DMACC Announces Schedule for 2023 Celebrate! Innovation Speaker Events on March 9

Posted 3/2/2023

​​​ciLive! 14 at DMACC will feature Mitch Matthews, Dr. Shawna Pandya, Alex Weber, Molly Bloom, John Ratzenberger, Kenny Aronoff, James LoMenzo, Brent Woods and a screening of the new "Kinnick" documentary

  • ciLive! at DMACC is celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2023 and will be held March 9 at the DMACC West Campus.

  • This year’s event theme is “Be Your Own Superhero” and features a variety of inspiring speakers from diverse backgrounds.

  • All ciLive! 14 speaker presentations will be free to attend in-person at the DMACC West Campus and are open to the public; free livestreaming of all speaker events will also be available via e360tv.​

Join us for ciLive! at DMACC and get inspired to be your own superhero!

DMACC is excited to officially announce the event schedule for the 14th Annual Celebrate! Innovation (ciL​ive! 14) Speaker Series​, which will take place March 9, 2023, at the DMACC West Campus in West Des Moines. This year’s ciLive! theme is “Be Your Own Superhero,” and will celebrate the many ways we can all achieve superhero status through creative thinking and collaboration. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, all ciLive! speaker events are free and open to the public, and free livestreaming is available via e360tv.

“We’re excited to continue ciLive! at DMACC with another fascinating and diverse group of speakers this Spring,” said ciLive! founder and DMACC West Campus Provost Dr. Anthony Paustian. “This series has grown tremendously over the past 14 years, and it continues to evolve and inspire.

“We hope anyone who is interested will join us either in-person or LIVE online to enjoy this fantastic line-up of speakers at no cost.”

Event schedule

ciLiv​e! 14 will feature the following schedule of speakers on Thursday, March 9, at the DMACC West Campus in West Des Moines (all times are CDT):

  • 10 a.m., Mitch Matthews, the host of the top-ranked “DREAM THINK DO” podcast. Matthews’ goal is to help people to push through their fear to DREAM bigger, THINK better and DO more of what they were put on the planet to do. A native of Newton, Iowa, he now resides in Des Moines.

  • 11 a.m., Dr. Shawna Pandya, a physician, aquanaut, scientist-astronaut, martial artist and advanced underwater diver. With backgrounds in neuroscience, space, entrepreneurship and medicine, Dr. Pandya has led a life devoted to technology, innovation, social development and adventure.

  • 12:30 p.m., Alex Weber, an author, international keynote speaker on leadership and peak performance, and the only person to both host and compete on NBC’s Emmy-nominated series “American Ninja Warrior.”

  • 1:30 p.m., Molly Bloom, the best-selling author of “Molly’s Game,” a memoir that chronicles her journey from a college student and Los Angeles waitress to founder and operator of the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world. An award-winning film adaptation of her book, starring actress Jessica Chastain and directed by Aaron Sorkin, was released in 2017.

  • 2:30 p.m., John Ratzenberger, an actor and director who is best known for playing Cliff on the beloved TV sitcom “Cheers” throughout the show’s entire 11-year run. Ratzenberger has also voiced a variety of PIXAR characters; in fact, he is the only actor to voice a character in every PIXAR film released to-date.

  • 3:30 p.m., screening of the new feature documentary film “Kinnick: The Documentary” (92 minutes), which tells the story of Iowa native Nile Kinnick as a child of the Depression, winner of the Heisman Trophy and pilot during World War II. Scott Siepker, also known as the “Iowa Nice Guy,” is the film’s executive producer.

  • 5 p.m., After Party featuring a Kenny & Friends​ concert with Grammy Award-winning drummer Kenny Aronoff, who was named one of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine. Aronoff has recorded and toured with some of the biggest stars in every genre of music, including John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Bob Seger, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Melissa Etheridge, Gregg Allman, Alanis Morissette, Goo Goo Dolls, Joe Cocker, Sting and many others. He will be joined at ciLive! 14 by bass guitarist James LoMenzo, who’s played with White Lion, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Ace Frehley, David Lee Roth, Megadeth and John Fogerty, and by guitarist Brent Woods, a student of the legendary Randy Rhoads who’s played with Vince Neil, Kristin Chenoweth, John Waite and Sebastian Bach.

ciLive! at DMACC has been hosted by the DMACC West Campus in West Des Moines since the event’s inception in 2010. The College’s West Campus began receiving national recognition for its modern approach to learning soon after campus construction was completed in 2001. Through partnerships with a variety of hardware and software developers, as well as providers of academic content, emerging technologies continue to be an integral part of the DMACC West Campus learning environment.

For more information about ciLive! 14, visit​.

Media contact: Dr. Anthony Paustian, (515) 554-8900,

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