GRHRA Networking & Membership Event




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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

4:00 PM -7:00 PM


4:00-5:00 PM - Networking Presentation, LuAnn Hayden & Sarah Stevens

LuAnn and Sarah will include experiences and examples of mentoring programs,
experiences in being a mentor and mentee, and discuss the beneficial aspects of networking.


5:00 - 7:00 PM - Cash bar and appetizers


The J Bar, 4215 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807






Sarah Stevens is the Executive Director at Lead(h)er, a grassroots nonprofit that connects women with experienced leaders to fuel their career and community engagement. Sarah came to Lead(h)er after a decade long career in corporate healthcare where she held multiple leadership positions including Director of Genesis Health Group and Director of Outpatient Services for the health system. In February of 2016, Sarah chose to leave her position with Genesis in order to pursue work that better aligned with her sense of passion and purpose. She determined that the position with Lead(h)er would provide the perfect opportunity to utilize her background in operational leadership to create a strong, positive impact on the community, and it turns out that she and Lead(h)er were a perfect match.

When Sarah isn’t making mentoring matches in the community, she can usually be found spending time with her family, practicing a little yoga in local studios, or walking the streets of Rock Island where she lives with her spouse and three children.


LuAnn M. Haydon is a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities. She retired from John Deere with over 42 years of service.  Her areas of responsibilities were mainly in Marketing and Communications with most recent assignments as Manager of Visual Services (all global photography for company) and Manager of the John Deere Pavilion and Foundation Facilities which included the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, IL and the John Deere Collectors Center.   

During her time with John Deere, she spent many hours on strategic planning, personnel development and facilities management.  Her most significant accomplishments were serving on the design/build teams for both the John Deere Pavilion and the John Deere Collectors Center.  She also served as a consultant to the management team that opened the John Deere Forum in Mannheim Germany. 

LuAnn has been married to her husband, Kirk, for 46 years and they have one son, Brent, who is employed as an Attorney and Compliance Director here in the Quad Cities.  Her interests include gardening, travel, art and volunteering in her community. 

LuAnn is presently working with several local non-profit boards on board training, development, strategic planning and mentoring and has a great amount of experience serving on local boards and committees in our community.  LuAnn is honored to serve on the boards of Living Proof Exhibit, Normaleah Ovarian Cancer Initiative, Family Resources and Dress for Success Quad Cities.  Previous boards she has served on are the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, River Music Experience, MidCoast Fine Arts, ATPI (State of IL Agritourism), John Deere Commons Property Owners and the Junior League of the Quad Cities.  In addition to those boards, she has served on various committees such as United Way Campaign Cabinet and Special Events, Junior Achievement Project Business, Hampton Heritage Center – Steering Committee, CASI Hat Bash, Dress for Success Recycle the Runway and is the Co-Chair for the Red Cross ’Taste on the River’.  She is also currently involved with the Lead(h)er initiative as a mentor. 

Awards and Recognitions:

Project Business Hall of Fame - Junior Achievement (first female at Deere to receive this award)

Junior League - National Merit Award for Small League Growth and Development

Aurora Awards – Best of Show in both Corporate Identity/Image and Visitor Center Presentation for the “Linked to the Land” corporate film currently showing at the John Deere Pavilion

2018 Athena Award Recipient



Tuesday, 07/24/18 at 4:00pm - 7:00pm | iCal


The J Bar
4215 Elmore Avenue
Davenport, IA 52807 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Mary Jones
  Management Resource Group, LTD.
Tally Curry
  Benefit Staff
Hilary Spengler
Kristi Hestness
Emily White
Joelle McDermott
  Iowa Voc Rehab
Michael Rugger
Melissa DuBree
Beverly Curtis
Susan Woeckener
Janice Dolan
Stacey Cary
Rhonda Harksen
  Stanley Consultants
Kristen Ryan
... a total of 14 guests.
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