Powerful Performances and Personalities are Ready!
Des Moines will welcome five highly motivational speakers for the upcoming Smart Talk Connected Conversations Season, starting with world renowned primate researcher, Dr. Jane Goodall who kicks off the popular lecture series in January of 2012. The Smart Talk series is well known for presenting remarkable speakers who inspire audiences with their personal experiences, triumphs and struggles. Your Smart Talk ticket also includes a pre-show reception of hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, drawings and presentations by local businesses.
By presenting passionate and accomplished women who have made a major difference in our world, Smart Talk provides us not only with their fascinating presentation and question/answer period; the audience also receives powerful inspiration, motivation, and experiences true connectedness to the speaker as well as the community.
Subscriber Renewal subscriptions are currently on sale for the 2012 season – the eighth year in the series! New season subscription buyers can get tickets starting October 11th. (Subscriber tickets are sold for the entire series and range in price from $99 to $309.) Remember that Des Moines is one of only five cities across the country that hosts the Smart Talk Connected Conversations!
This season’s fascinating speakers are:
Dr. Jane Goodall “Making a Difference” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19
Goodall will relate some of her fascinating years of studying the world of the Gombe chimpanzees. She will share with the audience some of her adventures―from her early observations and experiences to the latest news and stories from the field. She is founder of the Jane Goodall Institute; a UN Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire and the subject of countless articles and television programs around the world. Dr. Jane Goodall will show us her reasons for hope in these complex times,
Arianna Huffington “On Becoming Fearless in Love, Work and Life” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21st
In 2005 Arianna Huffington launched a widely read and cited online news site “The Huffington Post”. She is also a nationally syndicated columnist and an author of 13 books, and regularly addresses and promotes community solutions to social problems. Time Magazine listed her as one of the top 100 most influential people not once but TWICE!
Frances Mayes: “Under the Tuscan Sun: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler” 7:30 p.m. March 28.
Bestselling author of “Under the Tuscan Sun” which was made into a successful movie, Mayes also is a professor, poet, traveler and seasoned Italian cook. She is also the founder of The Tuscan Sun Festival in Italy, and she’ll debut a new cookbook next year. An inspiring figure and speaker, Mayes talks to that part of all of us that wants to reach out and stretch our horizons!
Melissa Stockwell: “Lived a Lifetime by 25: From Baghdad to Beijing and Beyond” 7:30 p.m. April 17
Stockwell was the first female to lose a limb in Iraq – she was a commissioned officer in the Army when in 2004 the Humvee in which she was riding was hit by a roadside bomb. Since her recovery she has participated in marathons and triathlons, and won the 2010 world championship in the Para triathlon competition. An extraordinary woman with an extraordinary story to share.
Marie Osmond: “An Evening with Marie Osmond” 7:30 p.m. May 14
Marie Osmond has been performing since she was 3 years old, with her famous family The Osmond Brothers, and on her own. She was the youngest female artist to have her debut record go to No. 1, and was the youngest person to host a national television variety show. Marie has performed on Broadway, hosted radio shows, written books and started her own business.