Meetings and Speakers


Speakers: Diverse, timely, expert perspectives

We participate in the ACFR National Speakers Program which provides prominent speakers at the ready edge of responsibility and expertise regarding timely foreign policy issues & events. We have hosted sitting Ambassadors, former Ambassadors, State Department officials, Officers of the military, policy experts & more from foreign relations organizations and consultancies in the nation.

We also feature Iowa based speakers with special expertise and experiences in foreign relations from our congressional representatives, universities, and major news outlets.

At the Committee on Foreign Relations, our monthly meetings are dedicated to advancing discourse of relevant U.S. foreign relations issues and events while supporting our non-partisan, non-profit position.  We provide a high quality personal experience with a unique intimate forum for dialogue and discussion. We support diverse, timely, well-informed perspectives that contribute to understanding concerning foreign relations.

Upcoming Speaker: Thursday April 25th at 5:30, Wakonda Club – Pat Grote

Change in speaker for the 25th

Pat has served as Executive Director of the Center since 2017 and with her staff, focuses time on programs which include the International Visitor Leadership Program, the Community Connections Program, the Global Citizens Travel Seminar as well as language interpretation services.  Like the GDMCFR, the roots of the Iowa International Center trace back in-time to 1939, when volunteers worked together to support immigrants fleeing the war in Europe.  What began in 1939 has evolved over the years into an organization that strives to support international visitors and immigrants while making our state more inclusive and welcoming to all. 

Past Speakers:

Meetings: High Quality Personal Experience

For the 2023-2024 season our meetings will be held at Wakonda Club in Des Moines. We meet each month from September through May of the following year. Please email for more information.

Because we limit the size of the membership and the size of the venue, we provide a unique intimate format for our members…giving the opportunity to meet the speaker, engage in discussion, and gain additional knowledge and information.

Agenda & Venue

Our meetings are currently being held at Wakonda Club, 3915 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321

The typical agenda includes:

5:30PM – Reception and Happy Hour with the speaker
6:00PM – Speaker’s presentation and Q&A
7:00PM Wrap up and closing comments