Iowa Ideas 2018
September 20 - 21 | Cedar Rapids

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.

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Nominate a speaker for Iowa Ideas 2018

Seeking: Connectors, fire-starters, bridge-builders

    Bob Wright delivers the Workplace (R)evolution keynote address during the Iowa Ideas conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Do you have a big idea to share?

    As we build on the success of the inaugural Iowa Ideas conference and prepare for our second year, we're looking for potential speakers with unique experiences or expertise to share. 

    The issues we cover impact all Iowans, and our goal is to host an inclusive, multi-faceted and solutions-focused conversation around those issues. 

    You can help: Use the form on this page to nominate a potential speaker. You can nominate yourself or someone you know who is impactful, inspiring, knowledgeable or all of the above.  

    A few quick things to know: 

    • Iowa Ideas is nonpartisan and diverse viewpoints are welcome. 

    • Because we value multiple points of view, many of our sessions are panel discussions. We do have room for a few individual speakers, but please prepare to "wow" us if this is your end goal. 

    • Many, but not all, of our speakers and panelists are from Iowa. Regional and national perspectives are welcome, but please indicate how their expertise connects to Iowa. 

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