23rd Annual Women Helping Women Luncheon

  • | Urbandale, IA
  • Presented By: Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
  • Dates: May 21, 2021
  • Location: Virtual - online
  • Phone: (515) 564-5122
  • Start/End Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Overview

    The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is thrilled to announce a dynamic lineup of featured guests & co-chairs for the 23rd Annual Women Helping Women event! They, along with a fearless volunteer planning committee, will inspire the community to engage 500 guests & raise $210,000. Funds will support mental health counseling, education, trainings & other services that impact women, children & families who are uninsured or underinsured. Scheduled for May 21,the event will be presented live online through CLE Productions.

    Honoree: Angela Connolly ~ influential, effective, visionary, and beloved community leader: In her role as a Polk County Supervisor, and as a mother, Angela is a longtime supporter of mental health access & a champion for women, children &families. Her distinctive leadership & tremendous impact are demonstrated by her many community awards including induction into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

    Speaker: Tiffany Johnson ~ award winning actor, director, teacher, and change-agent: Described as brilliant & captivating by her peers, Tiffany is passionate about our community. As producing artistic director & founding member of Pyramid Theatre Company, illuminating Black artists & diverse artistic expression, Tiffany is positioned to speak on the power of storytelling as a force for greater understanding, and uplift the worth of mental health access.

    2021 Co-Chairs: Carol Bodensteiner, Renee Hardman, Emily Kessinger - The 30-member volunteer planning committee is led by a superstar team of co-chairs who each bring their own stamp of leadership and commitment to mental health access:

    • Carol Bodensteiner – public relations professional and author of numerous books including Simple Truth, a novel set in an Iowa meatpacking plant that asks complex social and moral questions
    • Renee Hardman – CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, first elected African American Councilwoman in West Des Moines, inducted into the Iowa Women of Hall of Fame in 2020
    • Emily Kessinger – Director of Capital Crossroads, founder of Yellow Door DSM, founding partner at Flag of Des Moines, board member of the After School Arts Program (ASAP)

    I am proud to work with this bold group of women who assert their authority to care for others,” said Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, director of development at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. “The Women Helping Women event will be a healing balm for all who participate on May 21, and for vulnerable women, children and families who will benefit throughout the year.”

    Since 1999, the annual event has raised more than $1.4 million for women who experience violence, poverty, trauma, depression, anxiety, abuse and other issues that can be addressed through counseling, psychiatry, self-discovery, and education.

    The Center is one of few providers in Greater Des Moines who serve people from all income levels, including those from low-income households who are underinsured or uninsured – with thanks to generous community support.

    For more information about Women Helping Women, or to reserve your seat early through a Leader gift or a sponsorship, please go to Or contact Laurie Betts Sloterdyk at 515-564-5122