AARP Iowa and are teaming up to host two luncheon panel discussions, Navigating the Workplace at 50, in Des Moines on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grandview University Student Center, 1200 Grandview Ave.; and in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.


The interactive programs are designed to provide participants with tips and tools for career decision-making. They will include a moderated panel of employment experts addressing Iowa market trends and resources available to connect older adults to jobs or training programs.

The panels will be moderated by Lyle Muller, executive director-editor of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism โ€” and the IowaWatch Connection radio program.


Panelists in will be career counselor Lin Phillips; Hy-Vee Senior Vice President Shelia Laing; University of Iowa College of Public Health Professor Brian Kaskie; career coach and consultant Kathleen Watson and an Iowa Workforce Development representative.

Panelists in Cedar Rapids will be Iowa Workforce Development employment specialist Carlos Vega, Iowa Department on Aging Employment Specialist Rosemary Thierer, Hy-Vee Human Resources professional Tonia Petterson, Phillips, Kaskie and Watson.

The events are free and open to AARP members and the public. They will include lunch and resource materials.

Advance registration is required. To register, call 1-877-926-8300 or go to the following registration websites:

For Des Moines           For Cedar Rapids

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse.

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan journalistic program dedicated to producing high quality investigative journalism in Iowa while training journalism students on this work at a high, ethical level. AARP of Iowa is an underwriting sponsor of the IowaWatch Connection.

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