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8th Inclusion Summit: Rising to the Equity Challenge

The 8th Annual Inclusion Summit this will be via Zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 10. This year's summit is a collaboration with United Way of Central Iowa to wrap up the 21-Day Equity Challenge. The event's theme is "Rising to the Equity Challenge" which aims to cultivate a community conversation about actively making diversity, equity and inclusion a priority in Greater Des Moines (DSM).

In Partnership With


21-Day Equity Challenge

This year's Inclusion Summit features collaboration with United Way of Central Iowa to wrap up the 21-Day equity Challenge.

The 21-Day Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity for shared learning and growth and invites DSM residents to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and community. The challenge will help thousands of DSM residents unite to learn and grow together and help us all address inequity issues in our community.

Sign up for the 21-Day Equity Challenge that begins on Monday, Oct. 5 at equitychallenge.org.

8th Annual Inclusion Summit  |  Tuesday, Nov. 10  |  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Inclusion Summit will be a virtual event via Zoom. Login details will be provided once registration is submitted.

For more information about the Inclusion Summit: Rising to the Equity Challenge, contact Sanjita Pradhan, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

Agenda  |  Keynote Speakers  |  Sponsors



Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, The Inclusion Summit: Rising to the Equity Challenge is free to all participants.


(Times and Sessions Subject to Change)

Morning Session

  • 8 a.m.  Opening and Welcome by Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Talent Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and Elisabeth Buck, President of United Way of Central Iowa
  • 8: 10 a.m. — CEO Roundtable: Diversity and Inclusion Starts at the Top  |  Moderator: Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • 8:55 a.m. — Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.  |  "America is Changing: Are You Ready?"
  • 9:55 a.m. — Break
  • 10 a.m. — Keynote Speaker: Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts  |  "A.F.F.I.R.M. Differences: Seven Conversations (We Should be Having) About Equitable Diversity, Inclusion and Positive Organizing"
  • 11 a.m. — Break
  • 11:10 a.m. — Inclusion Award Announcement
  • 11:25 a.m. — Keynote Speaker: Caroline A. Wanga  |  "Elevator to Equity"
  • 12:30 p.m. — End of Morning Session and Thank You

Afternoon Session

  • 1:30 p.m. — 21-Day Equity Challenge Review
  • 1:40 p.m. — Young Equity Leaders Panel  |  A number of young DSM residents are emerging in our community as leaders of equity issues. Join the panel discussion to hear how our younger peers are working to make a difference for the future.
  • 2:25 p.m. — Introduce Breakout Sessions
  • Education: A discussion regarding the equity issues children and students face in their quest for an education.
  • Housing: Learn about the inequities many DSM residents face finding affordable housing, securing loans and more.
  • Wealth: Inequities in many areas prevent many DSM residents from establishing or achieving financial stability and savings, or to build equity with property or other assets. Join this discussion on these challenges and possible solutions.
  • Justice: Inequities in the justice system have been at the forefront of many discussions recently. Learn how justice system inequities are impacting DSM.
  • Health: From access to reliable and consistent healthcare and healthy food to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inequities around health and wellness are significant. Join this discussion to learn how DSM is working to address these issues.
  • 2:30 p.m. — Breakout Session Pt. 1
  • 3:25 p.m. — Transition
  • 3:30 p.m. — Breakout Session Pt. 2 (Same Session as Pt. 1)
  • 4:25 p.m. — End of Summit and Thank You

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.


Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity leadership and community service. He is the founder of America & MOORE, LLC, White Privilege Conference (WPC) and The Privilege Institute (TPI) which provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership training/workshops. Dr. Moore is recognized as one of the nation's top speakers and educators. His interview with Wisconsin Public Radio won the 2015 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's Best Interview in Medium Market Radio, 1st Place, and he is featured in the film "I'm not Racist...Am I?"

For more information about Dr. Moore, visit American & MOORE.

Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts


Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is an innovative global scholar and consultant on the science of maximizing human potential in diverse organizations and communities. She has published over 50 research articles, teaching cases and practitioner-oriented tools for strategically activating best selves through strength-based development, workplace equity and inclusion. Laura is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and the Academy of Management Review and currently serves as Professor of Practice at her alma mater, the University of Virginia.

Learn more information about Dr. Roberts.

Caroline A. Wanga


Caroline A. Wanga is currently the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Essence Communications Inc., but most recently, Wanga led Target's strategic intent to champion an inclusive society with accountability and helped reshape the organizational culture and fuel Target's business objectives through the company's first-ever performance-based diversity and inclusion goals. She has been named a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise and one of Savoy's Most Powerful Woman in Corporate America.

Learn more information about Caroline Wanga.

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