VP of Meetings and Events

Kelly Sparks

Kelly Sparks has partnered closely with DMS as owner of Socialize Event Planning & Management, which she founded in 2010 after spending six years planning events for both non-profit and corporate companies. Socialize and DMS have now combined efforts and Kelly heads up the Meetings & Events division of DMS.  Her expertise in event logistics and attention to detail have benefited clients such as Community Bankers of Iowa, Winefest, Des Moines Performing Arts and the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens.

Kelly is an active volunteer for the Des Moines Metro Opera and has served on the boards for the Young Professionals Connection, the Social Media Club of Des Moines, and the Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women. She is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and was recognized in the Business Record’s 40 Under Forty for 2017.


Moville, IA

What I enjoy about my job

I have been fortunate to find myself involved in events that enrich Des Moines. It is important to me that my work makes those events something that others can enjoy. More recently, I am also driven to instill in my children the importance of taking an active role in improving their community.