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

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!


Come out to El Fogon with your family, friends, or co-workers and make a difference in the life of girls and women in our community! While you're dining, you'll be treated to the musical talents of Guitarras ATM and Alex Trevino. You can even purchase a personal serenade at your tableside.

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. Learn more here
  • CAKES BY ALAINA - $100 gift certificate to spend on Alaina's amazing cakes or cookies for your next party or celebration. Learn more here
  • 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. 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!