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

Economic development has 
consistently been on the rise in Central Iowa for the last several years. Investopedia ranked Des Moines as one of the "top emerging startup cities in 2015." In 2014, Greater Des Moines was named "one of the nation’s top-under-the-radar tech hubs" by Sparefoot. And in 2013, Forbes named Des Moines "one of the three best cities to start a business."

On Wednesday, May 6 three area entrepreneurs will talk about the up-and-coming tech and entrepreneurial scene in Central Iowa:


Brian Hemesath

Mike Colwell


John Jackovin


Managing Director

Executive Director




Global Insurance Accelerator

Business Innovation Zone