Feature on Elizabeth Grace Saunders in the Des Moines Register.
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CENTRAL IOWA NETWORKING 5/1
May 1, 2007
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FREELANCE WRITER, GRACE COMMUNICATIONS INC., DES MOINES
Background: I studied magazine journalism, interior architecture and business at Drake University. Before I started my own company, I worked for a nonprofit, a small business and three corporations, including Meredith.
Why I do what I do: I love serving clients and helping them communicate effectively. My goal is to capture their vision in words.
What I do to get away from work: I enjoy networking, going to Young Professionals Connection events, participating in Immersion at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, attending a women's small group, salsa and swing dancing, going on long walks, eating at fantastic restaurants and reading.
How I give back to the community: I organize the women's small groups for the Immersion ministry at Lutheran Church of Hope. Another big community event I am helping organize is the Big Dream Gathering on May 15.
Words to live by: Love God. Love people. Take it one day at a time.
Best business book I've read lately: "Blink," by Malcolm Gladwell. It's not specifically about business, but as an entrepreneur, it reaffirmed that it's good to trust my gut instinct.
The best place in central Iowa to entertain clients or colleagues: Centro. It's located conveniently downtown with nearby street parking. The food and wine are fantastic and varied enough to suit everyone's tastes.
One thing I would change about the Des Moines area: I would love to see even more investment in the beautiful old neighborhoods within Des Moines instead of more and more subdivisions being built outside of Des Moines.
What Iowa can do to attract more people like me: Iowa needs to continue to cultivate and encourage young professionals groups. Also, as high-quality jobs increase, retention of young professionals will increase.
My mentor: In business: Rita Perea, president of Legacy Leadership Solutions. In life: Molly Juntunen, teaching pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope. I am incredibly blessed to have these amazing women in my life.
My leadership philosophy: I want to be a blessing and exude encouragement and excitement everywhere I go and with everyone I meet - to discover the beauty, the joy and the possibility in every person and situation.
Notable achievements: I've been a full-time entrepreneur for more than a year and a half. I work with clients from Miami to Seattle and have been featured in more than 30 different publications.
If I could do something else: If I could make a living by just networking, meeting with people one-on-one, and traveling, I would jump at the possibility.
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