Mansfield Symposium

Arabella (Belle) Babb Mansfield graduated from Iowa Wesleyan University in 1866. The following year she began studying law with her brother at his law office in Mount Pleasant, and in 1869 Belle sat for the bar exam and became the first woman licensed to practice law in the United States. Belle never practiced law in the traditional sense. Instead, she enjoyed a long and successful career as an educator, public orator, world traveler, art historian and journalist.

The Belle Babb Mansfield Symposium pays homage to her legacy of achievement and the impact of women in Iowa Wesleyan’s past, present and future.

2018 Mansfield Symposium- Thursday, April 12


Featured Speaker:  Krysta Harden

  • Former deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • External Affairs Leader and Chief Sustainability Officer,
  • Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDupontTM

Complete speaker bio: Krysta Harden Bio

2018 Mansfield Symposium Events:

11:00 a.m. – Student-Led Conversation with Krysta Harden- Social Hall, John  Wesley Holland Student Union

Join us for a student-led conversation with guest speaker Krysta Harden, Darby Massner ’18, and fellow students.

5:30 p.m.- An Evening with Belle- Social Hall, John Wesley Holland Student Union

An event in support of the Mansfield Endowment
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner & Program

Program Highlights:

Keynote Address: Krysta Harden , “THE RELEVANCE OF BEING RURAL”
Presentation of the 2018 Mansfield Award

Dinner Sponsorship Levels:


  • One dinner ticket
  • Support for one studentto attend the dinner

SCHOLAR ($250)

  • Two dinner tickets
  • Support for one studentto attend the dinner


  • Four dinner tickets
  • Support for one studentto attend the dinner

PIONEER ($1,000)

  • Eight dinner tickets
  • Support for one studentto attend the dinner

Tickets for the dinner and sponsorships may be purchased via the form below or by calling 319.385.6246 by Wednesday, April 4.

Unable to attend? Please consider making a contribution in support of a student and the Mansfield Endowment by clicking here: Mansfield Endowment