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International Women's Day Event

Event Details:

Event Type: Announcement
Location: Brooklyn Opera House, 105 Jackson Street, Brooklyn, IA
Time: Friday, March 1, 2024 8:30 AM - 1:45 PM
Categories: Lectures & Talks
Networking Event

Event Description:

Join the Brooklyn Opera House and S.H.E Counts on Friday, March 1, 2024 at the Brooklyn Opera House for an inspiring celebration of women's achievements and empowerment. The event is being held at the Brooklyn Opera House and Michael J. Manatt Community Center in Brooklyn beginning at 8:30 AM. Tickets for the event are $25 if purchased in advance and are available at or will be $30 at the door. The theme for the event is Inspire Inclusion.


  • 8:30 AM: Networking booths in the MJM Community Center
  • 9:45 AM: Keynote speaker, Claudia Schabel will be in the Brooklyn Opera House
  • 11 AM: Panelist presentation featuring Jessica Dillon CPWA® , Dr. Clara Montague, and Dr. Elizabeth Tigges focusing on attendees questions related to women in the areas of financial empowerment, women’s education, women’s health and leadership. 
  • 12 PM: Lunch in the Michael J. Manatt Community Center catered by the Mayflower Dining Services featuring a buffet-style meal of chicken chardonnay, parsley potatoes, a side salad and dessert. Vegetarian and gluten free options available. Attendees will be encouraged to mingle with others and network during lunch.
  • 12:45 PM: Closing speakers Hollie Tometich and Mary Kramer

About the Speakers:

Claudia Schabel is the Founder, President and CEO of Schabel Solutions. Her approach as a sought-after diversity, equity and inclusion consultant combines over 20 years of DEI and human resources practitioner experience, largely with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, with her international, multicultural background. Born and raised in Brazil, Claudia lived and worked in Japan for five years prior to moving to the United States and earning a BA in International Relations from Drake University. Fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish and proficient in Japanese, Claudia deeply understands cross-cultural communication. This expertise positions her to offer impactful consulting, training and coaching services in the areas of DEI and cultural competency. 

Jessica Dillon, CPWA® at Grinnell Wealth Management provides financial planning and investment management for individuals and families in Central Iowa and virtually. With a focus on holistic financial planning, she enjoys connecting the dots in her clients’ lives to help them maximize their financial future. Jessica celebrates over 20 years of experience in the investment management field, having started her career investing institutional funds on trading desks before transitioning to directly working with families and nonprofits, helping plan and implement effective financial strategies to achieve the security and prosperity they value.

Dr. Clara Montague is a member of the faculty and a proud alumna of Grinnell College, where she teaches in the gender, women’s, and sexuality studies program. Her scholarship explores the global history and politics of academic feminist movements to advance education for women and girls. Clara’s other professional interests include digital studies, geography, art activism, and criminal justice, including work with Grinnell’s Liberal Arts in Prison Program.

Dr. Elizabeth Tigges grew up primarily in southeast Iowa. She got her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Simpson college, and her medical degree at Des Moines University. She subsequently completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. She has been practicing women’s health for 12 years, and in Grinnell, Iowa for the last 8 years. Tigges has a particular interest in robotic gynecologic surgery, prolapse, women’s mental health, and leadership. She feels her passion is in empowering women, supporting them in ways that are best for them and guiding them through life’s joys and challenges, its suffering, and its opportunities.

Hollie Tometich will facilitate the panel of speakers and give a wrap up presentation. Hollie is a Life and Leadership Coach who has been the Executive Director of Ottumwa Leadership Academy since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Central College and has a wealth of experience in leadership development, strategic planning, marketing, public relations, and public speaking. She is a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach and a certified Speaker, Trainer, Coach with the John Maxwell Team. Additionally, Hollie has a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

Mary Kramer, the former ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and former Iowa State Senator will close out the day by speaking on her life and experiences. 


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