FHLB Des Moines seeking a freelance technical writer

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines is seeking a freelance technical writer to assist with a number of communications pieces. Please contact Angie Richards,arichards@fhlbdm.com, for more information.

IABC Iowa welcomes new Board of Directors for coming year

The Iowa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) announces its leadership team for the organization’s 2016-2017 fiscal year. The following have been elected for one-year terms:

  • President: Ashley Jared, Iowa Finance Authority
  • President-Elect: Amanda Olerich, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
  • Vice President, Communications: Kevin Shoesmith, Mercer and Wendy Bellus, Nationwide
  • Vice President, Membership: Jessie Zaruba, EMC Insurance Companies
  • Vice President, Professional Development: Mitch Fastenau, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
  • Vice President, Treasury: Beth Mahaffey, Iowa Finance Authority

In addition to elected positions, the following will assist the chapter in non-elected positions:

  • Sara Brown, Director of Professional Development
  • Anne Rierson, Director of Communications 

Visit IABC/Iowa to learn more about this chapter and the larger organization.

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. The Iowa chapter connects its members with fellow communicators and helps them advance their careers. For more information, visit iowa.iabc.com.

30 Groundbreaking Ideas in 30 Minutes

What: Join us as six local marketing experts provide insight into their five best ideas over the last year…all in 30 minutes!


  • Emily Abbas – Bankers Trust
  • Eric Hanson – KCCI-TV
  • Lisa Holtorf – Strategic America
  • Shawna Lode – Iowa Tourism Office
  • Tiffany Tauscheck – Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Kevin Waetke – National Pork Board

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Forte Conference Center, 615 3rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

More Details: Lunch and networking opportunities will be provided.

Cost: $25 for IABC members, $35 for non-IABC members


March IABC/Iowa Member Spotlight – Steve Carlson

Each month, we will feature a different IABC/Iowa member. In the March spotlight, get to know Steve Carlson.

Steve Carlson

Company and position title?
Wells Fargo – Vice President, Corporate Communications

Length of IABC membership?
Since 2001

What do you value most/what are you looking to gain from IABC? 
I’ve always thought networking and professional development opportunities – whether they be at the local chapter level or at the international conferences – were the most beneficial aspects of being involved in IABC.

Favorite book?
The Go-Giver

Favorite quote?
The quality of a man’s life is measured by how deeply he has touched the lives of others.

Favorite hobbies?
Fitness and travel

Favorite lunch spot?
Palmer’s Deli

Get ready – March is IABC Member Month

Get moving and create connection with IABC during March Member Month. We’re again waiving the $40 joining fee and offering discounted dues. Prizes are on offer for new members, renewing members, and member referrals.

There are multiple drawings available on the theme of “get moving and create connection”. Prizes will include FitBit Blazes and pairs of New Balance 1500 shoes.

There are plenty of materials now available on the Member Month page to help you promote member month in your chapter or region. And stay tuned – more graphics and social media posts will be added throughout the month.