Speaker Date Topic
Nora Everett, President of RIS and Chairman of PFG Feb 22, 2019 7:00 AM
Your 401K and Investment Strategy
Your 401K and Investment Strategy


Nora Everett,
President of Retirement Income Solutions (RIS) and Chairman of Principal Financial Group Funds 

Nora Everett is president of Retirement and Income Solutions (RIS) and chairman of Principal Funds at Principal Financial Group®. She is responsible for U.S. retirement, annuity, broker-dealer and banking businesses at Principal®.

Everett joined Principal in 1991 as an attorney and was promoted to senior vice president and deputy general counsel in 2004. She was promoted to senior vice president, Retirement and Investor Services and President of Principal Funds in 2008, and CEO of Principal Funds in 2010. Everett was promoted to her current position in 2015. Prior to joining Principal, she practiced law in Washington, D.C.

She earned her bachelor’s degree and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Iowa State University and her J.D. degree from William & Mary Law School. Everett serves on several boards, including Principal Funds, Principal International, Principal Asset Management Company (Asia) Limited in Hong Kong,Origin Asset Management, Finisterre Capital, United Way of Central Iowa, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and Greater Des Moines Partnership. She also serves on the Investment Company Institute’s Board of Governors.

About Principal®

Principal Financial Group®(NYSE:PFG) helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com.

Bruce Harreld, President of University of Iowa Mar 01, 2019 7:00 AM
Investing in Iowa's Future
Investing in Iowa's Future

Bruce Harreld became the 21stpresident of the University of Iowa on November 2, 2015. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

President Harreld served on the faculty of Harvard Business School from 2008–2014, with dual appointments to the entrepreneurial and strategy units. He was faculty chair of the Building New Businesses in Established Organizations program. As a faculty member, he taught in numerous executive programs in Cambridge, Qatar, Mumbai, and Shanghai. He also has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University in the Kellogg School of Management, developing the first-ever MBA course on Strategic Use of Information Technology.

President Harreld has served in several corporate leadership positions. As senior vice president and division president of Kraft General Foods, he led the strategic unit that formulated strategy and executed acquisitions for this multibillion-dollar company. As president and board member of Boston Market Company, he, along with five other partners, led the organization from 20 stores in the Boston area to over 1,100 stores nationally. As senior vice president of IBM, President Harreld worked with the CEO and senior management team to chart the organization’s transformation from near bankruptcy, led the business transformation team that streamlined operations and reintegrated the global organization, and led the strategy unit that was responsible for the formulation and execution of the company’s overall strategy. President Harreld has also served as a consultant, advising public, private, and military organizations on leadership, organic growth, and strategic renewal, including serving as manager, vice president, and member of the board of the Boston Consulting Group.

President Harreld is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and book chapters in such journals and magazines as the Harvard Business ReviewCalifornia Management Review, and Financial Executive, and books and monographs such as Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective(Oxford University Press, 2015) and Core Curriculum Strategy Reading: Executive Strategy(Harvard Business Publishing, 2014). He has also authored or coauthored several case studies for Harvard Business Publishing.

President Harreld has received several awards, including the Accenture Award for best business article of the year and the Distinguished Industrial Engineer and Distinguished Engineering Awards from Purdue University.


Brian Nelson: Disruptive Technologies, Crypto Curr Mar 08, 2019 7:00 PM
Disruptive Technologies,

Brian Nelson: Disruptive Technologies, Crypto Currency Expert


Brian Nelson is an Exponential Technologies Entrepreneur, cofounder of 7tk (a private crypto currency club), and a Blockchain Advisor. His fingerprint on the history of Bitcoin was made in 2013 when he, and a couple of key partners, developed the very first surety bond solution for Bitcoin companies that ultimately led to the launch of the first regulatory-compliant Bitcoin exchanges in the U.S. Those exchanges are still around today and continue to play a major role in the massive growth of the ecosystem.  As a recognized figure in the Bitcoin and blockchain technology ecosystem, Brian has consulted with many of the top digital currency companies, spoken at numerous industry events, and was one of 40 industry insiders invited to attend the Blockchain Summit with Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island.

Mary Vermeer Andringa, Chair of the Board Mar 22, 2019 7:00 AM
Vermeer Manufacturing: Rebirth After the Tornado
Vermeer Manufacturing: Rebirth After the Tornado


Mary Vermeer Andringa, Chair of the Board
Vermeer Corporation

Pella, Iowa

Mary Vermeer Andringa is Chair of the Board at Vermeer Corporation, a global industrial and agricultural equipment company headquartered in Pella.  Prior to assuming her current role in 2015, she was CEO and Chair of the Board for one year and President and CEO for five years.  Earlier roles at Vermeer included Co-CEO and COO, focusing on her passion for continuous improvement and innovation.

Ms. Andringa is a member of the B20, the private sector's channel into the G20, providing leadership on small business and entrepreneurship with the intent to use her voice to remove obstacles and create a better business environment for small businesses to thrive.  She also currently serves as the Vice President of the Iowa Business Council.

Ms. Andringa was inducted into IndustryWeek's Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2013. She served a two-year term as chair of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation's largest manufacturing association and has recently been named Honorary Vice Chair. She also served on President Obama's, Export Council where she represented manufacturing on important trade matters.  She is also a past member of the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee.

Ms. Andringa credits her background in education for her inherent proficiency at leadership and inspiring team members to reach new heights in their personal and professional development.  After her degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she taught in the Iowa public school system and later in Omaha, Nebraska, for approximately 6 years.  She recently completed a two-year term as the co-chair of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council and has been named one of the Top 100 CEOs in STEM by STEMconnector.



Vanessa McNeal, Director of Gridshock Documentary Jun 07, 2019 7:00 AM
Gridshock Documentary: Human Trafficking in Iowa
Gridshock Documentary: Human Trafficking in Iowa

BIO:  Vanessa McNeal, Director of Gridshock Documentary

Vanessa McNeal MSW, is an award winning documentary filmmaker, national speaker, and 2x TEDx speaker.  She speaks nationally on how to confront adversity with grace using her personal story as a vehicle to inspire and empower others.  She is known for her investment and wisdom in topics that are often difficult to talk about.  Her message has resonated with audiences around the world through the influential topics of overcoming adversity, sexual violence, social change, leadership and empowerment.

At an early age, Vanessa experienced child sexual abuse and neglict.  Due to the neglect, she wasn't taken to school regularly, so she was placed in a remedial class.  She spent time in foster care before she was raised by her grandparents.  At age 15, Vanessa was sexually assaulted at a college preparatory program and overcame the many faces of rape culture. Vanessa was the first in her family to graduate high school and went on to pursue her Bachelor's degree at Iowa State University.  She received her Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa.

In 2017, Vanessa founded her production company McNeal Media with the goal of creating social change through the art of storytelling.  She is the Director of the internationally recognized documentary, "The Voiceless".  The film features the stories of male survivors of sexual violence.  She won "Best Director" for the documentary at the Newark International Film Festival.  At Indiefest she received Woman Filmmaker Award of Recognition.  She is currently directing "Gridshock", a documentary that investigates the flourishing sex trafficking industry in Iowa.

Vanessa won the 2017 YWCA "Woman of Tomorrow" award.  She was also honored with the 2018 STATEment maker award in the entrepreneurial sprit category.  She has also been featured in numerous publications, articles, and news broadcasts.