Chamber of Commerce presents “Women Wine & Whiskey”

Written by on July 16, 2018

The Keokuk Iowa Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their second annual Women Inspiring Women Celebration on July 17th.

There will be a panel of successful women from the area will talk about what it takes to become accomplished in the Tri-State area.

Attendees will sample wines and whiskeys from local distributors and three women will be given the Women Inspiring Women Awards.

It will run from 5-7 pm and advance tickets can be purchased for $10 at

If you would like to pay at the door, you can RVSP by calling 319-524-5055 or email

Shelley Oltmans from the chamber said they got the idea from Ottumwa, but have made there’s a little different.

“The program is about a half a day seminar where they do professional development for women. What I decided to do is take it and have a different swing to it and have it as a panel discussion of women leaders in our community, as well as a networking event. At the same time we are going to award our three awards for women in our community, Businesswoman of the Year, Woman of Achievement and Woman to Watch,” Oltmans said. “It starts at five pm at Meyers’ Courtyard; it’s going to be heavy hors d’oeuvres and we’ll have some wine and whiskey tasting. We’ll have an hour long panel discussion, as I said, with six women leaders from our community and then we’ll do the award presentations.”

Oltmans always wants everyone to know that the event is not just for women.

“It’s open to everybody. Some people think it’s only open for women. No, no, no, no, men can celebrate women as well. And one of the things is that I’ve had some people say, ‘well we don’t have any men’s celebrations,’ and I was like, we have celebrations for everybody. And that’s what this is actually, a celebration for everybody.” Oltmans said.

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