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8th Annual Inclusion Summit: Rising to the Equity Challenge

  • Overview

    The Greater Des Moines Partnership & United Way of Central Iowa will host the eighth annual Inclusion Summit via Zoom on Tuesday, November 10. The event’s theme is “Rising to the Equity Challenge" which aims to cultivate a community conversation about actively making diversity, equity and inclusion a priority in Greater Des Moines (DSM). 

    Morning Agenda & Speakers
    (agenda and times subject to change)

    8 a.m. — Welcome to the Inclusion Summit, Mary Bontrager, EVP of Talent Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership & Elisabeth Buck, President of United Way of Central Iowa  
    8:10 a.m. — CEO Roundtable: Diversity & Inclusion Starts at the Top moderated by Jay Byers, CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership. 
    8:55 a.m. — Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eddie Moore, America is Changing: Are you ready? 
    9:55 a.m. — Break  
    10:00 a.m. — Keynote Speaker: Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts, A.F.F.I.R.M. Differences: Seven Conversations (we should be having) about equitable Diversity, Inclusion & Positive Organizing.  
    11:00 a.m. — Break 
    11:10 a.m. — Inclusion Award Announcement  
    11:25 a.m. — Keynote Speaker, Caroline Wanga, Elevator to Equity 
    12:25 p.m. — Thank you & end morning session 
    12: 30 —1:30 p.m. - Break 
    1:30 p.m. — Welcome back & 21-Day Equity Challenge Review  
    1:40 p.m. — Young Equity Leaders Panel 
    A number of young central Iowans are emerging in our community as leaders on equity issues. Join this panel discussion to hear how our younger peers are working to make a difference for the future. 
    2:25 p.m. – Introduce Breakout Sessions and Instructions for Attendance 

    Breakout 1: EDUCATION – A discussion regarding the equity issues children and students face in their quest for an education. 

    Breakout 2: HOUSING – Learn about the inequities many central Iowans face finding affordable housing, securing loans, and more. 

    Breakout 3: WEALTH – Inequities in many areas prevent many central Iowans from establishing or achieving financial stability, savings, or to build equity with property or other assets. Join this discussion on these challenges and possible solutions. 

    Breakout 4: JUSTICE – Inequities in the justice system have been at the forefront of many discussions recently. Learn how justice system inequities are impacting central Iowa. 

    Breakout 5: HEALTH – From access to reliable and consistent healthcare and healthy food to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inequities around health and wellness are significant. Join this discussion to learn how central is working to address these issues. 

    2:30 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. – Breakout Session #1 
    3:25 to 3:30 p.m. – Transition to Breakout Session #2 
    3:30 to 4:25 p.m. – Breakout Session #2 (same sessions as Breakout Session #1) 
    4:25 to 4:30 p.m. – Wrap Up and Thank You