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2023 Inclusion Summit

Celebrate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

The 11th annual Inclusion Summit will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center.

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2023 Summit Agenda

Opening Keynote: Dr. Nika White, Founder and Lead Principal Consultant of Nika White Consulting

Nika White

Dr. White helps maximize people’s and organizations' effectiveness, potential and capacity through optimized systems and culture. Her overall praxis and scholarship are in organizational development and industrial psychology, specifically focusing on systematically operationalizing strategic and intentional efforts that foster diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This holistic approach centers organizations’ most essential asset — its human capital. The heart of Dr. White’s work systematically moves people and organizations toward change for better results. She is an award-winning management and leadership consultant, keynote speaker, published author and executive practitioner for inclusion efforts across corporate, government, nonprofit and education sectors.

CEO Panel

  • Dr. Ian Roberts, Des Moines Public Schools Superintendent
  • Rosalind Fox,  Factory Manager with John Deere
  • Scott Jean, President and CEO, EMC Insurance
  • Dr. Daniel Zinnel, Chief Executive Officer, Proteus, Inc.
  • Dr. Marvin DeJear

DSM 4 Equity Panel

  • Julian Neely, Director of Advancement and Community Investment at the Polk County Housing Trust Fund
  • Tanner Krause, EDEN
  • Dr. Marvin DeJear

Keynote Speaker: Michael Amilcar, CEO and Principal Consultant at Be Equitable

 Michael Amilcar

Amilcar has more than 25 years of experience in inclusion, equity, leadership development and organizational change management. She and Be Equitable have partnered with organizations of all sizes to build equitable, healthy and thriving workplace cultures that work for all. Amilcar’s desire to bring about social change is rooted in her own identity as a proud Black Latina born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She is a sought after speaker and panelist, providing expertise on topics related to inclusion, workplace equity, and strategic organizational change. Prior to Be Equitable, Michael held senior leadership roles at Diversity Best Practices (now Seramount), AXA Financial, NBCUniversal, and Magic Johnson Enterprises.

Inclusion Awards 

The 2023 Inclusion Awards will be presented at The Summit, honoring employers who have championed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at their businesses, organizations and in the community. 

2023 Inclusion Summit Sponsors

Premier Sponsors

Veridan logo Wells Fargo Logo

Gold Sponsors

Nationwide logo EMC logo FHLB Logo

Silver Sponsors

Sammons Financial Logo Bankers Trust logo NCMIC logo 

Bronze Sponsors

Caseys Logo Athene logo Merchants Bonding Company Logo

DMU Logo

Wellmark Logo

 Unity point logo

  Greenstate logo