Diversity Matters

Engage, Empower, Act! A Cedar Valley Conference on Economic Inclusion Schedule

Friday, October 12 2018

Diamond Event Center, 5307 Caraway Lane, Cedar Falls, Iowa 


7:00 A.M. Registration & Continental Breakfast

7:30 A.M. – 7:40 A.M. Welcoming Remarks - President Mark Nook - UNI President, Cary Darrah - CEO, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber

7:40 A.M. - 7:45 A.M.  Mayor Brown and Mayor Hart give introductory remarks

7:45 A.M. – 8:45 A.M. Leadership Panel “After We Broke the Ice”

This session will focus on the steps, changes and challenges of the organization after their employees and leadership were exposed to “Breaking Ice.” Breaking Ice is a customized theater professional experience designed for organizations and business to help with difficult issues both interpersonal and institutional. 

Moderated by Sharina Sallis (Community Relations Manager, CUNA Mutual Group)

Panel speakers: Jim Denholm (Director HR Operations CUNA Mutual Group)

                       Linda Allen (President, Hawkeye Community College)

                        Sara Laures (Senior Vice President, People & Strategy, VGM Group, Inc.)

8:45 A.M. – 8:55 A.M. Break

8:55 A.M. – 10:05 A.M. Keynote: Dr. Nika White   “The Impact of Economic Inclusion on Education, Business & the Community”

10:05 A.M.- 10:35 A.M. Discussion and Q&A with Dr. Nika White

10:35 A.M. – 10:50 A.M. Transition to Session 1 

10:50 A.M.- 11:35 A.M Session 1

  1. Cultivating Deep Connections and Other Strategies to Recruit and Retain Diverse Staff - Kingsley Botchway II, Chief Officer of Human Resources & Equity, Waterloo Community Schools (Education Track)

  2. Inclusion: Where do I start, a Business’ perspective - Kyle Roed Human Resources Director, CPM Holdings (Business Connection)

  3. Everyone Has a Story- Courtney Maxwell Greene, Communications Director, Alzheimer's Association, Iowa Chapter (Community Impact)

11:35 A.M.- 11:45 A.M. Transition to Session 2

11:45 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Session 2

  1. Take back the Story Panel - A.C.T.I.O.N., UNI (Education Track)

  2. "Understanding the Implicit Bias on the D and I Journey"- Sailu Timbo, Director Of Diversity, Hy-Vee, Inc. (Business Connection)

  3. Economic Inclusion Through Opportunity Dubuque - Liang Wee, Ph.D., President and Dr. Wendy Mihm-Herold, Vice President of Business and Community Solutions, Northeast Iowa Community College (Community Impact)

12:30 P.M.- 12:45 P.M. Transition to Closing Remarks

12:45 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. Closing Remarks - Gwenne Berry, UNI Chief Diversity Officer and Task Force

1:00 P.M. Conference Ends 




Premium Sponsor:

University of Iowa Credit Union

Platinum Sponsors:

  Diamond Event CenterVeridian Credit UnionTable 1912


Gold Sponsors:

Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association  |   Courier Communications 
Covenant Medical Center  |   CUNA Mutual  |   KWWL

Engage, Empower, Act Task Force: 

University of Northern Iowa  /Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber Cedar Falls Human Rights Commission   

IowaWorks logo City of Waterloo Infiniti Enterprises logo

  The VGM GroupLegacy Branding and Events  CVP logo