Building equitable access and opportunity.

CODE was born as a sustainable initiative to address diversity, inclusivity, equity and access to opportunity in Greater Omaha. Research conducted in 2015 showed African American young professionals were five-to-six times less likely than their Caucasian peers to recommend Greater Omaha as a place to live, work, and play, among other issues. Two years of focus groups, additional research and collaboration among organizations, nonprofits and corporations further revealed research data were not only perceptual but also behavioral. Something had to be done – because “nothing” is never an option.

More than a collaborative new diversity and inclusion initiative, it’s a call to action for those who believe we can and must do better. CODE is our Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity for Greater Omaha.

Designed to elevate everyone and charge Greater Omaha with change.
Advocates advising the work of the CODE initiative.
Employer commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.
Ensuring Omaha is a vibrant place to do business, work and live.

COALITION

About CODE | Council | Community

The Employer Coalition is focused on creating positive, measurable outcomes leading to an increase in recruitment and retention of diverse talent, addressing disparities in the experience of marginalized professionals in the workplace, providing education and exposure to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace, and ensuring our region is a more welcoming and inclusive community in which all residents can obtain personal and economic success and a high quality of life.

Employer Coalition Commitment

The coalition aims to rally the business community to advance Diversity and Inclusion within the workplace by working collectively across organizations and sectors. It outlines a specific set of actions the undersigned companies will take to cultivate a trusting environment where all ideas are welcomed and employees feel comfortable and empowered to discuss Diversity and Inclusion.

All the signatories serve as leaders of their companies and have committed to implementing the following pledge within their workplaces:

  • Create and implement a comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion strategy
  • Hire (or appoint) a full-time Diversity and Inclusion Leader at a leadership level
  • Measure success by participating in recommended assessment

Coalition Member Benefits

  • Resource Library
  • Networking and Education Opportunities
  • Recommended Assessment (coming soon)

JOIN THE COALITION

A cohort of D&I practitioners, nonprofit representatives content experts and passionate stakeholders convened to provide input and guidance to the forward progress of recommendations to address disparities among populations where disparities are identified in our region. The group serves as an advisory council to the Chamber, Urban League and other partners in their efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in employment and the community. The Council is divided into the following working groups to assist in the progress of the CODE initiative.

Working Groups:

  • Community Connectedness
  • Business Outreach—Employer Coalition Memberships
  • Strategic Planning
  • Workplace Assessment
  • Building Support Networks—Program Calendar & Resources

To volunteer with a working group, email Bianca Harley at bharley@OmahaChamber.org.

COUNCIL MEMBERS
Carmen Tapio (Chair), North End Teleservices

Angel Starks, Nebraska Realty

Angela Cooper, Mutual of Omaha

Ashley Turner, Borsheims

Cammy Watkins, Inclusive Communities

Chris Johnson, Leo A Daly

Christopher Estwick, Fraser Stryker LLC

Christopher Whitt, Creighton University

Donald Neal, KPMG, LLP

Jessie Feinstein, Jackson Lewis, PC

Joyce Cooper, OPPD

Karla Keegan, Manpower

Michael Beverly, (Update)

Moniki Cannon, Gunn & Cannon | Empowerment Group

Morgann Freeman, Nebraska Appleseed

Richard Webb, 100 Black Men of Omaha

Stancia Jenkins, University of Nebraska

Tamika Mease, Signature Performance

Victoria Novak, Metropolitan Community College

Winsley Durand, Greater Omaha Chamber, REACH

Ronald Fleming, Greater Omaha Chamber, REACH

Sarah Moylan, Greater Omaha Chamber

Patricia Moyorga, Greater Omaha Chamber

Kayla Toney, Urban League of Nebraska

Bianca Harley, Greater Omaha Chamber

COMMUNITY

About CODE | Coalition | Council

Omaha is a vibrant, prosperous city with a low unemployment rate and cost of living. We pride ourselves on unique attractions and consistently find ourselves on “Best Places to Live” lists. Yet, in numerous indicator areas, marginalized populations report disparities in Omaha significantly higher than that of peers.

A 2017 YP follow-up survey revealed:

  • Black young professionals are 25% less likely to feel like they can “get what they need in Greater Omaha”
  • Black young professionals are 24% less likely to feel “Greater Omaha fulfills their needs”
  • Black young professionals are 15% less likely to feel “like a member of Greater Omaha”
  • Black young professionals are 24% less satisfied with local arts and music
  • Black young professionals are 23% less satisfied with the friendliness of neighbors
  • Over one-quarter of respondents provided feelings of lack of diversity, isolation and racism as reasons for not choosing Omaha as a place they want to stay

Progress is an everyday evolution – a characteristic of inclusive communities motivated by excellence for ALL. If you have an interest in enhancing quality of life and creating a region where everyone experiences a sense of belonging and enjoys rich cultural and recreational offerings, partner with us in our community endeavors.

Contact Bianca Harley for additional information.

ABOUT CODE

Coalition | Council | Community

With a focus on creating positive, measurable outcomes leading to increased opportunities and equity for underrepresented populations.

CODE seeks to:

  • Increase workplace diversity in the workforce, management and senior leadership among Greater Omaha Companies to accurately reflect the demographics of our city
  • Increase community/quality of life satisfaction among underrepresented groups
  • Assist companies in achieving an increase in diverse employee satisfaction and inclusion ratings
  • Provide opportunities for dialogue, engagement, networking and training/education surrounding Diversity and Inclusion
  • Increase number of minority-owned businesses through access to existing networks and resources for training, technical assistance and funding
  • Create networking opportunities and support mentorship programs for underrepresented groups

If you or your organization are interested in joining our efforts, reach out and know there is a CODE to this community – a CODE designed to elevate everyone and charge Greater Omaha with change!

For More Information

Bianca Harley – Manager, Community Diversity & Inclusion
402-346-1694 402-850-7438

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