Iowa Ideas is a nonpartisan, statewide learning experience designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa.

Created by The Gazette, Iowa Ideas consists of in-depth, solutions-focused journalism and events. Engaged citizens, community advocates and industry leaders are invited to join us.

Featured Speakers for Iowa Ideas 2017

View all speakers at our full schedule breakdown here.

Courtney Bernard, of National League of Cities' Center for City Solutions, to keynote transportation track

Courtney Bernard, senior communications associate for the Center for City Solutions at National League of Cities (NLC), will keynote the transportatio... READ MORE

Bob Wright, entrepreneur, author and educator, to keynote Workplace (R)evolution 2017

Bob Wright, CEO and co-founder of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential, will keynote Workplace (R)evolution 2017. Wright joins... READ MORE

Gretchen Bakke, anthropologist and electrical grid expert, to keynote energy & environment track

Gretchen Bakke, cultural anthropologist and author of "The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future," will keynote the Iowa Ide... READ MORE

Rachel Hatch, futurist and community vitality expert, to keynote regionalism / workforce track

Rachel Hatch, program officer for community vitality at The McConnell Foundation, will keynote the regionalism / workforce track at Iowa Ideas 2017. H... READ MORE

Trace Pickering, pioneer in learner-centered education, to keynote K-12 education track

Trace Pickering, executive director of Iowa BIG and associate director of practitioner engagement and learning at Education Reimagined, will keynote t... READ MORE

Stephen Black, founder of Impact America, to keynote higher education track

Stephen Black, president and founder of Impact America, will keynote the higher education track at Iowa Ideas 2017. Black will speak Thursday, Septemb... READ MORE

Alec Ross, innovation expert and best-selling author, to keynote Iowa Ideas 2017

Alec Ross, New York Times best selling author and former senior adviser for innovation to the Secretary of State, is confirmed as the keynote for The ... READ MORE

View all speakers at our full schedule breakdown here.

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