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Awards & Events

Inclusion Awards

The Inclusion Awards are awarded by the Greater Des Moines Partnership to honor employers who have championed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at their businesses and organizations and in the community. To qualify for the Inclusion Awards, organizations must be a regional Member or Investor of The Partnership. 

  • Small (1 – 150 employees) 
  • Medium (151 – 500 employees) 
  • Large (More than 500 employees) 
  • Nonprofits 
  • Public Entities 

Registration is open for the 2023 Inclusion Awards. Learn more and apply here.

2022 Inclusion Award Winners

Principal Financial Group, Large Organization Category (more than 500 employees) 


ARAG Legal Insurance, Medium Organization Category (151–500 employees)  


Business Publications Corporation, Small Organization Category (1–150 employees) 


Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, Non-Profit Category


Polk County, Public Entity Category


Equity Innovation Award: Athene and West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce for the Black & Brown Business Summit  


Learn more about previous Inclusion Award winners.

Untapped Talent 2020 Series

The Untapped Talent 2020 Series provides an in-depth exploration about each of the untapped talent groups and how they can be key to meeting your workforce needs. More event details to come. 

African Americans

Untapped Talent: African Americans featured panelists Will Holmes, Dennis Henderson, Negus Snakofa Imhotep and Nancy Richardson. Watch the webinar here.


Untapped Talent: LGBTQ+ featured panelists Shea Daniels, Courtney Reyes and Sonia Reyes-Snyder. Watch the webinar here.

Persons with Disability

Untapped Talent: Disabilities featured speakers Kyle Horn and Michelle Krefft.


Untapped Talent: Veterans featured panelists Jathan Chicoine, Lieutenant Colonel Philip Turner, Becky Coady and Scott Silvay.

Multicultural Receptions

The Partnership's Multicultural Receptions are special hallmark events for the organization. The receptions began in 2003 as a way to connect new Iowans to the community through a local, inclusive networking event. These receptions offer a unique opportunity to connect with community leaders and organizations that have an inclusive focus, all with the hope that through an environment of connectivity and inclusion we can retain this very important workplace population in our community.

The Multicultural Receptions take place every February, May, August and November. Each reception attracts approximately 250 to 500 attendees and is hosted by regional members. The receptions in November include a formal recruitment element with a career fair.

For questions about or to inquire about hosting a Multicultural Reception, contact:

Dr. Marvin DeJear  |  Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
(515) 286-4957

For a list of upcoming Multicultural Receptions, visit the events page.