Greater Des Moines Partnership's Annual Dinner w/Speaker, Erik Weihenmayer

  • Overview

    The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced that its 2023 Annual Dinner will feature Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, as the headline speaker. The Dinner will take place on Thursday, January 26, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. 

    Weihenmayer is the co-founder of No Barriers, which has a mission to help people with challenges to run into the storm of life, face barriers head-on, embrace a pioneering & innovative spirit and team up with great people to live rich in meaning and purpose. In 2001, Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.  

    In 2008, he climbed Carstensz Pyramid on the island of Papua New Guinea, completing the Seven Summits, the highest point on every continent. This accomplishment closed the circuit on a 13-year journey that had begun with his 1995 ascent of Denali. He is joined by a select company of only 150 mountaineers to have accomplished the feat. Weihenmayer’s triumphs over some of the world’s most formidable mountains fueled a growing aspiration to take the lessons he learned in the mountains to help others shatter barriers in their lives, which led to the founding of No Barriers. 

    “We are excited to welcome one of the most extraordinary mountain climbers in history to join us for our Annual Dinner,” said Rowena Crosbie, President of Tero International and 2022 Board Chair of The Partnership. “Weihenmayer is an inspiration to many, both as a climber and an activist, and the lessons learned from his journey will challenge us to reach for greater heights as we prepare for 2023 and beyond as a community.”  

    The Partnership’s Annual Dinner is the Greater Des Moines (DSM) business community’s celebration of the past year’s economic & community development successes and also provides a look forward into the future of the DSM region. The program includes a presentation of The Partnership’s Annual Report, summarizing the accomplishments of the organization’s work in 2022.  

    Reservations are accepted online at Premium seating tables are $2,000, general seating table are $1,600 & individual tickets are $200/person. A table seats eight people.