nick's in Clive. · Dec. 2: Holiday social with catering by Terrie Kohl at By Design. Beer and boxed wine will be provided; members may bring other beverages. · Jan. 20: Annual membership meeting at Glen Oaks Country Club, with Rowena Crosby, Tero International owner and 2009 Woman Business of the Year winner. · Feb. 17: Site to be determined, with a presentation on self-defense and a new children's "boot camp."

· The Web site and community calendars have been updated. · A laptop will play a slideshow of photos and MWN information at event networking tables. Options were discussed to identify guests, new members and steering committee members at events. It was agreed that stars of various colors would be used on name tags for that purpose. · Woman of the Year nominations were discussed and voted on. The elected candidate will be contacted to ensure her availability. The runner-up will also be acknowledged in the newsletter. The nomination process will begin earlier next year to generate more interest. · The membership meeting was discussed, including plans for gift cards and decorations. · Members will be reminded at the September meeting to think about and nominate new steering committee members. Next meeting: The next steering committee meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Gateway Market, 2002 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. The meeting adjourned at 6:19 p.m. Minutes submitted by Connie Blodgett in Secretary Didi Loynachan's absence.

President: Becky Patton-Quigley Past President: Mindi O'Kane Vice President: Melissa Read Treasurer: Michelle Engler Secretary: Didi Loynachan Programs: Sherri Johnson, Connie Blodgett Publicity: Pamela Henkel Membership Directory: Lori Trout At-Large: Casey Polk, Janet Seeberger, Dr. Lindsey Calvert

Thank you to all members who have renewed their annual dues! If you have not renewed and your dues are set to expire soon, we'll send you a link to renew online - or you may pay cash/ check at a meeting or by mail (no cash).

Nearly 50 women gathered Aug. 19 at Urbandale Golf & Country Club with WHO TV anchors Sonya Heitshusen and Erin Kiernan, who discussed their career paths and experiences. Both women promote Des Moines as a great TV market, where the quality of news broadcasting is good relative to the city's size. Erin said, "People trust us here; they know us and will talk to us." When it comes to career success, Erin and Sonya emphasized how important it is to "Be authentic." Photos (clockwise "om top right): Sonya and Erin answer audience questions. Darla Stone describes her favorite fair food. New member Bonita Clark and guest Cindy Welsher talk before dinner. Steering committee members Miche$e Engler and Lori Trout greet members and guests at the door.

Angela joined MWN in March. Where were you born and raised? Waterloo, Iowa. Tell us about your family. I have five kids, three granddaughters and two dogs. Please describe your current occupation. I am an accreditation and compliance coordinator for House of Mercy. What are your hobbies/personal interests? Walking, gardening and book club. Have you read a good book or seen a good movie lately? The Help and Sti$ Alice. I laughed all the way through "Grown Ups." What are you most proud of ? My husband and children. Tell us something none of us would know about you. I would rather act like a kid than an adult; this usually only happens around my husband and grandkids, though!

What is your favorite thing to do in the area? Wine festivals, 5Ks, the Urbandale festival, and the downtown farmers market. What do you enjoy most about MWN? Meeting new friends, and of course, the food! See Angela at!

Events Calendar Oct. 21: Woman of the Year Nick's Bar and Grill 9769 University Avenue, Clive Dec. 2: Holiday Social & Charity Drive By Design (catering by Chef Terrie Kohl) 1490 86th Street, Clive Jan. 30: Annual Membership Drive Glen Oaks Country Club 1401 Glen Oaks Drive, West Des Moines With Rowena Crosby, Tero International owner and 2009 Woman Business of the Year winner

Door Prizes Contact us if you'd like to sponsor/donate a door prize for an upcoming meeting. Promote your business or other worthy cause! Networking Table Don't forget your business cards/brochures to share with members and guests at our monthly meetings we'll set up a table where everyone can place their information, highlighting one business with a brief speech before the scheduled program.

Members: Submit your ad or announcement to [email protected] by the first Thursday of each month.



Chef Terrie Kohl, Instructor/Owner/Chef

Now scheduling private classes, weddings, showers and holiday events! Gift certificates available.

Demonstration classes include full meal, recipes, instruction, bottled water and a snack (BYOB). Inquire about hands-on and private sessions (costs vary).

Eating in is the new dining out!

September Class Menu

Easy Entertaining ­ Sept. 8 Salmon en Papillote with Fresh Vegetables Italian Wedding Soup Sun-dried Tomato and Olive Galette with Fontina and Gruyere (Register by Sept. 5) Surprising Twists ­ Sept. 21 Blue Cheese Toasted Walnut Stuffed Beef Tournedo with Merlot Mustard Sauce Strawberry Basil Risotto Basil Lime Pound Cake with Whipped Cream (Register by Sept. 18) Hearty Enough for Tailgating ­ Sept. 22 Tomato Sauce with Artichokes, Italian Sausage, Black Olives and Arugula over Pasta Soul-soothing Loaded Baked Potato Soup Roasted Pears with Agave Nectar & Goat Cheese (Register by Sept. 19) Romantic Date-night ­ Sept. 29 Chicken Stuffed Shells in Rustic Tomato Olive Caper Sauce Peach and Greens with Ricotta and Balsamic Vin Chocolate Martini Napoleon (Register by Sept. 26) Light Fare ­ Sept. 30 Steamed Mussels with Kalamata Olives & Capers Autumn Risotto with Butternut Squash, Crispy Prosciutto, Sage and Aged Gouda Fall Salad with Apple, Cheddar and Walnuts (Register by Sept. 27)

Demonstration classes begin promptly at 6 p.m., ending between 8 and 9 p.m. Arrive at 5:50 p.m. Classes start at $45 per person paid in advance ($25 return check fee). Cancel at least 72 hours in advance (7 days for groups of 3+) to transfer or refund payment. 2624 NW 157th Street, Clive - (515) 987-5957 [email protected]

Metro Women's Network, c/o Michelle Engler, 4401 Beaver Crest, Des Moines, IA 50310,

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