Engage, Empower & Act 2021 Economic Diversity & Inclusion Conference

posted on Friday, August 27, 2021 in Grow Cedar Valley

Economic Diversity & Inclusion Flyer

Grow Cedar Valley and the University of Northern Iowa are excited to announce the 2021 Economic Diversity & Inclusion Conference: Engage, Empower & Act.

The conference will be Oct. 22 from 8AM - 3PM at the Waterloo Convention Center

Attendance is encouraged for community leaders, human resources professionals, recruiters, educators, and anyone invested in developing inclusion strategies for the Cedar Valley. This event will foster the exchange of new ideas and approaches for meaningful and impactful diversity and inclusion.


8:00 - 8:30 am: Registration

8:30 - 9:00 am: Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 am: Welcome, Reading of Proclamation

Updates, Introductions and Information by Ms. Deb Harmon

9:45 - 11:00 am: Panel discussion - How to Help the Cedar Valley Move Forward

Featuring: One City, Once Cedar Valley, 24/7 BLAC, & VGM

Moderated by: Ms. Deb Harmon

11:00 am - Noon: Introduction of Keynote Speaker - Dr. Mark A. Nook, President, UNI

Keynote Address - Sailu Timbo, Vice President of Diversity & Community Relations, Hy-Vee, Inc.

Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch served

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Courageous Conversations by Rev. Charles Daniel, Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church
  • Implicit Bias by Dr. Susan Hill, UNI
  • LGBT* Advocacy and Health Needs by Orion Risk of University of Wisconsin-Madsion
  • IGNITE Partnership by Srdjan Golub of Hawkeye Community College & Eric Russell, Project Manager, John Deere
  • Mental Health and Physical Accessibility in the Workplace Panel
    • Tom Eachus, Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health
    • Vicki Mueller, Pathways
    • Sherri Seegers, Goodwill Industries
    • Bob Lincoln, Elevate

2:00 - 2:30 pm: Closing Remarks - Dr. Jose Hererra, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, UNI

2:30 - 3:00 pm: Networking in Exhibit Hall (w/ cash bar)

Attendees are eligible for 8 hours of SHRM & HRCI credit.

The following video outlines Economic Inclusion in the Cedar Valley and the value it can bring. Thank you to AMPERAGE Marketing and Fundraising for putting this video together for the conference.

We want to extend a huge thank you to the University of Northern Iowa for their partnership and the work they did to ensure this event was a success.

We also want to thank the event sponsors. Without their contribution, the event could not be held at the scale that it was held.

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Registration closes 10/202021 at 12:00 PM


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