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Good morning and happy Monday!

Here’s what you’ll find in this week’s newsletter:
  • The chances that you’ve experienced some mental health challenges, be it symptoms of anxiety, burnout, depression, languishing – you name it – are fairly high. We’re finishing off the month by sharing some videos containing tips and resources from our sister publication dsm Magazine and its Lifting the Veil initiative.
  • The newest class of the Business Record’s Forty Under 40 award has been announced – see who’s on this year’s list below.
  • Get to know Mary Hunter, the president CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa.

Also, we’re still seeking your thoughts on gender equality in the state. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to take our annual survey on women’s and gender issues. Responses from the survey will help steer our coverage throughout the year.

Have a great week!

– Emily Kestel, Fearless editor

If you're experiencing mental health challenges, you're not alone
If you were to make a word cloud of all of the feelings and emotions you’ve experienced in the last year, I’m willing to bet that "anxious," "fried," "stressed," "tired," "depressed," "frustrated," "weary," "helpless" or "empty" may be on that list.

You wouldn’t be alone in that, either. I’ve personally harbored all of those feelings in the last two years, and anecdotally, many people within my circles have, too.

The most recent Household Pulse Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 37% of those surveyed reported feeling anxious or depressed. In 2019, that figure was 11%.

The 2021 Women in the Workplace Report by Lean In and McKinsey found that 42% of women were often or almost always burned out at work, compared with 32% the year prior.

Today, we’re sharing a handful of videos from our sister publication dsm Magazine and its Lifting the Veil initiative, which elevates coverage of mental health issues in hopes of reducing stigmas.

Lifting the Veil – Moms on the edge
The pandemic has affected women even more than men, as parenting responsibilities have fallen disproportionately to the female population. Learn how the events of the last few years transformed women’s mental health and come away with useful advice and resources.

Lifting the Veil – Caring for your parents
Learn how relationships between adult children and parents have changed due to the pandemic, the mental health ramifications for both parties, and what you can do to take care of your own mental health if you are caring for your parents.

Lifting the Veil – Caring for those who care for our kids
Teachers, child care providers and health care workers have continually adapted to changes in schedules and protocols. Learn what we as a community need to do to create and sustain strong care systems for the future.

Lifting the Veil – Effective employer/employee tools and techniques
Employers have a role to play in the mental health of their employees. Learn how to best provide mental health support to your team.

Meet this year's Business Record Forty Under 40
Since 2000, the Business Record has honored local leaders who are under 40 and have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement.

Women make up more than half of this year’s class. All of the honorees are listed below. We’ll introduce you to them in more detail later this spring – stay tuned!

  • Kristyn Arnold - Managing Director, Anawim Housing
  • Sarah Barthole - Senior Delivery Manager, Principal Financial Group
  • Leslie Berckes - Director of Programs, Trees Forever
  • Brandon Bingham - President/CEO, Bing Bang
  • Meghan Blum - Founder and Owner, Meghan Blum Interiors
  • Devin Boyer - Vice President, Commercial Banking, Community State Bank
  • Gracie Brandsgard - Director of Government Affairs, PolicyWorks
  • Joe Butler - CEO, Downing Construction
  • Matthew Callanan - Partner, Belin McCormick
  • Maria Corona - Executive Director, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Torey Cuellar - Assistant County Attorney, Marshall County
  • Dustyn Curran - Real Estate Development Manager, Ryan Cos.
  • Sarah DeKock - Associate Partner/Senior Vice President of Accounts, Flynn Wright
  • Abby Delaney - Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications Officer, Bankers Trust
  • Veronica Guevara - Director of Equity and Inclusion, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Majda Hadzic - Executive Market Director, JPMorgan Chase
  • Brodey Hanson - Executive Director, The Bridges at Ankeny
  • Steve Havemann - Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul of Des Moines
  • Christine Her - Executive Director, ArtForce Iowa
  • Jordan Juhl - Director of Public Relations, ChildServe
  • Micah Kiel - Iowa Philanthropy Director, Wells Fargo
  • Kayla Kovarna - Communications, Marketing, and Air Service Development, Des Moines Airport Authority
  • Luke Lynch - OpportUNITY Director, United Way of Central Iowa
  • Meghan Malloy - General Counsel and Lobbyist, Heartland Strategies
  • John Marshall - Senior Manager, McGowen Hurst Clark & Smith
  • Tiara Mays - Manager, Contract Negotiation, Aetna
  • Maggie McClelland - Director, ICON Water Trails
  • Luis Montoya - Chief Planning Officer, DART
  • Sarah Mowery - Director of Development, ChildServe
  • Eden Pearson - Senior Director, State Government Relations, Nationwide Insurance
  • Alex Sandvig - Client Executive, EB/Shareholder, Holmes Murphy
  • Jen Schulte - Assistant City Manager, City of Des Moines
  • Karter Smith - Consultant, Baton Global
  • Patty Sneddon-Kisting - Executive Director, Urbandale Food Pantry
  • Ashley Thompson - Director of Government and External Affairs, UnityPoint Health Systems
  • Kelli Todd - Director of Government Programs, UnityPoint Health Systems
  • Armel Traore dit Nignan - Head of Real Estate Data and Analytics, Principal Financial Group
  • Jay Wang - Owner, Wasabi Group
  • Billy Weathers - Artist & Curator, B. Well Foundation
  • Lindsey White - Control Management Senior Manager, Wells Fargo
Left: Gov. Kim Reynolds. Center: Jeopardy contestant Amy Schneider. Right: Wellmark's Laura Jackson.
In the headlines
Worth checking out
What to read during Black History Month and beyond (Shondaland). The age of anti-ambition (New York Times Magazine). A reading list on ableism and ‘invisible’ disability (Longreads). Our honest, hidden thoughts on race captured in just 6 words (National Geographic). ‘You can fail and not be a failure’: Mikaela Shiffrin reflects on the disappointment of Beijing 2022 (CNN). Your checklist for the coming Great Return (Charter).
Fearless Editor Emily Kestel and Business Record Editor Emily Barske in downtown Davenport.
Thanks to everyone who came out to meet us in Davenport last week! We enjoyed hearing from local leaders about the barriers and issues they face, and more importantly, what can be done to address them. Look for coverage from our conversations later this month!
Closer Look: Meet Mary Hunter, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa
Mary Hunter is the president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa Photo by Duane Tinkey.
For the past 15 months, Mary Hunter has used a large whiteboard in her office as an evolving outline of the turnaround strategy that she has led as president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa. The Johnston-based nonprofit saw some of its darkest days during the initial peak of the pandemic as she was coming on board in November 2020, with 75% of the staff at that time furloughed and two of its retail stores permanently closing.

Over the past year, Hunter has striven to take the organization back to the basics of fulfilling its mission of helping people with barriers to employment to be trained and find jobs. In July, Goodwill of Central Iowa raised its starting wage for employees to $15 an hour as part of a cultural revamp for the organization. Additionally, Hunter is determined that Goodwill of Central Iowa will more effectively reach out to the nonprofit and business communities to "tell people why we’re here" and to engage in new partnerships.

Before joining Goodwill, Hunter for 12 years held several executive roles with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, at both the local and national levels. She also spent a large portion of her professional career with Hy-Vee Inc., where she was assistant vice president of real estate during the company’s peak expansion period. She has served as commissioner for the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. She currently serves on the state’s Consumer Advisory Panel and is a member of the Clive Public Arts Commission. At Goodwill of Central Iowa, Hunter fills a role left vacant after the previous president and CEO, Jackie Norris, stepped down to take another position in 2020.

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