By David Borzo of In Mind Matters 01/10/2012
It’s getting pretty exciting – the 2012 SmartTalk Connected Conversations is finally upon us here in Des Moines! This year’s season begins Thursday, January 19th with celebrated scientist and primate researcher, Dr. Jane Goodall. Talk about a world class authority and life voyager! Jane Goodall is the opening guest speaker for this eighth year of the SmartTalk series – a season that promises to deliver through May with inspiring and poignant messages of strength, fortitude and courage.
The world is fascinated with Jane Goodall’s social integration in to the world of the Gombe chimpanzees, and her legendary work is an inspiration to millions. Dr. Goodall will share her story – one that started in 1960 when she traveled to what is today’s Tanzania, with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. The rest as they say is history! It will be fascinating to hear her inspiring story and learn more about her work on behalf of endangered species, and helping many other’s efforts to make the world a better place.
SmartTalk is famous for presenting remarkable women who inspire audiences with their stories of triumphs and struggles. Don’t let this year be an opportunity missed! If you put health and well-being on your New Year’s Resolutions list – and need to break out of the daily hum-drum – why not raise the roof with some girlfriends at SmartTalk once a month! Take advantage of what Connected Conversations really means…after all, girlfriends get together to talk – connect – and catch up! Everyone craves a connection, and SmartTalk is your opportunity to re-boot your motivational hard drive with meaningful time – real quality time. Remember, your SmartTalk ticket also includes a pre-show reception of hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, drawings and presentations by local businesses, all at the beautiful Civic Center of Des Moines…so rock the house!
Dr. Goodall will not just kick off the series with her fascinating story, but by sharing her inner motivations and dreams, from her earliest experiences to the latest news from the Jane Goodall Institute. Her message of hope and empowerment promises to personify what SmartTalk Connected Conversations is all about: passionate and accomplished women who have made a major difference in our world. Be there – share in it – be a part of this fascinating presentation and connect!
Subscriber Renewal subscriptions are still on sale for the 2012 season. (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!
After Jane Goodall’s appearance on January 19th, the 2012 lineup SmartTalk speakers continue:
Arianna Huffington “On Becoming Fearless in Love, Work and Life” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21st
Frances Mayes: “Under the Tuscan Sun: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler” 7:30 p.m. March 28th
Melissa Stockwell: “Lived a Lifetime by 25: From Baghdad to Beijing and Beyond” 7:30 p.m. April 17th
Marie Osmond: “An Evening with Marie Osmond” 7:30 p.m. May 14