Colleen Kelly Powell - Moderator
Colleen is co-host of the hit morning show KEN, COLLEEN, & KURT IN THE MORNING on Star 102.5. She has been married to her husband for eight years and has two children. She has been working in radio for almost 20 years and notes that the hardest part of her job in the hours (she wakes up at 3:45 a.m.!) but it allows her to pick her kids up from school each day, which she loves.
Jana Van Polen
Jana Van Polen is the owner and founder of VP GROUP, an entity that includes Serenity Couture Salons & Spas, the Aveda Institute Des Moines, VP Men, the Aveda Institute Rochester, and the Iowa locations of the Aveda Experience Centers. Jana's passion for the beauty industry, has helped her to grow her business to 4 salon locations, 2 retail stores and educational facilities spanning both in Iowa and Minnesota. When she is not focusing on her professional love, Jana enjoys an active lifestyle, traveling with her husband (and business partner), Doug, spending time with their three children, and being the best Gigi to her beautiful grandbabies.
Joey Beech is Executive Director of Ankeny Economic Development Corporation (AEDC). As executive director of AEDC, Joey works with area businesses, local government and regional organizations to support and grow the business and industry community in the Ankeny area. From Fortune 500’s to startups, Joey supports existing businesses and helps attract new firms to the Ankeny area. Prior to joining AEDC, Joey spent over 20 years in the financial services industry. Her passion for helping others led her to write and publish, A Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance.
Brittanie Bagby Baker
Brittanie Bagby Baker, Executive Vice President for B&B Theatres, grew up in the family business which her Great Grandfather started in 1924. She started as a concession employee at age 16 and moved to the corporate audit and loss department while in college. Today she oversees all departments within B&B’s corporate office, working with each department head and acting as the liaison to the operations team in the field. Along with her siblings, Brittanie was recognized in Box Office Magazine as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” in the cinema industry. Brittanie holds a BM with a minor in business from University of Iowa and a MM from Georgia State University.
Brooke Cook, ITA Group, leverages her ATD Master Performance Consultant and IMA Incentive Professional designations to help clients motivate their employees and channel partners to higher levels of performance. She partners with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies to help them achieve results. At home or at work, she believes it's important to know how people are wired and what motivates them. Brooke leverages this method when wrangling she and her husband’s five kiddos. Balancing a large household, being married to an executive and working full-time in a fast-paced environment partnering with demanding companies, forces Brooke to pause and always seek to understand the “why” and the “what”. This understanding allows her to find the best balance possible.
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