Get to know NASW IA Chapter member Meg McKeon


What led you to run for the NASW Iowa Chapter Board?

The profession is only as strong as its members and their involvement in their professional organization therefore I have always been active in NASW. This is my second time on the NASW-IA board representing the NW branch and advocating for policies, programs, and recognition of the important role we play in rural Iowa.


How did you decide to go to social work school?

While working in a non-profit organization serving adult with serious mental illness, my supervisor encouraged me to get my MSW. She provided guidance and support as I worked full-time and went to school full-time. It change my life and led to many great experiences.


If you could give one piece of advice to new social workers, what would it be?

Remember to:

Admit that you don’t know something and ask for help.

Accept and admit when you are wrong and say I am sorry.

Always show care, compassion for clients and colleagues.


What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long week?

Spend time in nature: hiking, exploring, bird watching and nature photography.


If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you wish for? 

-For all people to be accepted, respected and equal rights.

-The end of hatred, oppression, and violence.

-For more people to take a stand against social injustice.