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Greater Des Moines Partnership Announces Launch Of DEI Management Certification Program

February 2, 2023

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Feb. 2, 2023) – The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced the launch of a DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Management Certification Program in partnership with Des Moines-based Schabel Solutions Inc. This Program will run every other Thursday from Feb. 23 – May 4. Each workshop will take place from 9 a.m. – Noon.

The purpose of the series is to deliver tangible action steps that will help participants build and sustain successful DEI workforce, workplace and marketplace practices. Participants will have access to exclusive Schabel Solutions frameworks every step of the way. At the conclusion of the series, participants will walk away with their own action plans and roadmaps to continue their respective DEI journeys.

The series consists of informative e-learning modules followed by safe, positive and engaging facilitator-led discussions that lead to healthy self-reflection, greater self-awareness and productive behavior change. Through the series, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the role they can play in fostering a more inclusive environment and how to build and sustain successful workforces, workplaces and marketplace outcomes.

“Anyone interested in deepening their knowledge around DEI, gaining an understanding of why DEI is crucial to their organization’s success, building confidence in setting DEI strategy and putting lessons learned into action within their organizations will benefit by participating in this Program,” said Dr. Marvin DeJear, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at The Partnership. “This Program is designed to transform interest into practical skills, knowledge and strategic and tangible action steps.”

To earn the DEI Management Certificate, individuals must participate in and complete all six workshops, which include:

  • Understanding the DEI Journey
  • Mitigating Biases and Microaggressions in Everyday Interactions
  • Beyond Diversity: The Business Case for Inclusion
  • Leading Diverse Teams
  • How to Design your Organization’s DEI Strategy
  • How to Attract and Retain Diverse Talent

“The DEI Management Certification Program goes hand-in-hand with Schabel Solutions’ purpose of helping clients normalize inclusive behaviors, operationalize equity and build the skills, confidence and plans needed to achieve and sustain more inclusive, collaborative, innovative and productive work environments,” said Claudia Schabel, Schabel Solutions Inc. Founder, President and CEO. “We look forward to helping participants continue their DEI journeys.”

Those interested in participating must register by Friday, Feb. 20. To learn more about the DEI Management Certification Program, or to sign up to be a participant in the Program, visit The Partnership’s website.

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 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 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.