Speaker Series

January - June 2018

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The Pride speaker series brings six speakers over six months to the Des Moines metro to share their experiences as a member of the LGBT community, their challenges, role models, and path to success. We have invited a variety of speakers who represent different backgrounds, professions and walks of life. Each with a unique story to share.

Nationally recognized as a food and lifestyle expert, TV host, magazine contributor, and author, Chadwick Boyd has worked with food and lifestyle brands for nearly 25-years. He is the host of the ground breaking new food series “Reel Food with Chadwick Boyd,” and has been a frequent guest on the Food Network, HARRY, Lifetime, and Hallmark, NBC, FOX, and PBS.
2018 Pride Gala Keynote Speaker
As the Director of the Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute in New York, Jean Malpas is a leading psychologist focusing on issues with gender and sexuality. With several published articles including, Family Process’ “Between Pink and Blue: A Multidimensional Approach to Gender Nonconforming Children and Their Families,” Jean’s work has been recognized by the Early Career Award of the American Family Therapy Academy.

Pride Gala Info
With a resume that includes Senior Vice President of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Director of NGLCCNY, the New York LGBT and Allied Business Network of NGLCC, Jonathan D. Lovitz has been an advocate for LGBT economic empowerment and the vital role businesses play in creating equality. He is a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, The Advocate, Out Magazine, and many others.
After spending seven years as the producer for MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Michael LaRosa became the Communications Director for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee under the leadership of Maria Cantwell (D-WA). Michael has been featured in Washington Life’s 2017 Young & the Guest List, Capital File Magazine’s “13 Distinguished DC Men,” and Express Times profile piece.
Since graduating with his B.S. at the age of 19 and his M.D. at 21 from the University of Michigan, Dr. Kington has had a prestigious career. He has held a range of jobs including positions with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA. He is currently the President of Grinnell College.


Dr. Raynard S. Kington