calling all men

we need your help!

Chrysalis knows for girls and women to be successful, boys and men need to be part of the solution. That's why Chrysalis is creating INSPIRED Men, a new initiative to engage men in ensuring that girls and women have every opportunity for their future.

Join us as we create a network of men who know that for girls and women to succeed, they have a role to play. You will help plan and create opportunities to learn, support, and advocate for the girls and women in our community.

Join INSPIRED Men and support girls and women!

past events

thursday, june 27, 2024  |  5:30-7pm |  el guacamole patio & cantina in waukee


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


We invite you and your family, friends, and co-workers to join us at El Guacamole Patio & Cantina (newly opened restaurant in Waukee by Blanca Plasencia) to support the girls and women in our community! Dine while enjoying the authentic Mexican music of Guitarras ATM. 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.


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


march 29, 2024  | 7 pm  


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!

march 18, 2024  | 8:30-9:30 am 

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. 


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!