Taking Care of Business Conference

June 14 – 16, 2022 | Dubuque

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s Taking Care of Business Conference is Iowa’s premier business conference, bringing together industry leaders to learn, network and share ideas on how to grow and strengthen Iowa’s business climate. If you are passionate about business in Iowa, you need to attend this conference.

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  • Sheryl Connelly

    Chief Futurist — Ford Motor Company
    Globally recognized expert in consumer trends and futurist insights

    Sheryl Connelly

    Sheryl Connelly has served as the in-house futurist for Ford Motor Company for over a decade. In this role, she identifies and analyzes global consumer trends to aide in the discussion of long-term planning and strategy across the entire company, including design, product development, and corporate strategy and help anticipate and predict the needs and desires of consumers.

    Sheryl is skilled at identifying what’s coming around the corner and the potential influences to customer attitudes and behavioral patterns that directly impact business strategy. With the unique ability to translate how consumer and lifestyle trends will affect organizations across industry sectors, Sheryl outlines how to develop a futuring mindset, to act decisively in high-stakes business environments. Fast Company magazine twice named her one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and TechWeek listed her among its “Top 100 Innovators”. Sheryl was also a featured speaker at TED and TED Global, and her strategic viewpoints have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Financial Times, and the BBC, and she has been profiled in Automotive News, Forbes, and Edmunds. She has also appeared on CBS’ This Morning with Charlie Rose, CNBC’s Fast Money, and NPR’s All Things Considered with Robert Siegel. She is also a former member of the Global Advisory Council on transportation for the World Economic Forum.

  • Scott Kubie

    Senior Investment Strategist — Carson Group Partners

    Scott Kubie

    As a Senior Investment Strategist, Scott leads the investment strategy team and focuses on communicating about the investment environment to Carson Group Partners.

    Before joining Carson Group Partners, he spent 20 years at CLS Investments, an ETF strategist with $7 billion under management. He served primarily as the firm’s Chief Investment Strategist. Scott has taught numerous investment classes at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) and earned his MBA from the same institution. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in Economics and Business, and has earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

    Scott has been a guest on CNBC’s Nightly Business Report and can be heard on Bloomberg Podcasts. He is most notably quoted in Yahoo! Finance, U.S. News and World Report, and other leading financial publications.

    Outside of his career, Scott serves as a church treasurer as well as serving on the Advisory Board for the Finance, Banking and Law department in the College of Business Administration at UNO. He enjoys reading, basketball, disc golf, teaching Sunday school and spending time with his family.

  • Clay Holderman

    President and CEO — UnityPoint Health

    Clay Holderman

    As President and CEO of UnityPoint Health, Clay Holderman, MBA, oversees a $4.6 billion health system with a combined network of 20 regional hospitals, 19 community hospitals, nearly 440 clinics, 14 home health locations, 7 affiliated community mental health centers and 4 accredited UnityPoint Health colleges. An industry leader in the Midwest, the organization spans across Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin with a team of more than 34,000 healthcare professionals.

    Prior to joining UnityPoint Health, Holderman held the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a $4.8 billion integrated payor-provider health system in New Mexico. There, he led the development of two de-novo hospitals and was instrumental in driving growth for the system. He led significant initiatives in clinical service line implementation, labor and supply chain cost management, ambulatory site of service shift to lower total cost of care and new business development and acquisitions. He also contributed to work addressing social determinants of health to help reduce disparities in health outcomes and the cost of care for the state’s most vulnerable populations.

    During the SARS-CoV2 pandemic, Holderman served the State of New Mexico as the Health System Advisor. He’s also held executive leadership roles in both investor-owned and not-for-profit health systems, including multiple Hospital Chief Executive Officer roles for LifePoint Hospitals and Ardent Health.

Become a sponsor of the Taking Care of Business Conference and share your business and your brand with more than 600 attendees from across Iowa and the Midwest, many of whom are decision-makers within their companies. Foster relationships with new and existing customers and grow your business at the 2022 Taking Care of Business Conference.

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Contact Holly Mueggenberg, hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org, 515-235-0572.

  • DMACC Conference Booth

    DMACC has been proud to serve as a top sponsor for the ABI Taking Care of Business Conference for a number of years because we understand the value this sponsorship provides. Access to decision-makers and the ability to spread the DMACC message is unparalleled.

    Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College


Conference attendees are responsible for making their reservation and paying for their own hotel accommodations.

  • Hotel Julien Dubuque - SOLD OUT

    200 Main Street
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    (800) 798-7098 or (563) 556-4200

    Group Code: Iowa Association of Business and Industry
    Rooms starting at 139.00 USD per night
    Deadline: May 13, 2022

  • Grand Harbor Resort - SOLD OUT

    350 Bell Street
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    (563) 690-4000

    Group Code: Iowa Association of Business and Industry
    Rooms starting at 119.00 USD per night
    Deadline: May 13, 2022

  • Holiday Inn Dubuque / Galena

    450 Main Street
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    (563) 556-2000

    Group Code: Iowa Association of Business & Industry Room Block
    Rooms starting at 89.00 USD per night (Individual Reserve / Pay for rooms)
    Deadline: May 31, 2022
    Reservations can be made by calling the Hotel at 563-556-2000.