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2018 Inclusion Award Winners Announced

2018 Inclusion Award Winners

November 16, 2018

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Nov. 16, 2018) — The Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Business Record have announced the 2018 Inclusion Award Winners. The Inclusion Awards honor employers that have championed diversity and inclusion at their organizations and within the community. The nominees are evaluated by a selection committee made up of members of The Partnership’s Inclusion Council and past honorees. Winners must be Members or Investors of The Partnership. The chosen winners were recognized at The Partnership’s annual Inclusion Forum held Friday, Nov. 16.

The 2018 Inclusion Award winners are:

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Small Category

The percentage of diverse class members in the Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program increased from a three-year average of 6 percent in 2013 to a three-year average of 14 percent in 2019. Since 2015, the Community Connect program has had at least 25 percent ethnically diverse mentors, and its participation group has increased from 6 percent ethnic diversity to 24 percent in 2018. Underlying this growth, the Leadership Institute has changed the organization’s vision to say, "A thriving community for all, served by an endless source of civic stewards."

Bankers Trust, Medium Category

Bankers Trust has successfully developed partnerships with colleges, universities, faith-based organizations and other community organizations to assist in attracting talent from diverse audiences. Its workforce is comprised of 17 percent people of diverse backgrounds, 65 percent women and 30 percent women serving in leadership roles. Each member of the Bank’s Executive Committee commits to learning about and championing diversity and inclusion. Inclusion is one of the bank’s five core values.

TPI Composites, Large Category

TPI has adjusted its talent pipeline to focus attention on reaching underserved areas. As a result, the company has more than 990 associates representing 46 countries, including an employee base that is 34.6 percent Black or African National and 20 percent Hispanic. Part of the company’s human capital strategy focuses on attracting, welcoming, retaining and developing talent that just needs a chance.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 340 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.