Governor's Luncheon for Scouting

The 8th Annual Governor's Luncheon for Scouting

The Governor's Luncheon for Scouting is the only event of its size and scope in the country, where Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts work with the Governor to support programs for our future leaders. Hundreds of business and civic leaders, along with Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, are expected to attend and help financially support these organizations. The goal for this year's Governor's Luncheon for Scouting is to raise $200,000 for youth leadership development.


Thank you for attending the 8th annual Governor's Luncheon for Scouting! Please check back later this year for information on next year's event. We hope to see you there!



Keynote Speaker

Jennie Baranczyk
Drake Women’s Basketball Coach

Jennie Baranczyk, former University of Iowa standout and Des Moines native, was named the head women’s basketball coach at Drake University in April of 2012. Baranczyk came to Drake after a two-year stint as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Colorado, where she was on the staff of head coach Linda Lappe, a former Drake assistant coach. Prior to Colorado, Baranczyk was an assistant coach for four seasons at Marquette after two seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State.

Baranczyk and her program are actively involved in the Des Moines community. In 2013-14 the program reached its goal of completing 1,000 community service hours in the Drake and Des Moines communities. Baranczyk also sits on the board for the Young Women’s Resource Center in Des Moines.

Jennie and her husband, Scott, have two young children, son, Eli, and a daughter, Jordi.


Event Chair

Daniel J. Houston
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Principal Financial Group®

Daniel J. Houston is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Principal Financial Group®. He is responsible for overall management of the company. Houston joined Principal® in 1984 in Dallas. He has held several management positions, being named senior vice president in 2000, executive vice president in 2006 and president of Retirement and Income Solutions in 2008. He was named president and chief operating officer in 2014 before assuming his current role in 2015.

Houston is a member of several boards, including Greater Des Moines Partnership, Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI), American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), Iowa State University Business School Dean’s Advisory Council, Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and Reaching Higher Iowa.

Houston received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1984. He has appeared before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging to discuss the importance of educating the workforce about the financial needs in retirement. Houston joined the joint forum of U.S. Senate Committees on Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to discuss “Private-Sector Retirement Savings Plans: What Does the Future Hold?”  He also authored a chapter in “The Upside of Aging” published by John Wiley & Sons in 2014, on the keys to achieving financial security in retirement.



More than 40,000 youth learn critical leadership skills through Scouting each year.

Communities in 67 Iowa counties are served by the service projects led by Scouts.

More than 10,000 adult volunteer leaders serve as mentors, guides and leaders.

Over 1,700 acres of wilderness preserve are maintained by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in six camps.

Through Scouting, boys and girls develop leadership and character.

Both organizations believe in the power of working together for today's youth and tomorrow's leaders.

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