Diversity & Inclusion
The Cedar Valley Diversity and Inclusion initiative is designed to strengthen the Cedar Valley through promoting diversity, full inclusion, and cultural competencies in business, and to focus on the importance, impact and benefits to business of effective diversity and inclusion practices. The committee consists of members from The Cedar Valley business community who are dedicated to uncovering and realizing opportunities that promote the business case and the impact of diversity and inclusion in the Cedar Valley. The committee implements a variety of initiatives designed to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, such as diversity-focused publications, special events and educational seminars.
Individuals interested in serving on the Cedar Valley Inclusion and Diversity committee must be employed by a member of The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber. In addition, we ask that interested people:
- Have an interest in diversity/inclusion efforts
- Be capable of influencing their company’s policies and/or business efforts
- Understand business needs relevant to recruitment and retention
- Be committed to regular attendance at monthly meetings and committee events
- Committee meetings are usually held the third Thursday of each month at noon
If you would like to make an impact on the diverse workforces in The Cedar Valley of Iowa, and meet the above criteria, please contact us.
Cedar Valley Diversity & Inclusion Partnership Award
As part of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber Annual Celebration, recognition will be given for outstanding contribution by a business or organization for leadership in creating and strengthening an environment of diversity and inclusion in the workplace culture, business practices and in the community.
The application is a great score card to use in evaluating your company's Diversity & Inclusion practices. Please contact the Alliance & Chamber if you intend to participate.
Next awards to be presented at the 2014 Annual Celebration, March 27, 2014 at the Park Place Event Center, Cedar Falls
2014 Award Winners - View Videos Here
Cedar Valley Diversity & Inclusion Multicultural Receptions
Multicultural Receptions are held twice each year. Please visit our event calendar.
Cedar Valley Diversity & Inclusion Partnership Summit
This initiative is designed to strengthen the Cedar Valley economic region by promoting diversity, full inclusion, and cultural competencies in business. The partnership includes a program of events and a publication. The Diversity and Inclusion Summit event provides attendees with a concentrated and focused experience with multiple activities to include a keynote speaker, awards luncheon, authoritative workshop panel discussions and a stimulating multi-cultural mixer. The long-term impact of this summit will help make embracing diversity a hallmark of the Cedar Valley. The event takes place in the fall. The next summit is September 26, 2014. Click here to register. Click here to view the fall 2014 Summit poster.
2014 Summit Presenters
4.50 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Keynote: Armers Moncure- Unconscious Bias (read more)
Featured Speaker: Deanna Kosaraju- How to Create and Sustain a High Performing Team Through Diversification
- Effective Workplace Communication in a Pluralistic Society- Karris Golden
- Diversity and the Impact on Your Organization- Quentin Hart
Keynote Topic: Identifying Unconscious Bias in the Work Place
Buried deep within our subconscious mind, all of us harbor biases that we consciously reject. These are not harmless thoughts that pop up periodically and get overruled by our reason. We act on these thoughts, often unwittingly. We all have bias that is beyond the reach of our normal range of awareness. This is unconscious or hidden bias.
People can be consciously committed to egalitarianism, and deliberately work to behave without prejudice, yet still possess hidden negative prejudices or stereotypes. When encountering a person for the first time, our brains automatically make note of detectable human differences. But, if we are hardwired to discriminate, are we doomed? The answer is a resounding no.
Objective- To show how the mind works, challenge the idea that all bias is bad, and examine a process to systematically anticipate, recognize, and respond to the varying expectations of clients, customers, and co-workers of diverse backgrounds.
- An understanding of the dynamics of hidden or unconscious perceptions, and how it can show up in daily activities & reinforce stereotypes
- Show how unconscious bias impacts talents management and inclusion within the workplace
- Learn a few ways to mitigate the impact of unconscious bias
Featured Topic: How to Create and Sustain a High Performing Team through Diversification
According to recent studies on this topic, to achieve High Performance, a team needs diversity, in skill-sets and backgrounds as well as the orientation of its team members.
This presentation will look at how diversity in an organization can increase innovation and enhance productivity, resulting in higher sales and profits. Creating a plan for the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse employees, while eliminating unconscious bias and stereotype threat, will shift an organization from a stifling culture to one where ideas and innovation thrive.
We will look at:
How do you measure an existing work force for diversity?
How do you increase your pool of candidates for better representation?
What can be done through the recruitment, retention and advancement process to eliminate unconscious bias and stereotype threat?
How do we align diversification through the process of building High Performing Teams?
Also included will be the challenges of geographically dispersed teams, resolving team conflict and measuring performance. A branded handout with further resources will be given to attendees if requested
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
2013-2014 Diversity Inclusion Committee
|Jean Trainor||Veridian Credit Union|
|Linda Allen||Hawkeye Community College|
|Andrea Barker||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Iowa|
|Mary-Sue Bartlett||University of Northern Iowa|
|Stacey Bentley||Community National Bank|
|Dave Braton||Courier Communications|
|Suzanne Burt||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Iowa|
|Bryan Burton||Healthway Blue Zones|
|Renee Christoffer||Veridian Credit Union|
|Jerald Clyde||Black Hawk County|
|Nicole Cook||John Deere Waterloo Works|
|Priscilla Culp||Black Hawk County|
|Cary Darrah||Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber|
|Janelle Darst||Cedar Falls Community School District|
|Pam Delagardelle||UnityPoint Health, Allen Hospital|
|Tina Douglas||KBBG Radio|
|Jack Dusenbery||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Iowa|
|Steve Dust||Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber|
|Amy Eastman||Viking Pump|
|Will Frost||Highway 63 CDC|
|Gloria Gibson||University of Northern Iowa|
|Lori Hoffman||Cedar Valley Society of Human Resource Management|
|Andrea Holst||John Deere Waterloo Operations|
|Wendy Knapp||Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber|
|Gerald Kummerow||Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.|
|Danny Laudick||Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber|
|Deborah Loers||Wartburg College|
|DyAnn Longseth||Veridian Credit Union|
|Mary Phillips||CBE Companies, Inc.|
|Kalola Roby||Veridian Credit Union|
|Ami Rosen||Veridian Credit Union|
|Sharina C. Sallis||CUNA Mutual Group|
|Josh Schmidt||Viking Pump|
|Steve Sesterhenn||UnityPoint Health|
|Mikki Strelow||Principal Financial Group|
|Sailu Timbo||HyVee Food Store|
|Gwen Timmerman||Tyson Fresh Meats|
|Angela Weekley||Veridian Credit Union|
|Morgan Wortham||Envision Community Solutions|
|ReShonda Young||Popcorn Heaven|