Suzanne Clark, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president, has been selected as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Iowa Hunger Summit, Oct. 14, at the downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa. The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
In the Chamber’s 104-year history, Clark is the first woman to be president. She is a seasoned business owner and previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer in the Chamber. Clark acquired and directed a leading financial information boutique – Potomac Research Group – which was recognized by the Inc500 as the 135th fastest-growing private company in 2012.
“I know that a broad cross-section of our community will be eager to hear her insights into the distinctive role of the private sector in confronting issues of poverty and food insecurity in our country,” said Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation.
The Iowa Hunger Summit was established in 2006 by Quinn, with former Iowa governors: Robert D. Ray, Terry E. Branstad, Chet Culver, and Tom Vilsack serving as honorary co-chairs. It was originally created to involve Iowans in the global discussion of food insecurity while honoring the role Iowans play in feeding the world.
This year, the Iowa Hunger Summit will feature the unveiling of the inaugural “Norman Borlaug World Food Prize Day” poster contest. The winning art piece will be used as the focal point of the 2019 Borlaug Day poster and shared with classrooms across the state to educate and inspire students to emulate the passion and commitment of our state’s great humanitarian hero, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Father of the Green Revolution, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.
While the Hunger Summit is free and open to the public, registration is required. Register at www.iowahungersummit.org/register.