Miller becomes first Black female captain of Des Moines Police Department: The Des Moines Police Department has its first Black female captain. Recently, Capt. Lillie Miller celebrated 21 years protecting and serving the community, but for her and those who came out to support her, the promotion is special. "This is huge for me, being a pioneer and a trailblazer is not only a great honor, but a great responsibility," Miller said. "It's about bringing others along who look like me that can be with me." Her supporters were not going to let this groundbreaking promotion go unnoticed. About 100 people came to watch her accept the captain's badge. Read more

Dawson to retire from chief nursing role at UI Health Care: Cindy Dawson, chief nurse executive and associate director for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will retire after a 44-year career with UI Health Care, effective Dec. 2. Dawson began her career with UI Health Care in 1975 as a staff nurse in otolaryngology. She was named chief nurse executive and associate director of the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care in 2018. Dawson is also associate dean for clinical practice in the UI College of Nursing. She has been involved in research throughout her career, has authored or co-authored numerous professional publications, and has received multiple state and national honors and awards, including most recently the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the 100 Great Iowa Nurses program.

Pradhan awarded diversity society’s certificationSanjita Pradhan, the program director of talent and development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, was recently awarded the Certified Diversity Professional certification from the Institute for Diversity Certification. The certification focuses on using diversity and inclusion to achieve organizational goals. Pradhan's key focus at the Partnership is leading initiatives to carry out its Global DSM: International Talent Strategy and leading both internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives.

CBJ invites Fall Leadership Academy applications: The Corridor Business Journal is accepting applications for its Fall 2020 Leadership Academy. This rigorous five-session Leadership Academy focuses on practical leadership, coaching and management skills in a professional business environment, giving promising employees the skills and introspection to help them grow and lead. Applications are open to emerging Corridor business and nonprofit leaders who are poised to take the next step within their organization. For more information or to apply, visit the CBJ’s website.

Women philanthropists honored: The Central Iowa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recently selected its 2020 Philanthropy Day award winners. Among them were Joyce Chapman of Des Moines, who was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; and Caroly Coronado Vargas of Des Moines, who was named Outstanding Youth In Philanthropy. Chapman and Vargas, in addition to the remaining winners, will be honored Nov. 13 at the organization’s virtual 35th annual Philanthropy Day.

Record Black women running for Congress: The 2020 election has set another record: More Black women than ever before are running for Congress, according to a recent report from Reuters. At least 122 Black or multiracial Black women have filed to run for congressional seats in this year’s election, a vast increase from 2012 when only 48 filed to run. Another fact to note: The rate of GOP women winning their races has fallen dramatically, reports Fortune's Nicole Goodkind. Over the past four years, the number of female Republican senators has doubled, but the right could lose those gains entirely in 2020.


Dogs and the people who love them have a new place for pampering with the opening of a new spa for canines at Apple Creek Kennel in Marion. The business is owned by Nikee Woods.

A new analysis by Amazon finds that Iowa leads the nation in the per-capita number of small and medium-sized businesses selling through the tech giant’s online platform, reports the Corridor Business Journal.

Four former Google employees suing for gender pay discrimination are trying to secure class-action status representing 10,000 workers — or all women who worked for Google in California after September 2013.

Bacardi came under fire recently for its new Plume & Petal brand, a line of reduced-calorie and reduced-alcohol vodka products that were initially aimed specifically at women. As the Washington Post put it, that approach "went over as well as you’d expect."