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Lift IOWA: News briefs – Week of Sept. 28


Health philanthropy group honors Tesar among ‘Forty Under 40’
Liz Tesar, pictured, a senior development specialist with the UnityPoint Health-Des Moines Foundation, was honored by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy as a member of its Forty Under 40 list. The program is designed to recognize the future leaders within the health care philanthropy community. Tesar joined the foundation team in 2015.

Chittenden to step down as Downtown Chamber executive director: Jennifer Chittenden, executive director of the Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce, will leave the role next month after accepting another opportunity, the chamber’s board announced last week. In a letter to its members, board leadership said Chittenden’s last day will be Oct. 23. During her tenure, the chamber earned national recognition as the 2018 Chamber of the Year from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. She also helped create award-winning programs for the chamber, including the Leadership Education and Advancement Pipeline (LEAP). More information about the timeline for the executive director search will be shared as it becomes available, the chamber said.

Cedar Rapids Gazette names 2020 HER Women of Achievement: The Gazette recently honored 15 eastern Iowa women as 2020 HER Women of Achievement. The honor recognizes the women for their leadership, drive and dedication. The honorees also have made sizable contributions in their workplaces, community organizations and in their communities as a whole. Honorees were recognized during a virtual celebration this month. Go online to HER.todayto learn more about each honoree and to watch brief acceptance speech videos from each.

Hawkeye female swimmers and divers file Title IX complaint after UI cuts their sport
Four female members of the Hawkeye swimming and diving team filed a Title IX complaint in U.S. District Court today challenging the University of Iowa’s announcement last month that it’s cutting their program – along with three other sports – at the end of this academic year.


In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, women at the University of Iowa law school reflected on how their identity as women affects their place in the legal world.

Keeping up with the evolving priorities of teachers and parents requires constant innovation at ACT in Iowa City. That’s where Kacy Webster, who’s worked in higher education for over 25 years, comes in.

As unfamiliar as much of this year’s U.N. proceedings appeared, one thing felt very familiar indeed: the people doing the talking. The first day of the virtual general assembly on Tuesday featured formal speeches by 32 male leaders and none by women.

There’s a gender pay gap in the Trump White House, according to an analysis by The 19th. Women in the Trump administration make 69 cents to every man’s dollar. For comparison, the Obama White House wage gap was about 85 cents on the dollar, closer to national pay inequity stats.

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