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The 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. 

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Fearless Focus: Child care

June 20, 2024 | Noon to 1 p.m.

A look at solutions to Iowa’s child care challenges

Issues with availability and affordability plague Iowa’s child care system. In recent years, the issue has been seen by many as a business issue: If workers cannot afford or find available child care, they can’t work. Adding more fuel to the fire, school districts that can’t find enough teachers are considering or have moved to four-day weeks, leaving working parents concerned about finding available child care on days when school is not in session. In this discussion, we’ll talk to those working to change the trajectory of child care in Iowa through unique policy, business and community solutions. Come learn what’s being done and other ideas that could be employed in the future. 


Fearless Focus: Leadership and mentorship

Oct. 3, 2024 | Noon to 1 p.m.

The role mentors play in empowering women in the workplace

Elevating more women into leadership roles is still a key priority for equity advocates. Mentorship has been seen as one solution to the barriers that women face in ascending to formal leadership positions. In this conversation we will talk about the challenges women face in becoming leaders and how mentors can help guide the next generation. Hear advice on how to find a good mentor and how to be a good mentor. Come ready to be inspired and learn tips you can apply to your own career or community involvement. 


Fearless Focus: Financial empowerment (April 18, 2024)

Be more. Fear less.