University Advancement

Let's DU Lunch 

Ever curious with a hunger for knowledge, Bulldogs love to learn.  
Satisfy your craving and connect with the pack at Let's DU Lunch.

Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to join us for the 17th season of Let’s DU Lunch, a professional speaker series that lets you hear firsthand from Drake and community leaders who make Des Moines great.

September 7
October 5
November 2

Des Moines Embassy Club
666 Grand Ave. (34th Floor of the Ruan Building)
Parking available in the public ramp at 9th and Locust 

$17 per event or $42 for all three lunches
Young professional (under 35): $13 per event or $30 for all three lunches.
Pay in advance or at the door; no refunds given on cancellations or “no shows.”
Walk-up's welcome, but reservations are recommended due to limited seating.  
We cannot guarantee you a seat without a reservation.  

Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.
Buffet opens promptly at 11:45 a.m.
Speaker begins at noon 


Matthew Woodley, ED ’00, Head Coach, Iowa Energy

Drake alum Matt Woodley became the fifth head coach in franchise history after spending the past two seasons with the organization as the Associate Head Coach.  Prior to joining the Energy, Woodley served as the head coach of the Truman State Bulldogs men’s basketball program (2011-2013), served as an Assistant Coach at Washington State University (2006-2009), Middle Tennessee State University (2004-2006) and the University of Denver (2001-2004).  Woodley played three seasons for the Bulldogs graduating in 2000.  He started 83 games and finished his career as the all-time leader in steals and second all-time in three-pointers.  During his senior season, Woodley was named the team’s MVP.  Woodley will discuss his Bulldog experience, motivation for relocating back to the great city of Des Moines, and what the future holds for professional basketball in the area.
Iowa Energy Website 


Mark Jacobs, Founder, Reaching Higher Iowa

Mark Jacobs founded Reaching Higher Iowa to improve public education and to restore Iowa’s position of leadership in the field.  He is a native Iowan and a product of Iowa public schools, having graduated from Roosevelt High School. Formally, Mark served as President and CEO of Reliant Energy and was part of a team that managed a turnaround that saved the company. Mark has a long track record of leadership in civic and social issues, especially public education. He served as Board Chair for KIPP Houston Public Schools, a high-performing charter school network serving over 9,500 economically disadvantaged students and one of the great success stories in education reform. Join Mark as he speaks about Reaching Higher Iowa, its impact on the Des Moines community, and the organization’s vision for every child and foster in Iowa to have access to a world-class education.
Reaching Higher Iowa Website 


Stephen Quirk, CEO, Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS)

As the most comprehensive and largest youth shelter in the state of Iowa, YESS continues is recognized as a leader for addressing issues and creating solutions related to children's welfare.  Stephen will discuss the organization’s network of services, which cared for 1,897 children during the last fiscal year, and its future plans with more children and families turning to YESS for support than ever before. 
Young Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS) Website


Questions? Contact Jennifer Woodley, GR'07, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, or (515) 271-1947. 

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Quantity and Pricing
Let's DU Lunch Fall Series
Register for all three events for a discounted price!
A schedule has not been set up for this event
Attendees: 1 $ 42.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

September 7
Matthew Woodley, ED ’00, Head Coach, Iowa Energy
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.

October 5
Mark Jacobs, Founder, Reaching Higher Iowa
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.

November 2
Stephen Quirk, CEO, Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.