Learning Opportunities

Live Conversation with Waterloo Entrepreneur ReShonda Young

Wednesday, March 29 6-6:45 p.m.

Join The Center for Public Integrity for a live conversation with Waterloo
entrepreneur, ReShonda Young on Wednesday, March 29, from 6 p.m. to 6:45
p.m. to discuss local efforts being made to close the wealth gap between Black
and white Americans. ReShonda was the subject of “the Heist Season 2: The
Wealth Vortex,” Public Integrity’s award-winning podcast.

“The Wealth Vortex” is a groundbreaking podcast produced in partnership
with Transmitter Media that followed Young’s efforts to open the Bank of
Jabez, her state’s only Black-owned bank, and possibly the first nationwide in
more than 20 years. You can listen to the conversation here. In the live virtual discussion, Young will share updates about her progress in the year since the podcast aired and discuss community-focused actions to increase equity.

The live discussion is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the wealth
gap between Black and white Americans, the challenges Black entrepreneurs
face, and the importance of community-focused solutions. The event is open
to all. Participants can attend virtually and ask questions at the end of the

Windows on Waterloo

Windows on Waterloo is a monthly webinar series designed to highlight organizations in our community and the incredible work they do. 

Upcoming Presentations

Dementia Friendly Cedar Valley & Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging

April 5 at 11 a.m.

Megan Zimmerman from the Dementia Friendly Cedar Valley initiative and Greg Zars from Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging will join us to discuss the services and resources they offer individuals facing dementia-related diseases and aging populations in our community.

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Past Presentations

Riverview Center

Riverview Center joined us to share about the services and resources they offer survivors of sexual violence through their Waterloo Crisis Intervention program.

Waterloo Schools

Dr. Jared Smith, Superintendent of Waterloo Schools, joined us to discuss the district’s strategic plan and goals, priorities for the future, and how they are navigating the challenges our schools face.

Grout Museum

Billie Bailey presented about exhibits and programs available through the Grout Museum District. She also provided an update on their upcoming renovation and why it is so important for the future of the museum district.

Main Street Waterloo

Jessica Rucker shared about the work Main Street Waterloo does throughout the year to support local businesses and make downtown a thriving place to work, dine, and play!

Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs offers support and resources for local veterans. Veterans Affairs Executive Director, Yolando Loveless, presented about the services provided.

Waterloo Warming Center/Hospitality House

Joni Hansen joined us to talk about the needs of Waterloo’s residents experiencing homelessness and what these organizations are doing to provide services.

Upcoming Events


Live Conversation with Waterloo Entrepreneur ReShonda Young

Wednesday, March 29, 6:00-6:45 p.m.

Join entrepreneur ReShonda Young and Public Integry journalist Jamie Smith Hopkins as they discuss Young’s efforts to address the wealth gap between white and Black Americans in Waterloo. In the live discussion, Young will share updates about the Bank of Jabez, discuss community-focused actions to increase equity and answer listeners’ questions. This is a one-year follow up to Young’s feature on The Heist podcast last year. You can listen to the original conversation here.


Windows on Waterloo

Wednesday, April 5, 11:00 a.m.

Megan Zimmerman will share about Dementia Friendly Cedar Valley and how they are working to make the Cedar Valley a more informed, safe, and respectful place for people living with dementia. Greg Zars from Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) will also present about the services they provide aging adults to help them maintain independence. 
(Online Webinar, Zoom)

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Celebrate Waterloo

Monday, May 22, 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate Waterloo is an annual event that celebrates our 2023 grant recipients and the positive impact they are making in Waterloo! This year’s recipients include: Allen College, Waterloo Public Library, Link CCD, House of Hope, The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Hawkeye Community College Foundation, and Vision to Learn. Drinks and appetizers will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:00 p.m.
(Hawkeye Community College Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center)