Seize the City with FHLBDM

Photo courtesy of Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

By Tia Snyder, Sales and Communications Intern,

After a full work day, I continued to have some pep in my step knowing I would shortly be at the fourth “Seize the City” event and see some familiar faces.

The walk took me under ten minutes from the Greater Des Moines Partnership office to Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater. The busy street was awash with eager people racing home to their families or Netflix in bed. I raced to friends I’ve met through the program and delicious food to fuel my empty stomach.

Friendly faces from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, the event’s sponsor, greeted interns at the door. Additional FHLBDM interns and staff were scattered throughout the room to spark conversation amongst everyone.

I chatted to a table of early arrivers, such as myself, and waved to some friends from previous events. Most importantly (if my stomach was writing this), I dived into the buffet of food. After some tasty appetizers, we jumped into the nitty-gritty of the night.

The panelists were diverse in age, race and industry with their success and prominence as role models uniting them to our event. The Greater Des Moines Partnership was lucky to have snagged them for the evening.

The outstanding panel consisted of Jovan Johnson, Beth Brockway, Jay Byers, Jana Rieker and Lonnie Dafney with personal brand the theme of the night. Let me tell you, the interns hit hard and brought some thought provoking questions.

“How do you cut ties with someone hurting your personal brand? How does the work/life balance go for you? What are the steps you take when you damage your own personal brand? How do you handle the stigmas associated with your physical personal brand?”

The panel part honestly flew by, and I enjoyed the unique experience offered to us. Real professionals letting us in on their successes, blunders and learning opportunities.

I enjoy attending the “Seize the City” intern events because they’re free of charge, but the knowledge gained is invaluable. I hope to see more eager faces at the Greater Des Moines Partnership office to learn about transferable skills and mentorship on July 25.

Find more information about the program here.