8th Annual Inclusion Summit: Rising to the Equity Challenge
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The Greater Des Moines Partnership and United Way of Central Iowa will host the eighth annual Inclusion Summit via Zoom on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. 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).
21-Day Equity Challenge
This year's Inclusion Summit features collaboration with United Way to wrap up the 21-Day equity Challenge.
Leading up to the Inclusion Summit is the 21-Day Equity Challenge supported by United Way of Central Iowa. The 21-Day Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity for shared learning and growth and invites central Iowans to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and community. The challenge will help thousands of central Iowans unite to learn and grow together, and help us all address equity issues in our community.
Sign up for the 21-Day Equity Challenge that begins on October 5 at EquityChallenge.org.
Morning Agenda & Speakers
(agenda and times subject to change)
8 a.m. — Welcome to the Inclusion Summit with Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Talent Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and Elisabeth Buck, President of United Way of Central Iowa
8:10 a.m. — CEO Roundtable: Diversity and Inclusion Starts at the Top moderated by Jay Byers, CEO of the 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 and 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 and end morning session
12: 30 —1:30 p.m. - Break
1:30 p.m. — Welcome back and 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
Speakers & Sessions
Keynote 9:30 a.m. | Dr. Eddie Moore
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership training/workshops.
Keynote 10:40 a.m. | Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts