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“WITHOUT COURAGE YOU CANNOT PRACTICE ANY OTHER VIRTUE WITH CONSISTENCY.”

-MAYA ANGELOU

Kathryn Dickel | CEO

The tenets that guide Kathryn and her work:

  • Use fear as a tailwind, not a headwind. Fear often indicates you’re in the right place for growth.

  • Treat others as you would treat yourself. Collaborate with people who treat themselves well.

  • Struggle holds gifts, embrace the struggle.

  • Your best compass is a mirror.

  • There are always resources to get you there, keep searching and you’ll find them.

  • Words are important, take time to choose them wisely. Words without action are meaningless. Don’t waste time on anything meaningless.

  • There are many ways to communicate, use them all.

  • Never hesitate to tell someone they are loved, important, or doing a good job.

  • ALL IS IN DIVINE TIMING.


Heather Hansen | CEO

Heather has been a part of growing the creative communities and supporting entrepreneurs for 15 years. While still in her mid-20s she started Swaelu Media, a marketing and web development company in 2000, with Kathryn. Realizing that their hometown, Des Moines, Iowa needed a serious cultural renaissance and the world, in general, needed a ticketing company that put the community first, they applied their creative and technological resources to found MIDWESTIX. MIDWESTIX provides event marketing and services to clients across the upper Midwest, including some of Iowa biggest events like the Des Moines Arts Festival (2013), Clay County Fair in Spencer Iowa, River Roots Live in Davenport and 80/35 in Des Moines.