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Past Student Luncheons & Receptions

Spring 2017

  • Kate Gainer, Executive Vice President/CEO of the Iowa Pharmacy Association
  • Des Moines Public Schools Superintendent Tom Ahart
  • Izaah Knox, Urban Dreams assistant executive director
  • Mary Kramer, former Iowa State Senator and former U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Fall 2016

  • Dennis Groenenboom, executive director of Iowa Legal Aid
  • Jeff Kaufmann, chair of the Republican Party of Iowa, AND Andy McGuire, chair of the Iowa Democratic Party
  • Senator Joni Ernst
  • Michael Gartner, former president of NBC News and owner of the Iowa Cubs

Spring 2016

  • Businessman and philanthropist Bill Knapp
  • Mike Draper, creator of RAYGUN
  • Dr. Richard Deming, oncologist and founder of Above and Beyond Cancer
  • Iowa Senator Pam Jochum
  • Tom Brokaw, TV journalist

Fall 2015

  • Congressman David Young (R-IA 03)
  • Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate

Spring 2015

  • Roxanne Conlin, lawyer and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa
  • Senator Charles Grassley
  • Colonel Bob King
  • Amalie Nash, Des Moines Register executive editor and vice president for news and engagement
  • David Oman, Republican strategist
  • Ruth Harkin, businesswoman, former counsel for the USDA, former member of the Iowa Board of Regents, and wife of Sen. Tom Harkin
Harkin Institute
October 2, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen Benjamin will discuss the evolving role of American mayors in today’s political environment and other top issues facing American cities at The Harkin Institute’s Sussman Lecture on Oct. 30 at Drake University.