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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.  Click here to fill out the award application form.

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 2015 Annual Celebration, March 26, 2015
at the Park Place Event Centre.
For more information about the Diversity & Inclusion awards, click here.



Multicultural Receptions are held twice each year. For more information, click here.

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

2014 Fall | Winter 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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