Melanie Mackey, events and marketing coordinator, West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce

I’m a local comedian, and every time I get onstage to tell my story and make people laugh, it’s an act of relentlessly honoring my truth. It’s the most fun way to be brave!

From getting fired from my first full-time job because I called out sexism in the workplace, to leaving a seven-year relationship so I could find myself, I have a lot of fun stories of choosing myself and making fear my friend along the way.

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