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.

March 1
April 5
May 3

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 


Wednesday, March 1 

Joe Stevens Cofounder and CEO Joppa Outreach

In 2008, the Stevens family, consisting of Joe, Jacki and Caleb, found themselves called to serve the homeless of Iowa.  What started as the family handing out supplies evolved into Joppa, which helps the homeless secure housing and provides support once housing is secured.  Joppa has helped nearly 250 people find homes, 90 percent of whom remain in housing today.  Join Joe as he discusses Joppa's role in the community and its mission-focused goals for the future!

Wednesday, April 5

Drake President Marty Martin and Blake Boldon, Director of Drake Relays

President Martin has developed a strong presence both at Drake and in the community since his arrival in 2015.  He has led efforts to rethink strategic planning at Drake, has been the driving force behind recent recruitment initiatives, and is a champion for increasing the University's engagement with the Greater Des Moines community.  As he approaches his two-year anniversary, President Martin will offer insight into strategic priorities and emerging opportunities for the University.

Blake Boldon was named the Franklin 'Pitch" Johnson Director of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee in 2016.  As a collegian, the Osceola, Iowa native won five Missouri Valley Conference titles and a Drake Relays title in the 1,500 meters in 2003.  In 2007, he became the third Iowan to run a sub 4-minute mile, finishing second at the Drake Relays to American record holder Alan Webb.  Join Blake for a preview of what's to come at this year's Drake Relays.

Wednesday, May 3

Erin Kiernan,  WHO TV - Channel 13

Erin graduated from Drake University with a degree in broadcast journalism. She has worked for Channel 13 New Team since 2005 and has played a major role in the station's ongoing success.  In addition to anchoring the 5, 6 and 10 o'clock newscasts, Erin has written and produced many of the station's award-winning investigative and feature reports.  Erin will speak about her life as an anchor for evening news and the changing role of the media since the beginning of her career.

Questions? Contact Diane Caldbeck, ED'72,  Associate Vice President/Director of Alumni Relations, or (515) 271-3077. 

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Quantity and Pricing
Let's DU Lunch Spring Series 2017
Register for all 3 lunches for a discounted rate!
A schedule has not been set up for this event
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 42.00 ea.

Let's DU Lunch March 2017
Joe Stevens - Cofounder and CEO JOPPA Outreach
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.

Let's DU Lunch April 2017
Drake President Marty Martin and Blake Boldon, Director of Drake Relays
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.

Let's DU Lunch May 2017
Erin Kiernan WHO-TV Channel 13
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.