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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.

Terms and Nomination Application available here.

Inclusion Award Nominations

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

Allen College/Unity Point

Veridian Credit Union


Cedar Valley Diversity & Inclusion Multicultural Receptions

Multicultural Receptions are held twice each year. Please visit our event calendar

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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

Breakout Sessions

  1. Effective Workplace Communication in a Pluralistic Society- Karris Golden
  2. 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.

Key Takeaways:

  • 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


Resource Links


View Cedar Valley Inclusion Magazine

                  2014 Spring Magazine
                  2013 Magazine
                  2012 Magazine
                  2011 Magazine  



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
Kathy Joblinske Manpower
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


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