Taking Care of Business Conference

June 8 – 10, 2021 | Coralville / Iowa City

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.

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  • Dr. Tarika Barrett

    STEM Superstar and Incoming CEO, Girls Who Code

    Dr. Tarika Barrett

    Dr. Tarika Barrett is the incoming CEO at Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit organization 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 300,000 girls around the world.

    Barrett also serves on the board of McGraw Hill, a leading learning science company creating world-class educational content and providing best-in-class digital platforms for learners and educators. 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.

  • Geoff Colvin

    Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune and Bestselling Author

    Geoff Colvin

    Experience counts in serious times. For four decades at Fortune, Geoff Colvin has covered the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces disrupting business and how top leaders and companies adapt and transform to win in spite of them.

    The big takeaway, Colvin says, is that winning companies and leaders summon the courage to act—they stop protecting the past and start inventing the future—and they confront this reality faster than the competition.

    As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin is the voice of experience who shines a light—revealing a clearer path for an uncertain future.


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

  • Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

    300 East 9th Street
    Coralville, IA 52241
    (800) 228-9290 or (319) 688-4000

    Group Code: IABI Taking Care of Business
    Rooms starting at 132.00 USD per night
    Deadline: May 17, 2021
    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 2021 Taking Care of Business Conference.

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

Safety Protocol

  • Social distancing protocols will be in place, and we have reserved extra space to accommodate for that.
  • Masks are required unless you’re eating or drinking.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the event space.
  • Attendees should stay home if they have symptoms, are high risk or have a fever over 100.3 per the CDC.
  • If attendees are not following the safety protocol they will be asked to leave the conference.