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May 18: Finding Your Inner Warrior

Miyoko Hikiji, author and Iraq veteran

Whether you’re promoting a product, a service, a nonprofit organization, or an idea, it’s crucial to stay on message for greatest communication impact. Miyoko Hikiji will share how she identifies her key messages aMiyokoBioPhoto-3nd stays on point, even when the demands are tough. For her, the demands have included truck-driving on the front lines in Iraq, advocating for veterans affairs at home, and running for public office in the Iowa statehouse. Luncheon participants will gain insights for discerning and maintaining your own key messages, no matter the challenges in your respective realms.

Presenter: Miyoko Hikiji (pronounced Mee-yo-ko Hee-kee-jee) is a decorated U.S. Army and Iowa National Guard Veteran, acclaimed author, proud mother of two daughters and candidate for the Iowa State Senate in District 20. 

Miyoko grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and enlisted in the active duty Army to support her pursuit of degrees in journalism and psychology at Iowa State University. After completing her initial contract, Miyoko re-enlisted into the Iowa Army National Guard while attending college. The September 11th Attacks on the World Trade Center eventually mobilized thousands of troops across America to the frontlines to combat terrorism and tyranny in Afghanistan and Iraq, with Miyoko serving as one of the many women who was called to duty for both stateside and overseas support roles.

After serving a 403-day tour for Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the 2133rd Transportation Company, and completing nine years of service overall, Miyoko returned to her home state of Iowa to write her biography, All I Could Be: My Story As A Woman Warrior in Iraq, to help communities understand the experience of Veterans in the military from a woman’s perspective.

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Fleming Joins National Board

Peggy Fleming

Congratulations to chapter president Peggy Fleming, who is now a member of national AWC’s Board of Directors.

Peggy believes “this is an exciting time for AWC and a great time to be involved at the national level where you can be part of developments that will shape the organization for years to come. As incoming co-chair of the MarCom Committee, it makes sense to have a closer connection to what is going on with the board.”

Her 3-year term began January 1, 2016.


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About Us

We are a friendly group of communications professionals who are serious about our work and supportive of each other. Our programs offer a mix of professional development, personal growth, networking, and cutting edge technology. Our luncheon meetings are generally the third Wednesday of the month from September through May. You may RSVP and pay securely online with MasterCard, VISA or Discover. You may also pay at the door by check or cash, but we may not be able to provide lunch for those who have not registered in advance. Questions? Contact info@awcdsm.org