Iowa Ideas
Conference Schedule 2023

10 Tracks Representing Key Topics in Iowa

One of the greatest values identified by past conference attendees is the variety of topics and issues represented throughout, encouraging attendees to build a personalized experience based on unique Iowa interests. Iowa Ideas identified nine key areas (“tracks”) for the 2023 program.




Conference Schedule • October 12 - 13, 2023

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Time Arts & Culture Community Economic and Community Development Higher Education Energy & Environment Health Care Policy Human & Social Services K12 Education
Thursday Schedule
9:00AM
Opening Keynote: Lisa Bluder, Jan Jensen
10:10AM
A hit and a myth: The reality of nonprofits as a business
The impact of declining populations on Iowa’s way of life
Home Rehabilitation initiatives
Small College Health
How and why Iowa's residents can test their water to help monitor quality
Creative Career Pathways
Importance of Media Literacy
Creating Political Barriers to those who need help
Tools for the unique needs of students
11:15AM
Shifts in giving
Making the final broadband connections
Keeping Construction
Meeting the needs of students
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture
Cancer in Iowa
Public Land
Teens in mental health crisis
Opportunities and challenges for students of color
12:20PM
Break
1:20PM
Bridging the engagement gap
Taking public projects from idea to reality
The Undermaintained Building
Encouraging and Availability of learning at any age
Planning for the Grid of the Future
Mental Health
Intersection: Creative Ways to Address Food Scarcity and Insecurity
Computer science in a required state
2:25PM
Support for diverse artists
Answering a neighborhood’s needs
Coming together for the greater economic good
Weighing the Investment of a College Degree
Protecting ourselves from Forever Chemicals
Leadership Roundtable
Navigating Iowa’s culture wars
Life after incarceration
Reimagining the school day
3:30PM
Keynote: Frances Haugen
4:35PM
Speed Networking
Friday Schedule
8:30AM
Intersection: A new era of volunteers, The significance of interactions, Civic engagement-who will step up?
Next steps for 3D printed homes
Balancing Intellectual diversity and polarization
Making progress on conservation practices
Preventative care
School Safety
Housing for all
Long Term Strategies in Workforce/Recruitment
9:40AM
The role of art in successful communities.
Beyond writing a check
Customized employment
Reimagining the delivery of higher education in Iowa
Trucks, trains, and pipelines: Transporting hazardous materials
Rural Health Care in Iowa
The Cost of Living Crisis in Iowa
DEI - Intersection: Social Needs and partnerships between schools and nonprofits
10:45AM
The dynamics of an arts and culture board
Strain within immigrant and refugee families
The Solar neighbor
Test Optional College Admissions
Environmental Justice in Iowa
The Needs of Aging Iowans
Intersection: Implementation of School Choice in Iowa
Homelessness and wrap around services
Intersection: Implementation of School Choice in Iowa
12:00PM
Closing Keynote: Leslie J Williams

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