We create experiences to connect young professionals to people and places in our community.


Siren Wednesdays: These after work socials at Economic Alliance member local bars and restaurants. They occur on the first Wednesday of each month and serve as a way for young professionals to network with each other in a relaxed environment.

BigWig Lunch Talks (BLT): The goal of the BigWig Lunch Talks is to expose young professionals to seasoned professionals and inspirational leaders in the community over the lunch hour. BLTs happen four times annually. Each BLT features one seasoned community leader, who shares their unique leadership story.

Leaders Roundtable: One of our most popular events, Leaders Roundtable, brings Corridor leaders together for small group discussions with young professionals. This annual event takes place over the lunch hour at NewBoCo, 415, 12th Ave, Cedar Rapids.

Leadership Workshops: Twice a year ImpactCR offers lunches dedicated leadership discovery. Local professionals discuss leadership principles and best practices for them in everyday situations.

Next Gen. Summit

Each year, we team up with EPIC, with the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce to produce this professional, full-day conference. Next Gen. Summit is designed to inspire, empower and develop young professionals who live and work in ICR IOWA. In 2018, Next Gen. Summit was offered as a track at The Gazette's Iowa Ideas conference September 20-21 in Downtown Cedar Rapids.

ImpactCR 2019 Advisory Board

Kaly Etten
Collins Aerospace
Lindsey Flannery Indian Creek Nature Center
Glen Fuhrmeister Unique Events
Zach Gibson Waypoint
Jessalyn Holdcraft New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative
Carissa Johnson Freedom Festival
Pankit Kotecha Collins Aerospace
Molly LaKose Van Meter Inc.
Jaime Mead The Overture Group
Vandana Merani Collins Aerospace
Jordan Montgomery Northwestern Mutual
Aaron Murphy Aaron Murphy Interiors
Jaimen Pangborn Kids on Course/Zach Johnson Foundation
Rebecca Sullens Cornell College
Torri Trapp Community Savings Bank
Alyssa Trunck Cedar Rapids Community School District
Emily Weber National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

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