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FIRST FRIDAY: Vanessa McNeal of McNeal Media

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On the first Friday of every month, join us to hear the savvy, successful business owners + entrepreneurs of Des Moines share their story. In a laid-back environment, you’ll catch some words of wisdom from women + men who have been through it before—and maybe walk away with a new connection (or two).

Sessions are completely free and open to the public, and are held from 11:30am to 1pm, with networking from 11:30am to noon. This First Friday will be held at Gravitate Valley Junction located at 318 5th Street in West Des Moines. Seating is first come, first served. Lunch is not provided, though we encourage you to bring your own if you'd like. There are numerous options in and near Valley Junction.

On August 4, we'll hear from local business owner, Vanessa McNeal.

About Vanessa: Vanessa McNeal MSW, is an accomplished and acknowledged public speaker and storyteller. Through her work in speaking and film production, she informs and transforms audiences with her passion and veracity. Vanessa is a survivor of child abuse and sexual violence, but she uses her past as a vehicle to empower, educate, and inspire others. ​Vanessa is the producer of the internationally recognized documentary, “The Voiceless”. The Voiceless is an hour long documentary that features the stories of male survivors of sexual violence. The documentary explores taboos, stereotypes, intersectionality, and the impact sexual violence has on male survivors. To learn more about Vanessa, visit

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