Thank you to the generous sponsors of this special edition of the speaker series, featuring a midpoint review of Capital Crossroads 2.0.

Speaker Rich Harwood: Cultivating Communities as a Catalyst for Lasting Change

Rich Harwood


11:30 a.m. — PICK UP LUNCH
12 p.m. — KEYNOTE
1 p.m. — Q&A


The vision for Central Iowa is coming to fruition thanks to the dedication and leadership of many individuals and organizations. As we approach the halfway point of Capital Crossroads 2.0 it’s time to assess what we have already accomplished together and chart a path for the remainder of the 2.0 plan.

But bold initiatives don’t just happen on their own. It involves a sense of shared responsibility, civic commitment and collaboration. To help Central Iowa continue the momentum, author Rich Harwood will share lessons from his recent book Stepping Forward on how we can use community as a catalyst to fulfilling the Capital Crossroads vision.

“Capital Crossroads is about coming together with a shared vision to propel our region forward and build upon the momentum and success we’ve enjoyed in the past,” said Kristi Knous Capital Crossroads Tri-Chair and Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines CEO. “The concepts Rich Harwood has written and walked communities through is transforming the way communities and businesses come together to walk in lock step down a new path.  The kind of path that will allow us to Step Forward united, focused and ready to work together to achieve the results we’ve dreamt of and planned for. We are fortunate to have Rich Harwood in our community offering his powerful and timely perspective to guide our next steps.”

As president and founder of the Harwood Institute, Harwood is dedicated to transforming our public and political lives by supporting individuals, organizations and communities in their quest to create change. Harwood will discuss concrete ways for Central Iowans to build community and overcome challenges to inspire positive, lasting change.

Harwood’s trip is a follow-up to a summit hosted this summer by the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation where nearly 75 civic leaders met to discuss how to inspire hope in ourselves to bring civic change. His December follow-up visit has a more outward focus.

“When I visited Iowa earlier this year, I met leaders who are committed to creating positive change in their communities,” Harwood said. “The mid-point check-in at Capital Crossroads 2.0 is a great opportunity to build on the progress that’s already happening. I believe that we can – we must – bring together the resources of our communities in ways that enable us to solve problems and harness people’s yearning for genuine engagement. Then we can make needed progress and restore our belief that we can get things done, together.”

The event is free and open to the public. However, space is limited and registration is encouraged.