Taking Care of Business Conference

June 9 – 11, 2020 | Cedar Rapids

Registration opens February 20, 2020.

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. Interested in sponsoring the 2020 conference? Contact Kathy Anderson, kanderson@iowaabi.org, 515-235-0575

  • Dr. Tarika Barrett

    Dr. Tarika Barrett

    Dr. Tarika Barrett is the COO at Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology. In this role, she oversees the organization's free summer immersion program and after-school clubs program. The programs have reached 90,000 girls across the United States.

    Barrett also serves on the board of CSforALL, an organization committed to making high-quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students and teachers and to support student pathways to college and career success. She also sits on the board of Eskolta, a nonprofit dedicated to helping urban public schools re-engage at-risk teenagers.

    Barrett lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

  • Phil Jasper

    Phil Jasper

    Phil Jasper is president, Mission Systems at Collins Aerospace, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is responsible for delivering military, government and civil solutions to help customers worldwide safely and successfully complete their most complex missions.

    A 26-year veteran of the industry, Phil is committed to developing innovations that fully leverage commercial avionics technology into the military market. Working with Congress and the U.S. Department of Defense, Jasper serves as a lead advocate to help streamline how the United States procures commercial items and to protect intellectual property rights—both critical issues for aerospace and defense companies.

    Jasper is a native of Lamont, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University.

  • DoubleTree by Hilton

    350 1st Avenue NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
    (800) HILTONS or (319) 731-4444

    Group Name: Iowa Association of Business and Industry
    Group Code: IAB

    Rooms starting at 131.00 USD per night
    Deadline: May 20, 2020
    Reserve Online

Overflow Hotel Options

  • The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

    7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
    (877) 751-5111 or (319) 848-8700

    Group Name: Iowa Association of Business and Industry
    Group Code: IABI20

    Rooms starting at 149.00 USD per night
    Deadline: May 19, 2020
    Reserve Online

  • Marriott Cedar Rapids

    1200 Collins Rd NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
    (800) 396-2153 or (319) 393-6600

    Group Name: Iowa Association of Business and Industry
    Rooms starting at 144.00 USD per night
    Deadline: May 20, 2020
    Reserve Online

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 2020 Taking Care of Business Conference.

Click here to see sponsor benefits

Contact Kathy Anderson, kanderson@iowaabi.org, 515-235-0575.

  • 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