Diversity Matters

Session Descriptions

Business Connections:

The demographics in the workplace are changing, in a global economy, a diverse workforce is essential to remain competitive. Transform your workplace into an inclusive environment, where individuals are valued for their talents and empowered to reach their fullest potential. Explore successful diversity and inclusion practices and strategies for your employees and organizations.

The following sample titles will benefit from this track:
Chief Diversity Officer
VP/Director/Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
VP/Director/Manager Talent Management
VP/Director Talent Acquisition/Recruiting
VP/Director/Manager HR

Understanding the Implicit Bias on the D and I Journey

Sailu Timbo, Director Of Diversity at Hy-Vee, Inc.

Discussion on how our personal biases can have impact on our hiring practices, workforce, culture and ultimately our customer base.

Inclusion: Where do I start, a Business’ perspective

Presenter: Kyle D. Roed, PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Director

As the war for talent heats up, the organizations who win will have the best people practices.  Come learn about specific practices utilized in the Cedar Valley to set organizations apart.  Simple steps by an organization can pay big dividends to organizational culture and results.  Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce requires inclusive practices, and a new way of doing business.  Come learn about how to set your organization apart, and create an opportunity to find the best talent. 

Intended audience:  Human Resources Professionals, Business and Organization Leaders, Business and Human Resources Students, Volunteer leaders, and anybody frustrated with not finding enough talented employees.  

Community Impact:

Understand how social conditioning can lead to internalized expectations of dominance and unconscious ways to maintain positions of privilege. Explore how we arrive at a place of awareness, the stages we might go through once we are there, and how we actively engage in continuing on the path of activism as allies for social change. Engaged inclusivity transforms the dialogue on inclusion from general acceptance and tolerance of difference to active institutional transformation, based on the belief that the richness of our culture is because of our diversity and a recognition of our common humanity.

The following sample titles will benefit from this track:
Chief Diversity Officer
Community Stakeholder
Human Rights Commissioner

Everyone has a Story

Courtney Maxwell Greene, Communications Director, Alzheimer's Association, Iowa Chapter

As a television reporter for 15 years, I learned that behind every story are complex human beings who have their own thoughts, experiences, successes, failures and perspective. Life is not always fair, and for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. How we treat one another and how we think about ourselves can profoundly affect our sense of community and belonging in the home, the workplace, in school and in our communities. It's important to see people for who they are to understand what motivates them. Everyone has a story, if we bother to take the time to listen and learn.

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Economic Inclusion Through Opportunity Dubuque

Dr. Liang Chee Wee, President, Northeast Iowa Community College

Dr. Wendy Mihm-Herold, Vice President of Business and Community Solutions, Northeast Iowa Community College

Opportunity Dubuque, formed in 2012, is a nationally-recognized, collaborative job training effort developed in response to local employers’ needs for a skilled workforce. Through this initiative, a diversity of individuals complete industry-driven certifications to upgrade their skills or launch their careers.  A win-win for students and employers, Opportunity Dubuque builds career pathways for students to enter the workforce and continue their education and training, while filling employers’ demand for talent in high-wage, high-demand careers.  Opportunity Dubuque Partners include Greater Dubuque Development, Northeast Iowa Community College, IowaWorks, East Central Intergovernmental Association, Dubuque Community School District, and Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque/Project HOPE.

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Education (K-12, Post Secondary):

Examine what it means to work towards a campus environment where inclusivity thrives through constant reflection, analysis, and accountability. This track provides a forum for educators, students, and community stakeholders to raise critical questions about institutional and external practices, policies, and structures that hinder full inclusion and to identify strategies for improving the educational environment for all participants.

The following sample titles will benefit from this track:
Chief Diversity Officer
VP/Director/Manager HR
Community Stakeholders
Human Rights Commissioner

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Cultivating Deep Connections and Other Strategies to Recruit and Retain Diverse Staff

Kingsley Botchway II

This session will discuss the importance of developing a framework for building diversity and inclusion initiatives within your organization. Participants will learn how to define key metrics for diversity and inclusion efforts and gain stakeholder support among students and staff to create by in and accountability. This will be an interactive discussion where participants will be invited to develop concrete steps beyond diversity training.

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Take back the Story Panel

Members: Sashay Carroll, Jameka Mosley, Cierra Robinson, Anna Patch, Syntesha Burt, and Jewels Howard
During the take back the story panel participants will engage with the stories of students on campus. We will play diversity bingo to allow members of the audiences to interact and get to know each other. Each panelist will introduce themselves and provide identities they identify with. Members of the audience will put questions pertaining to the experiences of the panelists and their identity in a jar, and presenters will take turns answering questions.

During the panel we use storytelling as a way to give the audience insight into our experiences as students. Panelists will also ask members of the audience questions about their beliefs on diversity and inclusion, and inform the audience of how can assist persons apart of marginalized groups in gaining a sense of belonging in the Cedar Valley.

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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