Taking Care of Business Conference

June 13 - 15, 2023 | Cedar Rapids

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry's Taking Care of Business Conference is Iowa's premier business conference, bringing together industry leaders to learn, network and share ideas on how to grow and strengthen Iowa's business climate. If you are passionate about business in Iowa, you need to attend this conference.

  • Workshop Proposals Now Being Accepted For Consideration!

    ABI is looking for speakers who can deliver dynamic, engaging sessions with a strong emphasis on takeaways. Please note that attendees pre-register for workshops and attendance typically ranges from 20-85 participants. The hour-long workshops will be held on Wednesday, June 14.

    Please click on the button below to submit a workshop proposal for consideration to speak at the 2023 Taking Care of Business Conference.

    The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.

    *Please note speaker fees, travel fees and hotel accommodations are not covered for selected workshop proposals and will be your responsibility. We will cover full conference registration fees for the speakers for those workshop proposals selected.

    Submit Workshop Proposal

    Contact Holly Mueggenberg at hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org with questions. Thank you for your interest. We hope to see you at Conference in Cedar Rapids June 13-15, 2023!

  • Keynote Speaker

  • Cy Wakeman

    Cy Wakeman

    Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, international leadership speaker, and consultant. In 2001 she founded Reality-Based Leadership. She is the author of three books: Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace and Turn Excuses Into Results (2010), NY Times Bestseller, The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier (2013), and her new release No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results (2017). In 2017 and 2018, she was named as one of the Top Global Leadership Gurus by Global Gurus, a Top 100 Leadership Expert to Follow on Twitter, and was deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace.”

  • Mainstage Speakers

  • Brandon Williams

    Brandon Williams

    Brandon Williams is an accomplished and results-oriented leader, top leadership business speaker, leadership coach, and technical expert with proven leadership experience in managing cross-functional teams and organizations. His experiences as a United States Air Force F-15E Fighter Pilot and Officer leading diverse teams of men and women from all backgrounds set the stage for his Human Factors Leadership methodology. In addition to his experience as a Fighter Pilot, Brandon is recognized for his expertise in Human Factors, having designed courses for and taught at several universities.

  • Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson serves as Vice President of Global Research and Insights at MillerKnoll. His team leads MillerKnoll's research efforts in partnership with a wide variety of global collaborators and is active in sharing insights gained from that research with organizations across the world. With nearly thirty years of industry experience, Ryan's work has centered on how the places we inhabit can be better designed and managed to support positive, productive experiences. Ryan hosts MillerKnoll's Looking Forward podcast on the future of work, regularly speaks at public events about MillerKnoll's historical and current research, and has been featured in wide variety of publications such as The Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC, Fortune, and Bloomberg.

Become a sponsor of the Taking Care of Business Conference and share your business and your brand with more than 600 attendees from across Iowa and the Midwest, many of whom are decision-makers within their companies. Foster relationships with new and existing customers and grow your business at the 2023 Taking Care of Business Conference.

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Contact Holly Mueggenberg, hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org, 515-235-0572.

  • DMACC Conference Booth

    DMACC has been proud to serve as a top sponsor for the ABI Taking Care of Business Conference for a number of years because we understand the value this sponsorship provides. Access to decision-makers and the ability to spread the DMACC message is unparalleled.

    Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College


Conference attendees are responsible for making their reservation and paying for their own hotel accommodations.

  • Doubletree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex

    350 First Avenue NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

    Group Code: IAB
    Rooms starting at 142.00 USD per night
    Deadline: May 19, 2023
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