West Des Moines Chapter

West Des Moines, IA 50265

Current Chapter Newsletter

Upcoming Events

June Professional Development Lunch

June 15, 2023

Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Dr., Johnston, IA 50131

Help Make a Meal

June 22, 2023

Ronald McDonald House (1441 Pleasant St., Des Moines, IA 50314)

July Professional Development Lunch

July 20, 2023

Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Dr., Johnston, IA 50131

Connect, learn and grow in the
American Business Women’s Association

Whether you are starting a new business, jump-starting a career, or searching for a job, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be.  Your membership in ABWA offers you a portfolio of benefits to fuel your personal and professional growth.

Enhance your business acumen in the Apex Campus, our exclusive online learning portal.  Grow your professional network by attending ABWA’s National Women’s Leadership Conference. Stay current on business concepts and topics with your complimentary subscriptions to ABWA’s Women in Business® Magazine and Achieve Newsletters.  And, save thousands of dollars on discounted business products and services!

Make an investment in you – join the leading association for working women and women business owners, the American Business Women’s Association.


Executive Board

Susan Dunn

Social Chair

Lu Anne Gafford

Vice President


sarah walker


Jenni Pierce


Kathy Schooley

Best Practice  Membership Chair

Linda Henson


Member Spotlight

Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell

New Member

Where are you from? Ankeny—originally from Albert City in NW, Iowa.

Occupation: I am a professionally certified thinking partner to walk alongside women who are transitioning to their next phase in life (new career, empty nester, retirement, loss of a loved one, etc.), OR women who know they want more in life but cant land on what that looks like OR women who are stuck in guilt, shame, peoplepleasing and want to love themselves more. I am retired from fulltime teaching at Des Moines Area Community College. I have a law degree from Drake.

Family: I am married to Jeff Mitchell; we have two daughters, Lisa and Jessica. I became a mom to Lisa when Jeff and I married. Lisa has two children and a grandchild. That makes me a greatgrandmother.

We adopted Jessica from South Korea. She was married in 2020 and is 28 years old. We are great friends.

We have a black lab, Coco Chanel.

Other Interests: I love nature and traveling. I like to bike on the bike trails around Des Moines. In the past, we have pulled our camper all around the U.S. I have been blessed to travel all over the U.S. and many international countries.

Have Questions?


We’d love to hear from you! Fill out the contact form or reach out to Susan Dunn at susandunn@juno.com.

7 + 12 =

Empowering Women through Educational Scholarships

Today’s scholarship recipients are tomorrow’s leaders.  ABWA members have provided opportunities for women to achieve their personal and professional best by championing educational opportunities through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). Since 1953, SBMEF has awarded almost 18 million dollars in scholarships to more than 17,000 women. To learn more about available scholarships, go to sbmef.org.