Iowa Ideas 2021
Conference Schedule

9 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 has identified nine key areas (“tracks”) for the 2021 program.

Community Development

Strategies to build, maintain, and grow the unique communities throughout the state.


Practices and dynamics of the classic learning environment with the realities of future learning.

Energy and Environment

Efficient, sustainable solutions for future generations.

Health Care

The landscape of the healthcare system in the state of Iowa. Needs moving forward for all demographics, including access.

Human and Social Services

For an individual to be their best self, a holistic look at resources required, along with the structure challenges and opportunities for providers to thrive.


The structural elements of rural and urban Iowa for connectivity and effectiveness.


The latest issues positioned to drive big change.


Employer and employee perspectives on trends and issues among key industries.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Building a culture that allows to learn from each other and strive for systematic change.

Conference Schedule • October 14 - 15, 2021

Community Development Education Energy and Environment Health Care Human and Social Services Infrastructure Policy Workforce
Thursday Schedule
David Gould
Outdated Systems in Housing Lower College Enrollments Iowa's Water Supply with Ag Runoff Strategies Assessing Public Health The Impact of the Pandemic on Iowa Youth Iowa's Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure Bills and Individual Rights Help Wanted: Job Market vs Demand
A Fresh Look at Community Controversial Topics in Education Carbon Sequestration/Future of Ethanol and RFS In Home Caregiver Accountability Beyond Extremes for Youth Services Safeguarding Critical Infrastrcuture. Voting and Redistricting Protecting Workers
New Life in a Tired Space The Future of Higher Education Water Quality in Other States Keeping Rural Care Centers Financially Viable Going Without- Relief and Recovery and Access to Information A Focus on Cargo Changes in Criminal Justice Procedures Apprenticeships
A City by City Role in the Broadband Gap Charter Schools Building the Grid Vaccination Access and Vaccine Research From Foster to Adoption- A Parent Perspective TBD Why is Compromise so Hard to Find? Rural Survival in Workforce
New Horizons for Iowa Tourism Achievement Lost Energy Storage, Rise of Solar Rethinking Long-Term Care Facilities Mental Health Ceners and Resources TBD Modernizing the Legislative Process Upskilling, Seasonal Highs and Lows
Friday Schedule
The Outlook on Rural Iowa Future Training for Teachers Environmental Justice in Iowa Maternal Health Disparities Violence in the Home OPEN Child Care Learn by Doing- Career Exploration
Peggy Whitson
Idea Build: Shop Iowa OPEN Idea Build: Derecho Recovery Idea Build: Health Care Worker Challenges Open Idea Build: The Future of Health Care DEI-Assessments in Action, DEI in the Workplace DEI-Business to Business roundtable led by and for people of color
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- Betty Andrews, NAACP
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