For continued growth, our state depends on increasing our skilled workforce and mobilizing diverse talent into leadership positions. The ongoing vitality of Iowa's economy depends upon it.


Now more than ever, Iowa has an opportunity to continue its unparalleled growth by unlocking the potential of all our talents. This is particularly true for women-owned businesses, women in leadership, women on corporate boards and women in elected office. I believe we can achieve greater diversity by identifying realistic solutions that establish clear pathways and help remove barriers for women.


Recently, The Washington Post wrote a story titled "Terry Branstad's War for Women." The story focused on our commitment to diversity and to placing women in leadership positions. In our administration, women lead high-profile departments and agencies, including the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Iowa Economic Development Agency, Iowa Department of Revenue and Iowa Workforce Development. Just last year, Gov. Branstad appointed the first female state auditor in Iowa history.


To build momentum, we are continuing to cultivate diverse talent and initiating a statewide conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing Iowans. This includes highlighting the pockets of excellence throughout the state such as the Iowa Women's Leadership ConferenceNational Association of Women Business Ownersand Ascent, to name a few.


That's why CEOs like Randy Edeker, of Hy-Vee Inc., and Larry Zimpleman, of Principal Financial Group Inc., are on the forefront of increasing the number of women in corporate positions. They understand that it is the right thing to do and is a competitive differential.


This is an economic movement energized by men and women who understand that Iowa's success depends upon placing diverse talent in corporate, public and community leadership. By joining together, we can and will ensure a vibrant future for our state on the worldwide stage.


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