Everyone at Work isn’t a work-shop, it’s a learn-shop. It’s a chance to learn about Design Thinking – a problem-solving tool that will help you think creatively and build cool new things.

We believe that everyone should have the skills to get decent jobs – and that includes you! Come meet other Deaf Midwesterners, and explore the exciting jobs that are available now across Iowa. Have a fun time at the Iowa State Fair, build an exciting new product, and show it off to companies that want to hire you.

The first Everyone at Work event will focus on the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, and will be presented in American Sign Language and English. Participants must be deaf or hard-of-hearing and at least 16 years old.

Coming to Drake University in Des Moines, August 13-15, 2019.

Learn More: Teaching Team, Schedule of Events, Where to Stay

Generously Sponsored By

Teaching Team

We’re looking forward to learning together.

Kyle Duarte


Kyle studied Design Thinking at Stanford University. He focuses his work on empowering Deaf communities around the world. Kyle loves traveling and knows English, ASL, French, and Spanish.

Sean Maiwald


Sean is a Deaf entrepreneur who teaches entrepreneurship at Gallaudet University. He loves helping young people bring new ideas to market, and runs a company that helps keep dorm fridges and microwaves out of landfills.

Schedule of Events

A three-day workshop especially for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing workers from Iowa and surrounding states (Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin).

Tue, Aug 13

3 – 9 pm | Iowa State Fair
Spend the evening at the Iowa State Fair. This will be a fun time to meet other Deaf and hard-of-hearing job-seekers and to learn about the industries that we have in Iowa.

Wed, Aug 14

8:30 am – 4:30 pm | Design Thinking Workshop
A day-long workshop where you’ll learn to think creatively and build something new. We’ll guide you step-by-step through the process.

Thu, Aug 15

8:30 am – 12:30 pm | Career Fair
Show off what you’ve learned to real companies who want to hire talented employees. Get a professional headshot, and even interview on the spot. These Iowa companies have committed to providing a welcoming environment to Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.

Participating Organizations:
Alliant Energy • CDS Global • FedEx Ground • Hy-Vee • IBM • Iowa State University • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services • Iowa Workforce Development • Irlmeier Construction • MidAmerican Energy • Mosaic • TPI Composites

Where to Stay

Two convenient and affordable options.

Holiday Inn Express Des Moines at Drake University front entrance

Holiday Inn Express Des Moines at Drake University
1140 24th St, Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 255-4000
$99 per night – mention “Deaf Workshop”
Book by Thursday, August 1, 2019

Dorm room with open closet, flag on the wall, and lofted bed

Dorms at Drake University
2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
$25-40 per night + $15 for linens
Bookings are now closed

Travel Aid

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) can help deaf and hard-of-hearing Iowans pay for travel costs.
Other states’s VR services may also be able to support attendance. Contact your VR counselor to see if you qualify.

Register to Attend

Spaces are limited – register today!