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 November 9th 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 Speakers:

Tabbatha Strong

Tabbatha Strong

Shame Ultimately Holds You Back…

Tabbatha Strong is the host of a local Podcast; Deck Diaries.

Tabbatha has made it her purpose in this life to allow other humans a safe place to speak their truths, learn to let go of shame and live a happy, healthy, unfiltered life.

Laura Janssen

Laura Janssen

Keep moving forward. No matter how slow, forward is forward.

Laura Janssen is the Community Outreach and Special Events Coordinator for KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids.

She is a huge animal lover, a coffee addict, and a mental health advocate. Laura is on the board of NAMI Linn County and is an open book about her own experiences with grief, trauma, loss, and mental illness, to help others understand that “it’s okay to not be okay”.

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 event will be held on
November 9th, 2023.

Please click on the link below to register for the November 9th event!

HER Women of Achievement

The Gazette’s HER Women of Achievement is an annual program that recognizes individuals who are leading, inspiring, and creating positive change in Eastern Iowa.

Click to learn more about our 2023 Women of Achievement Honorees!

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