Alumni and Development

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 16th 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.

Oct. 7 ...RSVP by Sept. 30
Nov. 4 ... RSVP by Oct. 28

Des Moines Club, 666 Grand Ave. (34th floor of the Ruan Building)
Parking available nearby. Downtown Des Moines Parking Map.

11:30am - 1:00pm
Networking begins at 11:30
Buffet opens promptly at 11:45am
Speaker begins at noon

$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"


Wednesday, October 7

Niki DePhillips, Senior Vice President of Store Development, Kum & Go

Started in Iowa, family-owned Kum & Go has grown to be the fifth largest privately held and company-operated convenience store in the country and will soon relocate its headquarters to downtown Des Moines.  Hear from Niki DePhillips as she discusses the future of Kum & Go and its downtown location.


Wednesday, November 4

Justin Mandelbaum and Siobhan Spain, DesMoinesArts, Inc.

Justin Mandelbaum and Siobhan Spain will share their work with DesMoinesArts, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing permanent, affordable workspace to artists in an effort to transform the local art scene into a self-sustaining economic and cultural driver in the community.  Justin is the president and founder of the organization as well as principal at Mandelbaum Properties, a family-owned real estate investment, development, property management, and advisory firm.  Siobhan is director of DesMoinesArts; she returned to Des Moines in 2009 from Los Angeles, where she directed the Mary Goldman Gallery and helped the Santa Monica Museum of Art initiate its annual fundraising event.

Questions:  Contact Blake Campbell, Director of Alumni Relations, at, or (515) 271-3077.

Please choose your registration(s)

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Quantity and Pricing
Let's DU Lunch October
Niki DePhillips, Senior Vice President of Store Development at Kum & Go.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.

Let's DU Lunch November
Justin Mandelbaum and Siobahn Spain from DesMoinesArts, Inc.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Attendees: 1 $ 17.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.

** The parking ramp on 7th and Grand Ave is closed.

See map for parking locations in downtown Des Moines.