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Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) Chief Executive Officer Diane Ramsey today announced the hiring of Tiffany O’Donnell as Chief Operating Officer, the first appointment of its kind for the state’s premier women’s leadership organization. Ms. O’Donnell will begin her duties as COO in July 2015.
“I am honored that Tiffany O’Donnell will bring her significant talents to IWLC and join our mission of furthering women’s leadership across Iowa,” says Ms. Ramsey. “Iowans know Tiffany for her award-winning career in broadcast journalism, but may not know that she has served on the forefront of women’s leadership and non-profit causes – including IWLC – for many years. Tiffany brings a wealth of marketing, journalism and operational experiences to our staff, and I look forward to re-introducing her to Iowans in this new role.”
Since January 2001, Ms. O’Donnell has been the face and voice of CBS2/Fox 28 in Cedar Rapids, serving as television lead anchor. She is credited with launching two successful news programs, Fox News at 9 and Live at Five. Ms. O’Donnell has been recognized in her field, winning the 2012 Midwest Regional Emmy for Best Newscast. She was nominated in 2010 and 2014 as Best Talent in the Midwest Regional Emmy category. In 2011 she and co-anchor Jack Miller were awarded the Iowa Broadcast News Association’s Best Anchor Team award.
A native of Bettendorf, Ms. O’Donnell holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and French from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She represented her home state in the 1989 Miss America Pageant after being crowned Miss Iowa 1988. Ms. O’Donnell began her broadcasting career at WHO-TV in Des Moines as a morning weather and news anchor, and later expanding to posts ranging from weekend producer/anchor to special assignment investigative reporter, to co-anchor of the 5 p.m. daily newscast.
“Tiffany is a professional communicator, proven collaborator and valued connector whose leadership has helped create and grow assets such as CBS2/Fox28, NewBo City Market, Iowa Children’s Museum and Kids First Law Center,” says Marsha Schulte, IWLC Board Chair. “She has the incredible ability to connect and engage with people; she is genuine and has a heartfelt desire to help the causes that she cares about. We are elated to have her determination and considerable skills at IWLC.”
“I am beyond thrilled to be part of the IWLC team,” says Ms. O’Donnell. “What started as a volunteer opportunity for me two years ago has, incredibly, turned into a second career. As the mother of two daughters and a woman who’s been in the workforce for more than two decades, I can personally speak to the powerful mission of this organization. Empowering women in leadership is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do when it comes to a competitive Iowa workforce. ”
“Workforce development continues to be a challenge for so many companies and organizations,” says Ms. O’Donnell. “Making a commitment to empowering women in leadership is a game-changer for recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. I feel fortunate to be a part of a team that helps give companies an important competitive edge.”