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Executive Forum on Diversity and Inclusion is Nov. 4

October 6, 2016

The Greater Des Moines Partnership will host its 4th Annual Executive Forum on Diversity and Inclusion on Friday, Nov. 4, to cultivate a community conversation surrounding inclusion opportunities in the region. Wellmark Chairman and CEO John Forsyth and Vice President of Inclusion and Organizational Development Rona Berinobis will lead a keynote session on Creating an Inclusive Workplace Culture.

Other topics and presenters include:

  • Black/African-American Employment Opportunity, led by Marvin DeJear, Director of the Evelyn K. Davis Center and Phil Hall, Employee Relations Leader at Wells Fargo.
  • Radical Acts of Civility, led by Donna Redwing, Executive Director of OneIowa, and Heather Schott, Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Principal.
  • Talent Pools to Consider, including roundtable discussions focused on topics of homelessness, immigrants and refugees, ex-offenders, veterans and people with disabilities.

“I encourage all Greater Des Moines business, civic and community leaders to attend this event and participate in the discussion on how we can ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Central Iowans,” said Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Regional Talent Development at The Partnership. “These conversations are crucial in continuing to attract and retain talent in our community.”

"At Wellmark, diversity of experiences, ideas, cultures and beliefs drives us to achieve greater success and sustainable results. I am a firm believer that creating an inclusive environment requires commitment from all levels of an organization starting at the top,” Forsyth said. “I commend the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Executive Forum on Diversity and Inclusion for providing valuable insights for leaders who want to build inclusive environments and communities."

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to Noon at the Airport Holiday Inn, 6111 Fleur Drive. See the full schedule and register at DSMpartnership.com/Events.

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 320 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.