Latest Compact Nation Podcast Features Iowa’s Mandi McReynolds

March 19, 2018

The latest episode of the national Compact Nation Podcast features a discussion about corporate social responsibility and community engagement with Compact Nation Podcast co-host Emily Shields and Mandi McReynolds, Director of the Foundation and Community Relations at Principal Financial Group, a global company based in Des Moines, Iowa. McReynolds is a former higher education community engagement professional at both Drake University and Coe College and talks about her transition to the corporate sector. The two also discussed similarities and differences between the sectors and ideas for building strong private-public partnerships. Plus, in pop-culture corner, co-hosts pretend to understand Bitcoin and blockchain, discuss the power of forgiveness, and consider whether assessment actually works.

Mandi McReynolds is an author, educator, and community relations practitioner-scholar. She is executive director of the Principal Foundation and oversees corporate social responsibility.  She also is the owner of Mandi McReynolds Consulting. Mandi has a passion for teaching, supporting and advocating for system wide change that can impact the lives of individuals on the pathway to financial self-sufficiency – which includes access to affordable housing, employment, and childcare. She has spent her career building community relations and leadership programs at three different educational institutions and now serves the Foundation of a fortune 250 global company, Principal Financial in Des Moines. Mandi received her B.A. in Organizational Communications from Cedarville University and M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Speech Communication, Higher Education, and Women Studies from Iowa State University. Mandi was honored with the 2011 Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Staff Award, 2012 Iowa Student Personnel Association Outstanding Service Award, and 2012 Upper Midwest Region ACU-HO Social Justice in Action Award. She was named in 2015 to the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty under 40 and was a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. She enjoys long-distance racing, swimming with her daughter Ava, and traveling with her husband, Adam.

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