Let's DU Lunch - Fall 2019

Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to the 21st season of Let’s DU Lunch—a professional speaker series offering you food for thought with Des Moines' dreamers and doers. All alumni, friends, and community members are welcome to attend.

Enjoy all three lunches at $56 or purchase one lunch at our standard rate of $22. Young professionals (under age 35) can receive a discounted rate of $16 per event.


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Fall 2019 Speakers

Tanner Krause
Tanner Krause
President of Kum & Go

September 3 // 11:30-1:00PM

Tanner Krause is the President of Kum & Go, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the fourth generation to lead in the family-owned business. As President, Tanner oversees the marketing, operations and human resources functions. Together, these teams provide support to more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores across 11 states.

Rachel Pain Caulfield
Rachel Paine Caufield
Professor, Drake Department of Political Science
Director of the Iowa Caucus Project

October 1 // 11:30-1:00PM

Rachel Paine Caufield joined the Department of Political Science at Drake in 2001, and teaches courses on American politics, with special attention to political institutions. She is also the director of the Iowa Caucus Project, which tells the stories of the people and places that define Iowa politics and the first in the nation Iowa caucuses.

Scott Raecker
Scott Raecker
Executive Director of The Ray Center

November 12 // 11:30-1:00PM

Scott Raecker serves as Executive Director of The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. The Center's mission is to improve civility through character development and ethical leadership. From the preschool environment to the corporate boardroom, The Ray Center is coordinating efforts to create a positive environment of civility, principled decision-making, and ethical leadership in our daily lives.


Event Time and Location

Des Moines Embassy Club
34th Floor of the Ruan Building
666 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Questions? Contact Andy Verlengia with Alumni Relations at andrew.verlengia@drake.edu or 515-271-3077.

Public parking is available in the public ramp at 9th and Locust. Seating is limited. Walk-ins are welcome, but we cannot guarantee a seat without a reservation. Reservations transferable to a guest if you are unable to attend. Registration will close when capacity is met. No refunds given for cancellations or no-shows.



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Tuesday November 12
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
November 12: Scott Raecker, Executive Director of The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University.
Event registration summary
Let's DU Lunch November 2019:
Young Professional
Standard Rate

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