Steering Committee

Do you have special gifts or talents you’d like to share with Metro Women’s Network? Would you like to gain leadership experience? Have a burning desire to shape the future of our organization? Want to get to know MWN members better and make new friends? Serve on the steering committee!

Check out the opportunities below; volunteer for a committee anytime or nominate yourself or another candidate for an officer’s position at the election meeting in January. Questions? Contact us.

Note: For a complete list of steering committee members, refer to the Contact Us page. Additional photos and biographies will be posted below as they become available.


President  Joyce Whipps presides over all meetings, including meetings of the steering committee, serves as an ex-officio member of all committees, and executes the duties generally attendant upon this position.

Vice President

The vice president chairs the membership committee and presides in the absence of the president.

Maureen Mitchell will serve as vice president for 2017.


Janet Seeberger will serve as secretary for 2017. The secretary notifies steering committee members, and those who also request notification, of all steering committee meetings at least seven days in advance; notifies all members on the annual meeting at least 30 days in advance; records steering committee meeting minutes; and performs other duties as assigned by the president or steering committee.


The treasurer collect dues, deposit the monies of MWN in a financial institution in metropolitan Des Moines, and keeps a record of all monies collected, deposited and disbursed.  The treasurer reports the financial condition to the steering committee as called upon by the president and prepares an annual budget.

Barb Hawbaker will serve as treasurer for 2017.

Programs Committee

The programs committee coordinates monthly programming events to fulfill the objectives of MWN, including speakers, venues and related duties.

Connie BlodgettConnie Blodgett  (and co-chair Barb Breeser) share Programs efforts. Connie has been a member of MWN since 1990 and has served several years on the steering committee (as president and programs chair) since then. She has been in outside commercial sales for about 20 years, currently with FirstChoice Coffee Services . Connie wrote, “I work with companies to provide coffee service in offices, schools, churches, etc. within the area. Much of my job includes networking and scratching and sniffing for leads. I enjoy meeting new people and finding out how I can assist them.”

Connie says, “I thoroughly enjoy networking and rotating to different venues in the area [with MWN]. I had been asked several times in the past and decided it was time to volunteer/serve again. I felt that the programs and restaurants could improve, so I thought I’d volunteer to try. It’s an awesome time to be a member of Metro Women’s Network!”

barb breeser    Barb Breeser is an experienced social media and mobile media marketing strategist and has worked in sales and marketing with B2B and B2C clients for over 25 years.  In the past 5 years with One Social Media and now with Purple Gator, Barb has helped create and manage campaigns for over 200 large and small local & regional businesses as well as national and international companies. Clients have been in the areas of health & fitness, restaurants, automotive, consultants, destinations, franchises, medical, pest control, retail and more.

Publicity Committee

Lois O’Donnell, member of MWN since 1993, will serve as chair of the publicity committee in 2017. The publicity chair coordinates and publishes the MWN newsletter, maintains and social networking accounts (Facebook, Linked In and Twitter), manages online event postings/community calendars, and generally promotes MWN missions.

Membership Committee

The membership committee actively recruits members, promotes membership retention and participation in MWN, and performs other duties as assigned by the president or steering committee.

Directory Committee

The directory committee compiles and distributes the membership directory to members in good standing. This committee shall maintain an updated list of members. Members and guests are prohibited from using the directory for direct solicitation of other members for the purpose of selling products, services, etc., through telephone, e-mail or other modes of contact for their own personal or professional gain or advancement.

At-large Representatives

At-large representatives assist committees as needed and serve as membership liaisons.

Anna Bradley and Sherri Johnson will serve in the at-large positions for 2017.

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