Alumni and Development

Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to join us for the 14th 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. Or save money by reserving your place now at all three events for only $42. The special young professional rate for attendees age 35 and under is $13 per event or $30 for all three events. 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, September 3

Jay Byers and Gene Meyer, GR’81, The Greater Des Moines Partnership


Forbes recently lauded Des Moines as a best place for business and careersas well as to raise a family—what’s next? Hear from The Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO Jay Byers and President Gene Meyer, GR’81, for an update on exciting developments in Des Moines as well as progress with Capital Crossroads, the strategic plan for Greater Des Moines. Previously, Byers worked as district director for Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell and as a corporate attorney. Meyer served as mayor of West Des Moines from 1997 through 2006, and led Iowa’s Department of Criminal Investigation.

Wednesday, October 1

Donna Tweeten, JO’85, Hy-Vee, Inc.

Donna Tweeten, JO’85, is the  vice president of marketing and communications for Hy-Vee. She will shed light on the marketing strategy behind Hy-Vee’s branding and community partnerships and on the impact these programs have had. Previously president and chief creative officer ofThe Meyocks Group, Tweeten has been counseling companies on how to improve and evolve their brand for most of her 20-plus-year career.

Wednesday, November 5

Dedicated Luncheon Honoring Robert D. Ray, BN’52, LW’54, 38th Governor of Iowa

Gov. Robert Ray served as the governor of Iowa (1969-1983), interim mayor of the City of Des Moines, and president of Drake University (1998). As governor he was instrumental in the resettlement of southeast Asian refugees to the state and helped launch the Institute for Character Development at the University. A panel of speakers will discuss Gov. Ray’s impact nationally and locally—as a state leader, philanthropist, and humanitarian.