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Unicorns Unite: Building Epic Partnerships for a Better Iowa

August 22, 2019 @ 4:00 am - 11:00 am UTC-6


Have you dedicated your career to making the community a better place? Improving people’s lives? Sitting in a broken desk chair so there’s more funding available for programs?  You’re a Unicorn! What’s a unicorn? Other than a mythical horse-creature, it’s also a way of describing the amazing people who make up the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Whether you’re from a nonprofit, the government, a foundation, higher education, AmeriCorps, or some funky mix of these we need you to Unite with your fellow Unicorns on August 22nd at the Des Moines Social Club.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Vu Le on his ideas for epic partnerships and new ways of working together and then spend the day in fun and interactive activities designed to spur relationships, challenge thinking, and launch a new era of collaboration for Iowa’s future.

Ticket sales end July 2, 2019


Schedule Overview

10:00 am Keynote Presentation with Vu Le

11:00 am Art Sessions – reflect and connect by learning a new skill such as cooking or painting

12:30 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Innovation and Collaboration Sessions

4:00 pm Closing Reception


About the Keynote

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.

Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at NonprofitAF.com.


August 22, 2019
4:00 am - 11:00 am


Des Moines Social Club
900 Mulberry Street
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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