Members Making a Mark

Featured Member: Denise Forney, UnityPoint Health Des Moines


Denise Forney is an Organizational Development and HR Business Partner for UnityPoint Health Des Moines hospitals.  Denise has over twenty-five years of progressive management and training expertise, and has served in several training, leadership and creative capacities, including being an executive administrative manager, a childcare director, a guitar instructor, musical performer, and a master facilitator.  She is often referred to as an "edu-tainer."

Denise holds a Bachelor Degree in Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Science Degree in Adult Education, Training and Development from Drake University.

She is proud to have presented at both local central Iowa ATD events and ATD International Conferences and the Healthcare Summit.   Denise was previously recognized by Central Iowa ATD with:

  • Excellence in Coaching – for work accomplished with Waukee APEX students and projects organized throughout UnityPoint Health hospital systems
  • Integrated Talent Management – for initiating a new “Rediscovery” program that helped reinvigorate new career opportunities at the hospital for individuals that were nearing retirement age
  • Excellence in Community Impact – for partnership and training programs in the Pocahontas community in western Iowa Health System
  • Training as a Business Strategy – for the implementation of Tiger Teams that provided worldwide training across the globe

In addition to her training talents in the classroom, Denise is an accomplished guitarist, and singer/songwriter.  She lives in West Des Moines with her husband, John and three teenage children: Rachel, Kaitlyn and Jacob.  She has released several musical CDs with her family and enjoys performing regularly in our community.


What is Members Making a Mark?

ATD Central Iowa is excited to have Members Making a Mark, a recognition exclusively open for our membership.

The recognition is designed to highlight talent development professionals from the Central Iowa chapter of ATD for their professional accomplishments and community engagement. A new Member Making a Mark will be announced monthly. You can submit a Member on the Mark-worthy accomplishment at any time through-out the year. This could be your own accomplishment or one of another member.

What is a Member Making a Mark-worthy accomplishment?

Anything you are proud of...from a killer new training program implemented at your work, to graduating with your Masters, acquiring a new designation, receiving a promotion, or any other awesome achievement.

How do I apply?

We have a form online for you to fill out with instructions. You can find this form here.

Where will the Monthly Member Making a Mark be communicated?

A dedicated monthly social media post, this page, and in our month At a Glance email.


Members' Making a Mark recognition should not be used to promote a product, paid service or for bulk commercial, public or political affiliations.

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