These events are part of the Business Record’s Fearless initiative, which is a multiplatform initiative with women-centered content, events and media designed to help women and the companies and allies who both value and support them. The elements of this brand can be simplified into one goal: We want to help empower Iowa women to succeed in work and life.

Through the Fearless Focus event series, we give you the opportunity to learn from and connect 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.

Those who subscribe to our weekly Fearless e-newsletter see in-depth, solutions-oriented reporting about gender and family issues. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to sign up for it (it’s free!). 

Be more. Fear less. 


Thursday, Oct. 6 | noon to 1 p.m. | Virtual event | Register

FEARLESS FOCUS: Taking a leap
How risk-taking and failure can help women succeed 
The most successful people have often failed – many times – before getting to where they are now. They take big risks, which requires taking a leap of faith even through fear. In this conversation, we’ll hear from women who have done just that. Girls and women are often taught, or put pressure on themselves, to be perfect and are less likely to shoot for a goal than boys and men if they don’t think they’re qualified. Through sharing both personal and business-related examples, our speakers will give advice on how to find success, how to learn from failure and how you can support yourself or women you know in their journeys of reaching toward their goals. 


Thursday, Nov. 17 | 10 a.m. to noon | West Des Moines Sheraton
Limited general admission tickets will be available in October.
Become a Fearless Supporter – Secure a table

We invite you to join us and others equally passionate about empowering Iowa women as we celebrate two years of the Business Record’s Fearless initiative. Women, gender-nonconforming individuals and male allies are all encouraged to be fearless with us. 

To celebrate Fearless, a lineup of inspiring women will share their stories of fearlessness and courage. Attendees will be seated at a table with female leaders, including some of our past Women of Influence honorees, who will lead powerful discussions to share perspectives and insights on succeeding in work and life. Attendees will build additional connections with leaders and other participants as they rotate to different tables throughout the event. 

As part of our Fearless core values, this event will create an atmosphere where everyone has a seat and voice at the table. This dynamic interaction will give you not only a chance to learn from others’ experiences and engage in topics facing women in the workplace, but you’ll also have the opportunity to develop and deepen your relationships with women across the state.

General admission ticket sales will be limited and won’t begin until mid-October, but as a Fearless Supporter, your business can secure a reserved table at the event, ensure your team can interact with other community leaders, and position itself as an industry leader with an advertisement in the printed Fearless edition of the Business Record.

This package is a way to elevate your company as a supporter of both women in the community and in your workforce as you position your organization to compete for top talent as an employer of choice.

If you are interested in purchasing a Fearless Supporter sponsorship for the event, please fill out the form and you will be contacted by a representative on our team.

There are a limited number of Fearlesss table sponsorships available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsorships must be reserved by Oct 7. If you have questions, please contact Stacey Thompson at staceythompson@bpcdm.com.