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Past Speakers

FFBC members enjoy breakfast and a speaker during our monthly gatherings. Breakfast begins promptly at 7:00am. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are at Hoyt Sherman Place. To view upcoming speakers, click here.

Hoyt Sherman Place (Web site)
1501 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

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October 5, 2018 Samuel Brinton,
Head of Advocacy & Government Affairs for The Trevor Project
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September 7, 2018 Brad Clark ,
Executive Director of Gill Foundation
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August 3, 2018 Teree Caldwell-Johnson ,
Board Chair, Des Moines Public Schools
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July 6, 2018 Tom Vilsac ,
Democrat, 40th Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007 and former United States Secretary of Agriculture.
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June 1, 2018 Nate Monson,
Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools
May 4, 2018 Keith Snow,
CEO of the personal data “mining” firm, B2E Data Marketing, Inc.
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April 6, 2018 Sergeant Paul Parizek,
Public Information Officer for the Des Moines Police Department.
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March 2, 2018 Ann Selzer,
founder of Selzer and Associates, a polling firm.
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February 2, 2018 Carol Hunter,
Executive Editor for the Des Moines Register.
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January 5, 2018 Matt McCoy,
Incumbent Democratic Iowa State Senator from the 21st District.
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December 1, 2017 Matt Mardis-LeCroy,
Senior Minister of Plymouth United Church of Christ.
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November 3, 2017 Dean Lerner,
retired attorney who spent 30 years in Iowa public service as Assistant Attorney General, Chief Deputy Secretary of State, and Deputy/Director of the Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals
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October 6, 2017 Reverend Mark Stringer,
current pastor of First Unitarian Church who recently announced his retirement and will be taking a leadership position at the Iowa chapter of the ACLU.
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September 1, 2017 Michelle Book,
President and CEO of Food Bank of Iowa.
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August 4, 2017 Ryan Berg,
author of 'No House to Call My Home,' and an advocate for homeless LGBTQ youth.
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July 7, 2017 Dr. Loren Olson,
psychiatrist and book author.
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June 2, 2017 Reverend Anna Blaedel,
Executive Director of the University of Iowa Wesley Student Center and self-avowed and avid practicing lesbian, whose complaint filed against her in June, 2016 by three Iowa Conference clergymen, was dismissed on Aug. 30 by Bishop Julius C. Trimble.
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Reverend Anna Blaedel
May 5, 2017 Bob Hopper,
CEO at Boy Scouts of America, Mid-Iowa Council
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April 7, 2017 Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel,
the new Executive Director for One Iowa
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 Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, the new Executive Director for One Iowa
March 3, 2017 Robert Warren,
Executive Director for Hoyt Sherman Place
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Robert Warren, Executive Director for Hoyt Sherman Place
February 3, 2017 Dennis Goldford,
Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at Drake University.
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January 6, 2017 Bill Moulder,
former Police Chief of Des Moines, Iowa who now owns and operates Moulder and Associates Police Management Consultants.
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December 2, 2016 Mel Duncan
Executive Director and Cofounder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, the Preeminent International Unarmed Civilian Protection Advocacy Agency, based in Brussels, Belgium.
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November 4, 2016 Dr. Maria Filippone, D.O.
Advocate for Physicians for Social Responsibility, who recently journeyed to the Gaza Strip.
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October 7, 2016 Jim Mowrer
Democratic Candidate for United States Representative for Iowa's 3rd District.
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September 2, 2016 Jack Schuler,
a trans male Iowa high school English teacher.
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August 5, 2016 Shadley Grei,
local filmmaker and performance artist.
Shadley Grei, local filmmaker and performance artist.
July 1, 2016 Congressman David Young,
U.S. Representative for Iowa's 3rd District.
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Congressman David Young, U.S. Representative for Iowa's 3rd District.
June 3, 2016 Joshua Barr,
the new Human Rights Director for the City of Des Moines.
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Joshua Barr, the new Human Rights Director for the City of Des Moines.
May 6, 2016 Tyler McCubbin,
who Dowling Catholic High School declined to hire as a teacher because he is gay and getting married.
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Tyler McCubbin who Dowling Catholic High School declined to hire as a teacher because he is gay and getting married
April 1, 2016 Joseph Bolkcom,
Iowa Senator who introduced an Iowa Death With Dignity statute.
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Iowa Senator Joseph Bolkcom, who introduced an Iowa Death With Dignity statute
March 4, 2016 Andy Mcguire,
head of the Iowa Democratic Party for a post-mortem on the Iowa Caucuses.
Andy Mcguire,  head of the Iowa Democratic Party for a post-mortem on the Iowa Caucuses
February 5, 2016 Suzanna De Baca,
President/CEO Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
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Suzanna De Baca, President/CEO Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
January 8, 2015 Governor Martin O'Malley,
Democratic Presidential Candidate 2016
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Governor Martin O'Malley, Democratic Presidential Candidate 2016
December 4, 2015 John Clayton,
Representative of the Al Gore Foundation and 'The Climate Reality Project'
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John Clayton, Representative of the Al Gore Foundation and 'The Climate Reality Project'
November 6, 2015 Jeremy Rosen,
Executive Director of ACLU Iowa
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Jeremy Rosen,Executive Director of ACLU Iowa
October 2, 2015 Robbie Mook,
Campaign Manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton 2016
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Robbie Mook,  Campaign Manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton 2016
September 4, 2015 Mike Draper
President and Owner of Raygun
Mike Draper,Owner of Raygun
August 7, 2015 Marty Martin,
Drake University President
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Marty Martin, Drake University President
July 3, 2015 Dana Wingert,
New Des Moines Police Chief
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Dana Wingert, New Des Moines Police Chief
June 5, 2015 Reverend Dr. Larry Sonner,
United Methodist Minister
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Reverend Dr. Larry Sonner, United Methodist Minister
May 1, 2015 Jennifer Harvey,
Drake University Associate Professor of Religion
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Jennifer Harvey, Drake University Associate Professor of Religion
April 2, 2015 Bill LaHay and Paul Koeniguer,
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
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Bill LaHay, Co-Leader Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
March 6, 2015 Dr. Richard Deming,
Founder, Above + Beyond Cancer
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Dr. Richard Deming Founder, Above + Beyond Cancer
February 6, 2015 Dr. Frank Filippelli,
Medical Director, MECCA Services
Dr. Frank Filippelli, Medical Director, MECCA Services
January 2, 2015 Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad,
D, Iowa House District 35 and Islamic Imam
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Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D, Iowa House District 35 and Islamic Imam
December 5, 2014 Bishop Richard Pates,
Des Moines Catholic Diocese
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Bishop Richard Pates, Des Moines Catholic Diocese
November 7, 2014 Kathie Obradovich,
Des Moines Register political columnist
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Kathie Obradovich Des Moines Register political columnist
October 3, 2014 U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D, IA 1st District),
Candidate for US Senate
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D, IA 1st District) Candidate for US Senate
September 5, 2014 Michael Keegan,
President, People for the American Way
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August 1, 2014 Steve "The Round Guy" Pilchen,
Stand Up Comedian and former "Biggest Loser" contestant. Steve will perform his comedy for us.
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Steve 'The Round Guy' Pilchen,  Stand Up Comedian and former 'Biggest Loser' contestant
June 6, 2014 Michael Gartner,
Journalist and Businessman
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Michael Gartner, Journalist and Businessman
May 2, 2014 Zack Bunkers,
State of Iowa Archivist
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April 4, 2014 Jack Hatch (D),
Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate
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Jack Hatch (D), Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate
March 7, 2014 Donna Red Wing,
Executive Director of One Iowa
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Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of One Iowa
February 7, 2014 Brad Buck,
Director of the Iowa Department of Education
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Brad Buck, Director of the Iowa Department of Education
January 3, 2014 Anne Starr,
CEO of Orchard Place
Des Moines
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Anne Starr, CEO of Orchard Place, Des Moines
December 6, 2013 Rabbi Edelman-Blank,
Tifereth Synagogue, Des Moines
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November 1, 2013 Jody Jenner,
President and CEO of Broadlawns Medical Center
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October 4, 2013 Brad Anderson,
Candidate for Iowa Secretary of State
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September 6, 2013 Zachary Mannheimer,
Executive Director, Des Moines Social Club
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August 2, 2013 Ambassador Kenneth Quinn,
Executive Director, World Food Prize
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June 7, 2013 Dr. Jason Glass,
Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Education
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May 3, 2013 Sean Faircloth,
Executive Director of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason
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April 5, 2013 Rep. Daniel Lundby (D),
Openly Gay Iowa House Representative from Cedar Rapids/Marion
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March 1, 2013 Greg Gross,
Director of Project HIM (AIDS Project of Central Iowa)
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February 1, 2013 Sean Strub,
Founder of POZ Magazine and filmmaker, with his guest speaker Nick Rhoades.
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January 4, 2013 Senator Mike Gronstal,
Iowa Senate Majority Leader
D-District 50 (Council Bluffs)
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December 7, 2012 Reverend Jonathan Page,
Ames United Church of Christ
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November 2, 2012 Bill McCarthy,
Polk County Sheriff
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October 5, 2012 Carol Greta,
Legal counsel to the Iowa Department of Education
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September 7, 2012 Justice Michael Streit,
Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice, JFK Profiles In Courage Award recipient
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August 3, 2012 Donna Red Wing,
Executive Director of One Iowa
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July 6, 2012 Matt Russell,
Drake University Agronomist
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June 1, 2012 Rabbi David Horowitz,
National president of PFLAG
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May 4, 2012 Scott Schoettes,
The regional head of Lambda Legal
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April 6, 2012 Dr. Steven Leath,
President of Iowa State University
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March 2, 2012 Ellen Krug,
Lawyer and contributor to AccessLine
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February 3, 2012 John Berry,
Director of the White House Office of Personnel Management
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January 6, 2012 Senator Liz Mathis,
Iowa Senator
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December 2, 2011 Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy,
National President of The Interfaith Alliance
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November 4, 2011 Senator Jeff Angelo
founder of Republicans for Freedom
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October 7, 2011 Rebecca Gruber
Director of the Des Moines Gay men's Chorus
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September 2, 2011 Dr. Dwight Watson
Dean of the University of Northern Iowa
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