Employers' Council of Iowa

Who We Are

Employers' Council of Iowa (ECI) is an advisory group, located in each Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) region, and offers no-cost membership open to all businesses in the community.  Its purpose is to guide IWD’s business focus, address topics of concern to employers, sponsor training initiatives, and assist IWD in meeting critical human resource needs.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Employers' Council of Iowa is to support the efforts of local employer committees to:

  • Advise IWD, legislators, and other officials concerning its products, services, and policies that affect employers; and
  • Provide opportunities for employers to exchange information and develop education programs for employers.

State Board Role

The ECI State Board's role includes the following:

  • Represent local ECI members within their respective regions at state meetings
  • Serve as resource contact in the region for ECI education and promotion
  • Maintain communication with IWD and local IowaWORKS Centers in the area to lend support, to improve services, and to exchange information and ideas
  • Maintain a high level of communication with local ECI Chairs and keep them informed about state and national issues relating to employers and IWD
  • Gather and disseminate information about the activities of local councils

2017-2020 Board of Directors


photo of Sondra Meyers

Sondra Meyers
HR Manager/Safety Manager
Katun Corporation
7300 N Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52806
Phone: 563-249-5921
Email: sondra.meyers@katun.com

Vice President:

Beck Jacobsen

Becky Jacobsen
HR Manager, PHR
Smithfield Foods
800 Industrial Drive
Denison, IA 51442
Phone: 712-263-7499
Email: bjacobsen@smithfield.com​


Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright
Director of Business and Community Outreach
Hawkeye Community College
1501 E. Orande Road
Waterloo, IA 50704
Phone: 319-296-2329 ext. 3012
Email: pamela.wright@hawkeyecollege.edu


Past President:

Karen Miller
Miller Design Group/Decorating Den Interiors
8520 New York Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone: 847-361-2326
Email: karenmiller@decoratingden.com