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Iowa Women Lead Change is bringing its signature leadership conference to the Quad-Cities next spring with a lineup of speakers that includes Tamron Hall, the host of Investigation Discovery's "Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall" and the former anchor for MSNBC and NBC's "Today" show.

Iowa Women Lead Change, or IWLC, announced that Hall will close the inaugural Quad-Cities Leadership Conference on March 29 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf. 

"Tamron Hall brings with her a strong message of women's empowerment," said Tiffany O'Donnell, IWLC's chief executive officer. "Her personal and professional journey will inspire many women and men looking to get to the next level of leadership." 

Talk about a case of good timing. Just as IWLC was sharing news of signing the award-winning journalist, "Today" show fans and others were discussing Hall as a possible replacement for the recently dismissed Matt Lauer, who has been accused of sexual improprieties aimed at women he worked with.

"There is a lot of excitement and fire already," said Deanna Woodall, IWLC's Quad-Cities Regional Manager.

Hall joins "The Glass Castle" author Jeannette Walls and women's leadership expert Jefferey Tobias Halter as the keynotes.

It is IWLC's first local conference  since a February merger of the Cedar Rapids-based IWLC and the Quad-Cities' Women's Connection. The Women's Conferences have drawn more than 17,000 people since they began in Siouxland, Dubuque and Central Iowa. This year, IWLC also is encouraging men to attend.

"Our mission isn't changing, we just know the conference needs to invite our male allies to the conversation," Woodall said.

Tickets for the conference, presented by Lexus of Quad-Cities, are available at

Thomopulos inducted by construction academy

Gregs Thomopulos, chairman emeritus of Muscatine-based Stanley Consultants, has been inducted into the 2017 class of the National Academy of Construction.

Thomopulos, who spent half a century with Stanley before retiring last summer, was one of 28 new inductees selected from more than 300 nominees.

The academy recognizes and honors industry leaders who have made distinguished contributions to the field and shared their expertise. "The new members of the National Academy of Construction, like those before them, have earned the high honor of Academy membership through stellar careers and contributions," said Wayne Crew, the academy's general secretary.

Thomopulos was noted as a champion of integrity and ethics in global infrastructure, a leader and mentor, and an outstanding contributor to engineering and society.

During his 51-year career, Thomopulos also had served as president of the International Federal of Consulting Engineers, the global association of consulting engineering firms in Geneva, Switzerland, and the chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies in Washington, D.C.

Metro's District station  earns LEED milestone

An emphasis on green construction has earned Metro's Rock Island District Station the construction industry's sustainability achievement.

The Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District, which runs Metro on the Illinois side, announced the station has achieved LEED Gold Status. Its green features included several sustainable elements such as a photovoltaic roof, occupancy-controlled lighting and a water feature that re-uses rooftop water runoff.

The station, which opened in January 2014, was part of a larger transit-oriented development block at 20th Street and 2nd Avenue that includes The Locks housing development. MetroLINK partnered with Rock Island Economic Growth Corp. and the City of Rock Island.

"The purposeful design and construction of District Station directly aligns with our strategic effects in maintaining and growing an eco-friendly transit system for Quad-Cities residents to enjoy," said Jennifer Garrity, MetroLINK's administration manager.

Erie radio station helps the troops

Vintage Radio, WQUD 105.5 in nearby Erie, Illinois, is hosting its second annual Slick Willy's Stuff for the Troops Drive.

Last year, the radio station collected more than 800 pounds of items to send to U.S. troops serving in the Middle East. The collection last year brought in toiletries, beef jerky, batteries, snacks, magazines and more to help hundreds of troops have a merrier Christmas away from home. 

The studios, at 910 Albany St., are collecting through Monday, so hurry in. For a complete list, visit WQUD 105.5 Vintage Radio's Facebook page. Monetary donations will help cover shipping.

Biz Bytes is a weekly column by Quad-City Times reporter Jennifer DeWitt. Contact her at 563-383-2318 or