AFWA Des Moines Chapter meets at various restaurants in the Metro on the third Tuesday of the month. Join us for networking, lunch and CPE programs. Members and guests can RSVP online with the form below.

Board meetings are open to the membership and are typically held the Friday before our membership meetings.  If you are planning to attend and would like to order lunch, please contact us at  Someone from the board will contact you with details. 


August 24th 11:30-1:00 - ZOOM

WATCH PARTY OPTION! - Want to watch together and mingle? Join us for the big screen! 

Tarbell & Co., P.L.C. - 1466 28th St. STE 100-West Des Moines, 50266
 Bring your own lunch

TOPIC: Essential Workers, Essential Protections - CPE Credit

Join us in August as we hear from an expert from the Department of Labor in the Wage and Hour Division. Melissa will dive deep and discuss laws and facts surrounding bonuses and incentive pay, overt-time, nursing mother's time off, and more! Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge and great resources to share. 

SPEAKER: Melissa Wright 

Melissa Wright is the Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist for the Des Moines District of the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. She is responsible for all educational outreach and strategic enforcement planning for the district, which encompasses all of Iowa and Nebraska. Melissa has 14 years of federal service. She was a Wage and Hour Investigator prior to this position and conducted many complex investigations related to the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Davis-Bacon Act, Service Contract Act, and more. Melissa graduated from Drake University and earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Public Administration.


Upcoming Meetings

September Member Meeting: 9/21 @ 11:30-1:00 - Wakonda
October Member Meeting: 10/19 @ 5:30-7:00 - TBD

2021 - 2022 Meeting Costs: AFWA member rate $15, Non-Member First Time Guest rate $20, Non-Member Guest rate $30

Administrative Policies: If you would like to make or cancel a reservation, please contact Treasurer, Liz Mathers and Jen Nokes.  Reservations canceled within 2 business days of the meeting may result in a charge from the venue, which must be paid by the member or guestPer chapter rules, if you register and do not attend, you will be charged the cost of the luncheon/dinner.  For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact us at
Official National Registry Statement: AFWA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors:  150 Fourth Avenue, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417 or through its website: