Pleasant Hill Mayor Sara Kurovski will lead an international political exchange to the Philippines and Indonesia on March 13-28 organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders, according to a release. Des Moines Business Record

In yet another sign of Des Moines’ vibrant and growing arts scene, Des Moines art adviser Liz Lidgett will open a 1,100-square-foot gallery in the East Village in April. dsm Magazine

The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa), has elected Lisa Kalaher of Sioux City as a director of the AIA Iowa Board. Kalaher is an architect and community activist residing in Sioux City. Sioux City Journal

Jacee Platten is a few years from deciding on a career, but she took the opportunity to explore the field of engineering by attending Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Collins Aerospace in Cedar Rapids. Collins Aerospace hosted more than 1,000 female students for similar events at 21 company locations around the globe. Cedar Rapids Gazette

Mother and daughter team Brenda Broulik and Anna Wilson started growing grapes together 10 years ago and making their own wine five years ago at their Glyn Mawr Winery. Now, they’re welcoming customers to taste that wine in their own shop in downtown Mount Vernon. Cedar Rapids Gazette 


While women outnumber men in journalism programs and in colleges, they represent just 41.7 percent of newsroom employees, according to the 2018 diversity survey by the American Society of News Editors. That survey also received a record low number of responses — just 17 percent of the 1,700 organizations surveyed responded. Nieman Lab

Time’s Up announced that its chief executive, Lisa Borders, submitted her resignation after allegations that her son engaged in sexual misconduct surfaced. Washington Post 

The American Civil Liberties Union wrote a letter last week alleging that Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wis., was responsible for body shaming its students — and that the school district at large created a "broader culture of body shaming, victim blaming, and harassment." ACLU via the Lily