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Awards & Events

Inclusion Summit

Rising to the Equity Challenge

The Greater Des Moines Partnership and United Way of Central Iowa will host the eighth annual Inclusion Summit via Zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The event's theme is "Rising to the Equity Challenge." For more information, visit the Inclusion Summit page.

Inclusion Award

The Inclusion Award (formerly the Diversity Award) is awarded by The Partnership to honor employers who have championed diversity and inclusion at their businesses and organizations and in the community. To qualify for the Inclusion Award, organizations must be a regional Member or Investor of The Partnership.

Applications closed for 2020.

2020 Inclusion Award Winner



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:

Sanjita Pradhan  |  Director of Diversity and Inclusion
(515) 286-4988

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