Women have an innate ability to support, learn and empower one another through shared experiences and stories.

Every woman is at a different place on life’s journey. She might be at the beginning of her story trying to discover her strengths and where to go next, or honing her craft with an eye toward a top leadership position, or leveraging decades of life’s lessons and wisdom to lift up others.

Join the Business Record to kick off your day the final Friday of each month at our Fearless Friday interactive event series. Focused on women and gender topics, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and connect in breakout sessions with others around the state equally as passionate about these issues. Women, gender-nonconforming individuals and male allies are all encouraged to be fearless with us.

When you register, you can either sign up for just one event, or register for the entire series by selecting a series ticket. Each month you will receive an email with the Zoom link to gain access to that month’s Fearless Friday event.

January’s Fearless Friday: Power of the people in public office

Date: Jan. 29, 2021
Time: 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual
Topic: We’ll talk about representation of Iowa women in government, look at Iowa’s gender balance laws and examine the policies affecting women that are on the docket in the state Legislature in the coming year. Featuring: Iowa’s Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Cindy Axne, who will provide prerecorded addresses to the audience about what it’s like to be a woman in politics and what women considering running should know.
Registration: To sign up for the entire series, or just for this event, register here.


Each month we have a focus area that will drive our reporting in our weekly enewsletter and at our Fearless Friday discussions – see the full list of upcoming Fearless Friday topics below.

  • Power of the People and Public Office (1/29) – register
  • Health care (2/26)
  • Leadership (3/26)
  • Overcoming discrimination and adversity (4/23)
  • Career pathways and advancement (5/21)
  • Advocacy and community involvement (6/25)
  • Risk taking (7/23)
  • Confidence (8/27)
  • Mentoring and professional development (9/24)
  • Business ownership (10/29)
  • Child care (12/17)