2014 Career Session Speakers



Jeannie Ault, Principal Financial Group

Accounting – The “Sweet” Language of Business

Understand what skills make accountants successful and why the accounting field is known as the “language of Jeannie Ault - Principal Financial Groupbusiness”.  Learn about the “sweet” field of accounting through the use of candy, and where a degree in accounting could take you in your career.



Jeannie Ault is an officer with the Principal Financial Group® as an Assistant Financial Controller in Corporate Accounting.  She joined the company in 1995 and has held several accounting positions since that time.  A native of Altoona, Iowa, Jeannie earned her bachelor degree in accounting from Iowa State University in 1994.  She has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1997 and a member of the Life Office Management Association since 1996. 



Julie Middleswart, Ernst & Young

Public Accounting – A Dynamic Choice for Your Career

Are you looking for a career that challenges you to learn something new every day, provides you the opportunity to help others meet their business goals, and gives you flexibility to be successful in your career and outside of your career?  Public accounting is much more than columns of numbers and tax code.  This session will provide an overview of careers in public accounting including assurance, tax and advisory careers.



Julie started her career with Ernst & Young LLP in 1991 after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Accounting.  Julie specializes in providing assurance and advisory services to clients in the financial services industry, including life, health and property/casualty insurance companies, mutual funds, hedge funds and broker dealers.  Outside of work, Julie is also an active board member for Children & Families of Iowa, a member of the investment committee for United Way’s Emerging Leaders Initiative and is a mother of 3, Alex (10), Anna (7) and Grant (4).



Miriam DeDios, Coopera

Running a Mission-Focused Small Business

Miriam DeDios, Coopera ConsultingIn the fast-paced and ever-changing business world, it’s easy to overlook small businesses that are making an impact in communities across the globe and instead focus on the buzz that large corporations create for the masses. In this session, learn how a for-profit organization can be mission-focused and can exist to impact individual’s well-being by partnering with non-profit financial institutions. In addition, explore some of the business basics of running a small business and how it’s possible to create a competitive advantage by serving untapped and emerging markets.



Miriam De Dios, a native of Jalisco, Mexico, is CEO of Coopera. As CEO, Miriam promotes Coopera’s Approach to serving the Hispanic community throughout the credit union industry. This comprehensive approach has helped individual credit unions and credit union industry organizations position themselves for long-term growth by serving Hispanics. Miriam has significant experience working in the financial services industry, having worked with State Farm Insurance Companies and John Deere Financial. Miriam currently serves on the board of various Hispanic-serving non-profit organizations in the Des Moines area. She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from Iowa State University and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School executive education program, Leading Change and Organizational Renewal. Miriam resides in Des Moines, Iowa.



Lindsay Moser, Principal Financial Group

Knock Knock…Who’s there? Opportunity

Lindsay Moser, PrincipalDo you think about how the relationships you build may have an impact on your future? A personal touch can go a long way! This session will allow for the opportunity to reflect on the positive relationships they have built and how those relationships could play a critical role in their career development. 



Lindsay is a campus & diversity manager with the Principal Financial Group®. She has responsibilities for the campus recruiting functions as well as the diversity & inclusion efforts for the organization. On the campus side, she is responsible for oversight of the campus recruiting efforts, internship program recruitment efforts, and campus relations universities/college relationships. On the diversity & inclusion side, she is responsible for the oversight of the diversity & inclusion efforts which include but are not limited to, oversight of the company sponsored Employee Resource Groups, diversity & inclusion programming, and supporting company efforts to attract and retain top qualified diverse talent within the organization. 


Management Information Systems

Nancy Bailey, Boeing

Delivering Business Success with MIS

Nancy Bailey, The Boeing CompanyApplying the right Information Technology tools and services to solve business problems are key to enabling success for companies today.  Join me for a peek behind the scenes at Boeing where you’ll see how we use IT in almost everything we do to deliver business productivity and growth on a daily basis. Boeing aerospace products are complex, fascinating and global – as is the IT environment in which these products are designed, built and delivered.



Nancy Bailey is the Vice President of Boeing Information Technology (IT) Business Partners. She is responsible for developing and implementing an information technology strategy that helps Boeing divisions be successful. Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University. She joined Boeing in 1984 and has held a number of management positions in computing including Electrical Engineering, Computer Aided Engineering and Product Data Management systems, and as the director of Boeing Manufacturing and Quality Systems. 


Management Information Systems

Tara Quiring, Accenture

Tara Quiring, AccentureBlock Step

In today’s world, technology and information is all around you.  A degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) puts you at the center and opens up a world of exciting opportunities. 


Join Accenture in an interactive Lego game where YOU put your MIS skills to task by analyzing and solving a critical business problem.  You will experience teaming, leadership, collaboration, and communication first hand.   Tara Quiring, Accenture Senior Manager, will also share how her Management Information Systems background supports her daily in her career.



Tara Quiring is a senior manager at Accenture.   Accenture is one of the world’s leading organizations providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services, with approximately 289,000 employees; offices and operations in more than 200 cities in 56 countries; net revenues of $28.6 billion for fiscal 2013. 


In her 19 year career, she has worked in a variety roles delivering high performance solutions.  Today, Tara is part of the global leadership team delivering results for a Fortune 500 company.    Tara Quiring graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Management Information Systems and a minor in Accounting in 1995. 



Jana Rieker, Bankers Trust 

Jana Rieker, Bankers TrustDynamics of Leadership 

Leadership is a journey! You have to be intentional about your goals. In this session, you’ll get ideas on how to develop your personal brand, market your strengths, and focus on the goals to help you reach your leadership potential. Learn about the essential qualities and skills necessary to develop yourself as a leader.  



Jana Rieker is Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing at Bankers Trust, a position which she assumed in May 2010. Bankers Trust is Iowa’s largest independent community bank with consolidated assets exceeding $3.4 billion. Prior to joining Bankers Trust, Jana served as Marketing Sales Manager at Meredith Corporation for 10 years. Meredith is a NYSE company and is the nation’s leading diversified media company.


Supply Chain Management

Marcy Spieker, C.H. Robinson

Leading the Way!

Marcy SpiekerHave you ever wondered what it takes to become an effective leader?  In this session, learn how to develop the leader within you!  We will look at what leadership means to you personally and how to inspire, motivate and be successful as a leader!



Marcy Spieker has been with C.H. Robinson for nine years and has worked in several different roles.  She is currently managing a group of professionals in the transportation and logistics industry.  She is a 2005 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Communication Studies.  C.H. Robinson is a leading third party logistics company as well as a Fortune 500 company.  


Supply Chain Management

Jane Sturgeon, Barr-Nunn Transportation, Inc.

From Hometown Trucking to International Freight Forwarding –Explore the Opportunities in  Transportation & Logistics

Jane Sturgeon, Barr-NunnWhether it’s t-shirts from Bangladesh, bananas from Columbia, or wheat from Kansas, trillions of dollars of freight are in constant motion around the globe and on local highways.  Explore the career opportunities in this dynamic field.



Jane Sturgeon is the CEO of Barr-Nunn Transportation, Inc. a trucking company located in Granger, Iowa, and is a 1985 Iowa State College of Business graduate.  Jane received her degree in accounting, and began her career as a certified public accountant for Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells, but has spent the last 25 years working for Barr-Nunn, which she owns with her husband, Bob.