Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the P.E.O. Executive Office is NOT providing walk-in tours until further notice. We apologize for this inconvenience and invite you to stop back and visit us at a later time. Employees are available via email and phone to assit you. The main phone lines are open.
P.E.O. International's headquarters are located at 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.
These headquarters, known as the P.E.O. Executive Office, also include the Centennial Conference Center and are home to the offices for the staff members of the organization, historic archives and meeting space for local chapters.
The P.E.O. Executive Office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
One of the first things you will notice when you visit the Executive Office is the large, circular sculpture at the front of the building. This abstract piece was designed with elements that represent our Sisterhood – encompassing the past, present and future of our mission. Eight open concentric circles are nested together to create one unified structure and are etched with the words Faith, Love, Purity, Justice and Truth – the P.E.O. virtues. Seven of the rings were designed to represent each one of our seven Founders; the eighth blue ring symbolizes each individual P.E.O. and her importance to and impact on the Sisterhood. The circular pieces are intentionally unclosed to indicate P.E.O.’s openness to the future as we pursue our mission of educating women all over the world.
The piece was created by Tom Stancliffe, the son of a long-time member of P.E.O. Originally from the Chicago area, Tom is a sculptor who lives and works in rural Iowa. He has created more than 30 commissioned works of public art for collections all over the United States and is a professor of art at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.