INSPIRED men events

INSPIRED men events provide an opportunity to learn and engage with men who care about the success of girls and women and who know they have an active role to play. Learn more about Chrysalis INSPIRED Men here

march 18, 2024  | 8:30-9:30 am | rsvp here

COFFEE WITH CHRYSALIS: What school children are struggling with and how to help

Jessica Wear, Westridge Elementary School counselor

Join us for a conversation with Western Hills Elementary School counselor, Jessica Wear as she shares insights on what is happening in the lives of school children. We'll learn about how we can help young girls work through the many challenges that boys typically don't face. The event is free and open to the public; we ask that you register. 

Event is free; registration is requested. RSVP here


march 29, 2024  | 7 pm  |  purchase your tickets here


Join the Chrysalis Inspired Men as they host a family friendly gathering with the Wolves in honor of Women's History Night! The Wolves will face the Austin Spurs, as they wear their custom-designed jerseys in honor of Women's History Night! Enjoy the game with your friends and family, the Chrysalis Foundation, and Chrysalis INSPIRED Men!

Purchase your tickets here

date TBA


a special night of music, food, and community with Chrysalis!

Watch for more details as the Chrysalis Inspired Men bring back this "OH-SO-POPULAR" family gathering

past events

june 29 2023 | 5:30-7 pm @ El Fogon on 8th in West Des Moines


a special night of music by Guitarras ATM and Alex Trevino, food, and community with Chrysalis!


We invite you and your family, friends, and co-workers to join us at El Fogon to support the girls and women in our community! Dine while enjoying the authentic Mexican music of Guitarras ATM and Alex Trevino. Enjoy a tableside serenade with your donation to Chrysalis. 

Make a contribution to Chrysalis or purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three prizes - tickets are $20 each, and you need not be present to enter or win. 100% of event proceeds support Chrysalis programs serving hundreds of girls each year.

  • PERSONAL FIESTA! - a 30-minute performance by Guitarras ATM and an authentic homemade Mexican meal for 8.
  • CAKES BY ALAINA - $100 gift certificate to spend on Alaina's amazing cakes or cookies for your next party or celebration. 
  • CHRYSALIS INSPIRED EVENT - Two (2) tickets to this important and inspirational luncheon featuring Rachael Denhollander, October 31, 2023, 11:30am-1pm at the Sheraton West Des Moines.


The Chrysalis Summer Celebration is presented by Inspired Men -- a Chrysalis initiative to engage men in our work to ensure girls and women have every opportunity for a successful future. Chrysalis Inspired Men host opportunities to support and advocate for girls and women in our community. Learn more here

april 14 2023  | 8-9 am 


Ben Barry, Chrysalis After-School program facilitator and Carlisle Middle School counselor 

Join us in a discussion about the importance of men as role models for girls, and learn simple actions you can take to make a difference in the life of a girl. Ben Barry will share his experience as a Chrysalis After-School program facilitator and as a counselor at Carlisle Middle School.

More About Ben Barry: Ben is completing his 15th year as a middle school counselor at Carlisle Middle School. He began his educational career teaching high school science after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa. In 2009, Ben moved into the School Counselor role after earning a Master of Secondary School Counseling at Drake University. Every day Ben works with students to help them navigate life's challenges, gain resilience, and prepare for the future. 

Ben has been leading Chrysalis After-School program girls groups for six years and enjoys the role immensely, noting that to see the growth in each group of girls is awe-inspiring. He is always excited to share the power and positivity of the Chrysalis mission with others.  Ben and his wife of 20 years have five children who currently go to school in five different buildings. Outside of school, the family navigates 12-15 sports practices and events each week - Ben's life is never dull!