February 21, 2016 - 2:00pm
Prairie Lights

Phil Latessa will read from and talk about Surviving Vodka Toasts and Rampaging Elephants: A Journey to Life’s Purpose.  More than just a travelogue, the book tells the stories of twenty years of international experiences Latessa had working with volunteer physicians, nurses, educators and administrators; and how working with people from different cultures, races and religions gave him insights about tolerance, respect, careful planning and the importance of listening before talking.

Latessa is former Vice President of the Iowa Hospital Association, Director of Program Evaluation at the Iowa Regional Medical Program, and Executive Director of Iowa Sister States, which manages Iowa's official relationships in nine countries. Now retired, he volunteers as Executive Director of Empower Tanzania Inc. He lives in Urbandale, Iowa.

"Phil Latessa's work has improved the lives of thousands around the world and inspired many volunteers to give their time. His story is unique.” —Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone