Why: As assistant executive director of the West Des Moines Business Incubator, when the nonprofit business incubator was failing to get off the ground, she committed her time and talents to growing the Incubator from zero clients to the current 15 with a variety of backgrounds. Two companies have graduated from the iuncubator in the four years that it has been open: Appcore and KCL Engineering.

Where she's been

Eckert started her career as a secretary and has grown into leadership roles, including West Des Moines Economic Development Department 2003 - present; Iowa STEAM Innovation Zone - founding board member - September 2014 - present; Data Transmission Network - 2000-2003; Des Moines Area Community College - 1988-1999. 


Connection points

Eckert is a 2012 graduate of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy and a 2008 graduate of the Warren County Leadership Institute. She recently earned a Bachelor of Public Administration from Upper Iowa University, and last year she attended Drake University's Women's Entrepreneurial Boot Camp.


Contact her

Find her on LinkedIn or contact her via email at  jo.eckert@wdm.iowa.gov. 


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