Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 8:30 AM CDT
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 4:30 PM CDT

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Hilton Garden Inn - Urbandale/Des Moines 
8600 Northpark Drive
Johnston, IA 50131

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EyesOpenIowa 2018 Annual Conference 

You are invited to attend the 2018 EyesOpenIowa Annual Conference: Ripples Affect, September 25-26, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Urbandale, Iowa!

This engaging sexual health education conference brings together teachers, nurses, college students, professors, health educators, and youth serving professionals from across the Midwest!

Professionals can choose from a variety of exciting and interactive workshops in the adolescent sexual health field. Along with dynamic keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, exhibitors with professional resources, and plenty of time for networking with other professionals, this conference is your key to effective and fun professional development.

Register Now! FREE GIFT: All Conference registrants will receive a free e-book, courtesy of the Center for Sex Education. How I Got Into Sex Ed.  Many thanks to the Center for sharing this terrific book!


This year's fantastic keynotes include:

Kim Cook  

  Day 1, Opening Keynote Address: How #PopCulture Has Reshaped Conversations About Sexuality

  Kim T. Cook, RN, CHES, has certifications as a Health Education Specialist, middle and high school health teacher, and in LGBT Studies and is also a former elementary school nurse. She is the founder of Teen World Confidential, an online resource for parents of teens and 'tweens to help get the conversation(s) started.    

Kim believes that when parents and kids establish an open dialogue around sex, kids are empowered to make the best possible choices over a lifetime. She is also the author of Teen World Confidential: Five-minute Topics to Open Conversation About Sex and Relationships. As the mother of three grown daughters, she is a survivor of the adolescent years.

**Conference attendees will receive a free copy of Kim's book, Teen World Confidential!**


Lauren Peffley

Day 1, Afternoon Keynote Address

Lauren Peffley recently earned her Master of Social Work and Certificate for Violence & Injury Prevention from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University with a concentration of Advocacy and Empowerment for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation. She also completed training with the YWCA’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and has served as a SART advocate. Lauren has been passionate about anti-exploitation work for over a decade now, taking every opportunity to learn about it, write about it, speak about it, and work with organizations doing something about it. She spent a year living in Southern India serving as an intern with International Justice Mission, and then spent two years as a dedicated volunteer/public speaker for Not For Sale – Minnesota. Lauren is currently pursuing justice and serving survivors through her role as Program Coordinator at Eden’s Glory.


Latasha DeLoach

Day 2, Morning Keynote Address: Exposing the Invisible Ink: Revealing Systematic Racism in the Years of #staywoke

LaTasha DeLoach holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. In her position of Community Projects Specialist at Johnson County Social Services, she is the Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Contact coordinator and the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children coordinator. DeLoach advocates for families and is a fierce advocate for women and young women of color in Iowa.

She has been a member of many local and statewide boards and committees including UI School of Social Work Professional Advisory Committee, State Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee, Iowa Girls Justice Initiative Taskforce, SMART on Juvenile Justice Leadership Team, City of Iowa City Council’s Ad Hoc Diversity Committee and City of Iowa City Roundtable Discussions.

DeLoach is a certified facilitator for Girls’ Circle, The Council for Young Men and Boys, and Family Team Meetings. She is a trainer and facilitator for the Iowa Department of Human Services Race: Power of an Illusion program. DeLoach is the co-founder of several organizations and programs for women and girls of color, including G! World, Sisters in Power, and Sankofa Outreach Connection, an emerging local organization with over 300 women of color members.

DeLoach was vice president of the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors. She is also a committed community volunteer and coordinator of conferences, seminars, workshops, and events. Her crowning achievements include being a partner to her husband Jason and a mother to her boy/girl twins, Nathan and Lauren.


Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel

Day 2, Conference Closing Keynote Address 

Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel has served as One Iowa’s executive director since January 2017. He is also adjunct faculty at Iowa Central Community and Des Moines University and a respite provider through Lutheran Services in Iowa. He has over 10 years of nonprofit experience working with the LGBTQ community, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, Latino community, and individuals with disabilities.

Daniel has a Doctorate of Education in Leadership from Creighton University. His doctoral work includes a dissertation titled Resilient Leadership: A Case study about a gay man’s journey of coming out and running for public office. He holds an M.A. in health studies from the University of Alabama, a B.A. in liberal arts with sociology and psychology minors from Grand View University, and an A.A. from Iowa Central Community College.

In 2015, Daniel received one of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40 awards. In 2012, he received the Karen Packer Spirit of Collaboration Award at the Iowa Cancer Summit. Daniel completed the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program in 2017.


EyesOpenIowa's conference breakout sessions are at the height of comprehensive, inclusive, and intersectional sexual health education. Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the topics covered in this year!

  • Trauma-informed care
  • Racial equity
  • LGBTQ+
  • Gender diversity
  • Pregnant/Parenting young people
  • Healthcare resources
  • Socio-emotional learning
  • Non-profit management


Conference Logistics:

Tuesday September 25th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday September 26th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hotel Information:

Hilton Garden Inn - Urbandale/Des Moines

8600 Northpark Dr.

Johnston, IA 50131

The Hilton Garden Inn has been gracious enough to set aside a block of rooms for your convienence on the nights of September 25-26 for $129/night. To reserve, please call 515-270-8890 and ask to make the reservation under the EyesOpenIowa block for these dates. Rooms are limited and will no longer be on hold after September 4th, so to ensure your spot please make your reservation as soon as possible.