High above the rest of the city, the Des Moines Club on the 34th floor of the downtown Ruan Building, swells with people chatting professions, connections and stories of Drake Relays activities.
Once a month, the Drake University Alumni Association pairs with the Greater Des Moines Partnership to host a ‘Let’s DU Lunch’ event. Over the lunch hour, professionals from around the area can attend, network and continue the Drake mission of “lifelong learning.”
Wednesday, the Let’s DU Lunch event will feature Carol Griglione, the president for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa board of directors. She is the chief of staff in the Law Department at Principal Financial.the Law Department. In August, the Des Moines Business Record also named her with the prestigious title of a Woman of Influence.
When the Drake University Alumni Association approached the Animal Rescue League about the opportunity, Griglione was interested in speaking at the event because of her Drake master’s degree in public administration. She said the degree has helped her ascend to her current positions.
“I have been able to bring skills that I learned in my educational journey to use for the good of my professional work and at the Animal Rescue League.”
Griglione found her love for volunteering and caring for animals at a young age.
“I’ve been working for animals in my adult life for over 20 years now and feel that we have a responsibility to speak for them because they can’t speak for themselves.”
Many of the speakers in the past have been Drake graduates. The April 6 Let’s DU Lunch event will feature Martha Willits, the president and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership on the subject of advancing central Iowa.
Let’s DU Lunch speakers have a passion for their topics of interest, such as February’s speaker Mike Draper, the owner and founder of custom print store RAYGUN, on the subject of entrepreneurial sprit.
Tickets into this educating and intriguing event are $17 and reservations are recommended, although walk-ins are welcome. There is a special rate of only $13 for young professionals under the age of 35.
Those looking to reserve a spot can click to www.alumni.drake.edu or call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 271-3147.
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