CODE | Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity
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.
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
Coalition Member Benefits
- Resource Library
- Networking and Education Opportunities
- Recommended Assessment (coming soon)
JOIN THE COALITION
- 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.
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
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.
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!