EWI® of Des Moines

    The Des Moines Chapter of Executive Women International. was chartered on April 5, 1971 with Avis Eckel, representing The Stoner Company, being the first president. The charter dinner was held at the Hotel Savery and Janis Rigney of the Oklahoma City Chapter served as the chartering officer. The chapter began with the required 25 member firms and the following charter firms are still active supporters of the chapter:

    • Iowa Credit Union League
    • Josephs Jewelers
    • Hotel Savery (now Renaissance Savery Hotel)
    • KPMG Peat Marwick (now KPMG)

    The Des Moines Chapter has always been a strong and active chapter with many accomplishments to its credit. The Des Moines Chapter has hosted several Midwest/Tri-State Forums that included Minneapolis, Kansas City and Des Moines. Later the Omaha Chapter was also invited to attend.

    Four representatives from the Des Moines Chapter have served on the Corporate Board. Kay King, a representative from then Northwestern Bell Telephone Company (now Qwest), Ann Engelbrecht with the Des Moines Register, Kim Fankhauser with The Greater Des Moines Partnership, and most recently, Christine Healy with The Printer Inc. have served on the Corporate Board.

    The Des Moines Chapter holds monthly meetings throughout the year. The meetings are scheduled for the first Monday of each month. The meeting format varies but usually includes a speaker who may be educational, motivational or informational. Member firms also have the opportunity to host chapter meetings to acquaint other member firms with their business. Two Business Meetings are held during the year. At the Business Meetings, committee reports are given and matters requiring a vote are brought before the Membership.

    The Des Moines Chapter also hosts an Executives' Night to honor all Executives. In addition, an Executive of the Year Award is presented to an Executive who has exhibited exceptional support to EWI.

    There are also many opportunities for networking and relationship building through activities such as Lunch Bunch, Purely Social outings, and community involvement events.