District 11 Women of Steel Leadership Development Course


We will be holding a Women of Steel Leadership Development Course in Des Moines, Iowa on August 6-9, 2019. This is a comprehensive course aimed at helping union sisters develop communication skills, build self-confidence, understand the way the union works, and learn leadership skills and strategies. 

We are inviting all interested union sisters, currently active members, and members who are not currently active, but exhibit the potential and/or desire to become active to participate in a WOS Course. To ensure maximum participation we ask that you publicize this course among all the sisters in your respective local [units] and encourage their participation. Our facilitators for the course are women who have participated in the Women of Steel Facilitator Training Course mandated by the International Union. 



Tues., August 6; 8 a.m.-9 a.m. 


Tues., August 6-Thurs., August 8; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (one hour for lunch – lunch will be provided each day) 
Fri., August 9 – 9 a.m.-noon (box lunch to go will be provided) 


USW Local 310L
125 NW Broadway Avenue 
Des Moines, IA 50313 


A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at a rate of $103.95 per night plus tax. You will be responsible for making your own room reservations. To receive the special room rate, please ask for the “United Steelworkers” room block. The cut-off date for reservations is July 22, 2019. 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 
8789 Plum Drive 
Urbandale, IA 50322 
Phone: (515) 278-9000 

For the most effective training sessions, we like the total number of participants to be between 18 and 24 and be represented by at least four local unions or units. The class will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


There will be a $50 registration fee for this course. The enclosed registration form should be completed by each participant and returned along with registration fee no later than July 16, 2019 to:

Cathy Drummond
United Steelworkers
415 Jones Street
Eveleth, MN 55734.

As is customary, it will be the responsibility of the local union to pay any lost time and/or expenses. 

I am looking forward to the continued success of our Women of Steel Leadership Course in District 11 and hope that all of the locals that wish to participate will have the opportunity to do so. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cathy Drummond at (218) 744-2757. 

Click here to download the call letter as a PDF.