SmartTalk in Des Moines

Mon, 11/12/2012


SmartTalk in Des Moines

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It may seem early to start thinking about plans for the New Year, but in the world of conferences and speaker events, the New Year is right around the corner. One program I’ve got my eye on is the SmartTalk Connected Conversations season series coming to the Civic Center.

What started as a women’s lecture series has now become a major annual event in different cities across the country. The first Des Moines event was held in 2004. Now that I look at who the speakers were last year – Jane Goodall,Frances Mayes and Arianna Huffington to name a few – I’m kicking myself for having missed it. I guess I was still finding my prairie legs (as opposed to sea legs) at the time, after having just moved to DSM.

This time around, I’m ready. The event organizers at SmartTalk just announced the Des Moines line-up this past week, and it’s certainly an interesting mix of speakers: Joan LundenDoris RobertsPaula AbdulAndie MacDowell and King Peggy & Eleanor Herman. There is one event each month, starting in January through to May, and the evening includes pre-show socializing and food, plus Q&A at the end of the presentation. Details about the speakers and the date they’re featured can be found here.

Apparently, the Des Moines program has been known to sell-out, so if this looks like something you’d like to do, you may want to mark your calendars for November 21 – the day tickets go on sale. To attend the events, you purchase a subscription for the whole program – five events over five months.

Series ticket prices are $119.00 for a special 10% off discount offered until December 1st only. That breaks down to $23.80 per event, which doesn’t seem too bad a deal at all. It’s also nice to know that a percentage of ticket sales are reinvested in local charities, and the organizers are also donating a portion of sales to support Super Storm Sandy recovery efforts. Tickets can be ordered by visiting the Civic Center, calling 515-246-2300 or going to


Have you attended the series in years past? If yes, why not tell us about your experience. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to meeting up with fellow Des Moinesians at the events in the New Year.