A Gazette-led series of stories, events and experiences featuring women of Eastern Iowa.

Learn more about our sponsor:  Hills Bank

Learn more about our Venue Sponsor:  Chophouse

HER Speak Up Series

A safe place for all people to come together to talk about different topics in the workplace, family life and more. Speak Up! brings individuals together with a common interest in a topic, led by those willing to share their stories and perspectives. Attendees will hear from panelists, and are then encouraged to talk among each other about their own perspectives and journey.

Register below and join us on July 13th for the Giving Grace Series.

HER Speak Up! Giving Grace Series

Restoration Project Team

The Restoration Project was founded in 2019 with a dream to help people and organizations reach their full potential.

They’re a local, women-owned coaching and consulting practice that provides experiences, programs and services to explore identity, restore intention and improve organizational health, team effectiveness and individual well-being.

Their mission, ‘Build connection, restore intention and inspire action’ is at the center of everything they do and the amazing clients they’re blessed to serve everyday!

Learn more: the-restorationproject.com

Guest Speaker:

Zette St. Charles

Zette St. Charles

Fights for fairness by day as an Intake Specialist for a local disability attorney, by night she’s writing and storytelling.

Since returning to Cedar Rapids to help with an aging family, you may have seen her performing poetry and stories on many stages and venues around the corridor.

She has published her first book available on Amazon both paperback and digital: Secrets of a Divorcee: Truth’s Fantasies; (not your children’s bedtime stories). She is currently working on her next set of books in a series of the stories behind the thoughts and poetry: Secrets of a Divorcee’: book 1: Prince Charming.

Erica Bergfeld-Reed

Erica Bergeld Reed

Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38, Eica Bergfeld-Reed did not let that stop her from continuing to work towards her goals.  Her positive attitude and growth mindset has helped her get up every time a punch was thrown.  Erica will share what she learned about herself – including using the F word more and her new found love of giving hugs.

Watch our Roundtable with the Restoration Project Panelists


Inspiring connections and creating opportunities for women in Eastern Iowa

HER Speak Up Series

The 2023 series will begin with the theme of Giving Grace.

The next events will be held on
July 13th, and November 9th, 2023.

Please click on the link below to register for the July 13th event!

HER Women of Achievement

See you at the celebration!

The Gazette and Presenting Sponsor FSB are excited to return HER Women of Achievement as an in-person community event. Join us Tuesday, June 13th from 11:30 – 1 at The Midnight Gem in Swisher to celebrate thirteen outstanding women who are making an impact in Eastern Iowa.

HER Women of Achievement-an annual event that recognizes the hard work, advocacy and influence of women throughout Eastern Iowa.  Who makes a positive difference in your life? Who is creating good change for the lives of others?

The goal of HER Women of Achievement is to recognize that leaders are all around us–some carry the official title, others are unassuming-and all are making lives better, every day.

For table purchase, please contact Amy.McKelvy@thegazette.com