Alumni and Development

Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to join us for the 15th season of Let’s DU Lunch, a professional speaker series that lets you hear first hand from Drake and community leaders who make Des Moines great.

Come to The Des Moines Embassy Club, 666 Grand Ave. (34th Floor of the Ruan Building) for networking and the lunch program. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the lunch buffet opens shortly after, with the featured speaker beginning at noon. The event will conclude no later than 1 p.m. 

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended due to limited seating. We cannot guarantee you a seat without a reservation. Registration will close 48 hours before the event date.

Make your reservation for each luncheon at a cost of $17 per event. The special young professional rate for attendees age 35 and under is $13 per event.

If you register and find that you cannot attend, please let us know in advance.  Your payment can be applied to a future event.  We are sorry but no refunds are available. 

Wednesday, March 4

Don Short, West End Architectural Salvage

Don Short is the owner of West End Architectural Salvage and one of the stars of the DIY network’s West End Salvage. Short has restored 27 houses in theDes Moines area and spent 12 years renovating the 100-year-old Willard Mansion in Marshalltown, Iowa. West End has about 50,000 square feet of salvaged merchandise and is a popular events venue. Don’s talk will cover West End’s history, TV stardom, and his personal and professional journey.

Wednesday, April 1

Connie Wimer and Janette Larkin, Business Publications Corp.



Connie Wimer is the owner and chairman of Business Publications Corporation, Inc., and Janette Larkin is the publisher. Business Publications produces the Business Record in addition to more than 20 other magazines, guides, and periodicals annually. As the leaders of one of the largest media companies in Des Moines, Connie and Janette will share their professional insight and the story of Business Publications and its role in the community.

Wednesday, May 6

Central Iowa Entrepreneurs and Innovators Panel

Greater Des Moines has been named one of the nation’s top-under-the-radar tech hubs (Sparefoot) and one of the three best cities to start a business (Forbes). Three area entrepreneurs will talk about the up-and-coming techand entrepreneurial scene in central Iowa:

Brian Hemesath, Managing Director, Global Insurance Accelerator
Mike Colwell, Executive Director, Business Innovation Zone
John Jackovin, CEO, Bawte