KEY in Des Moines stands for Keeping Educated Youth in Des Moines. It is a program connecting employers with area colleges and universities for workforce attraction. Every other month the group hosts free educational sessions. KEY in Des Moines is a division of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce.
Jennie Baranczyk, Drake Head Women's Basketball Coach will be speaking on Empowering Authentic Leadership.
|Des Moines native Jennie Baranczyk has built a culture of excellence in leading the Drake University women?s basketball program to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference and among the nation's best. Under Baranczyk, who was named the sixth head women's basketball coach at Drake University in April, 2012, the Bulldogs have won three-straight MVC titles and advanced to NCAA Tournaments in each of those seasons.
In addition to the success on the court, the program has ranked in the top 10 nationally in team grade point average each of the past five seasons and performed 1,000 or more community service hours in the Drake and Des Moines communities every school year since Baranczyk became head coach.
Baranczyk won back-to-back MVC Coach of the Year awards after her team?s historic 2017-18 and 2016-17 seasons. Each team went 18-0 in regular season conference play and then won the MVC Tournament. in Moline,
Under her leadership, student-athletes have accomplished numerous individual successes on the court and in the classroom. Three student-athletes have been named the Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year four times. In addition to four MVC Player of the Year honorees, there have been 22 all-conference selections, including a league-high 16 first team choices and a league-best 34 MVC Player of the Week winners during her tenure.
Baranczyk's teams have been highly successful in the classroom during her tenure at Drake, starting in 2013-14 as each of her teams earned prestigious accolades from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association with the Top 25 Team Honor Roll. Drake has ranked in the top 10 for the prestigious WBCA team academic honor in five straight seasons under Baranczyk.
On a national level, Baranczyk served as an assistant coach at the 2017 USA Basketball Under 19 Team trials. Baranczyk has been a featured speaker at USA Basketball Coaches clinics held throughout the country.
Baranczyk and her program are actively involved in the Des Moines community. Starting in 2013-14, the program has reached its goal of completing 1,000 community service hours in the Drake and Des Moines communities over the course of the academic year. Baranczyk previously was a member of the board for the Young Women's Resource Center in Des Moines. She was honored by the Business Record in June, 2017 by being named a 2017 Women of Influence honoree. The award celebrates the work of women who have made a difference.
Jennie and her husband, Scott, have one son, Eli, and two daughters, Jordi and Hope.