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11th Annual Inclusion Summit

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Name: 11th Annual Inclusion Summit
Date: November 15, 2023
Time: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:


Celebrate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  

The 11th annual Inclusion Summit will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover tools and resources to build equity-centered practices, systems and organizations. 

8:30 a.m. – Welcome, Land Acknowledgement and Opening Comments 
  • Dr. Marvin DeJear, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer – Greater Des Moines Partnership 
  • Tiffany Tauscheck, President & CEO – Greater Des Moines Partnership 
  • Annette Jorden, Director, Talent Development – LCS  
8:45 a.m. – Keynote Speaker  
  • Dr. Nika White, Founder and Lead Principal Consultant – Nika White Consulting 
Dr. White helps maximize people’s and organizations' effectiveness, potential and capacity through optimized systems and culture. Her overall praxis and scholarship are in organizational development and industrial psychology, specifically focusing on systematically operationalizing strategic and intentional efforts that foster diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This holistic approach centers organizations’ most essential asset — its human capital. The heart of Dr. White’s work systematically moves people and organizations toward change for better results. She is an award-winning management and leadership consultant, keynote speaker, published author and executive practitioner for inclusion efforts across corporate, government, nonprofit and education sectors. 

​9:15 a.m. – Break 
9:30 a.m. – CEO Panel  
  • Dr. Ian Roberts, Superintendent – Des Moines Public Schools  
  • Rosalind Fox, Factory Manager – John Deere 
  • Scott Jean, President & CEO – EMC Insurance Companies 
  • Dr. Daniel Zinnel, Chief Executive Officer – Proteus, Inc. 
  • Dr. Marvin DeJear, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer – Greater Des Moines Partnership 
10:05 a.m. – DSM 4 Equity Panel  
  • Julian Neely, Director of Advancement and Community Investment at the Polk County Trust Fund 
  • Tanner Krause, EDEN
  • Marian Rueter Godwin, Senior Community Impact Services Officer, United Way of Central Iowa
  • Dr. Marvin DeJear, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer – Greater Des Moines Partnership 
10:35 a.m. – Break 

10:50 a.m. – Keynote Speaker  
  • Michael Amilcar, CEO and Principal Consultant – Be Equitable 
Amilcar has more than 25 years of experience in inclusion, equity, leadership development and organizational change management. She and Be Equitable have partnered with organizations of all sizes to build equitable, healthy and thriving workplace cultures that work for all. Amilcar’s desire to bring about social change is rooted in her own identity as a proud Black Latina born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She is a sought after speaker and panelist, providing expertise on topics related to inclusion, workplace equity, and strategic organizational change. Prior to Be Equitable, Michael held senior leadership roles at Diversity Best Practices (now Seramount), AXA Financial, NBCUniversal, and Magic Johnson Enterprises. 
11:30 a.m. – Performance 
  • Louis Fountain, Poet and Inspirational Speaker 
11:40 a.m. – Inclusion Awards  Luncheon
  • The 2023 Inclusion Awards will be presented at The Summit, honoring employers who have championed DEI at their businesses, organizations and in the community.  Lunch will be provided. 
12:45 p.m. – Closing Comments 
  • Dr. Marvin DeJear, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer – Greater Des Moines Partnership 
12:50 p.m. – Book Signing with Dr. Nika White 
FFA Enrichment Center 
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus 
1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy., Ankeny, IA 50023

Zoom information will be sent to registrants via confirmation email. 
Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Contact Information:
Stacey Robles