Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity

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Building Equitable Access and Opportunity

The Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE) was created to help the community achieve sustainable growth in the areas of diversity, inclusivity, equity and opportunity. By collaborating with Greater Omaha and Lincoln businesses, we work to accomplish this through two initiatives:

  • CODE Employer Coalition — This group is dedicated to expanding diversity and inclusivity in our workplaces by turning insight into measurable action.
  • CEOs for CODE — This group brings business leaders together in their shared commitment to break down barriers and drive change at the executive level.

When combined, these efforts can achieve economic equity and inclusiveness for all. And we want you to be a part of it.

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of Black young professionals in Omaha felt their workplace was inclusive and welcoming, compared to 79% of all other races, according to a 2017 survey

Our Employer Coalition Members Are Leading Change

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Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Our Employer Coalition seeks to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. As a member of the Coalition, you will be supported as you develop an action plan to cultivate a trusting environment where all ideas are welcomed and employees feel represented.

All companies are encouraged to join.

We Will.

On June 3, 2020, the Greater Omaha Chamber hosted nearly 150 CEOs, founders and leaders of the Omaha business community with the purpose of identifying collective action for diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and communities.

We discussed a variety of inequities—from healthcare and housing to education and employment —and recognized the shared root of all of these disparities is racism. As a direct action of this, more than 260 CEOs signed a personal commitment to lead change.

We Will headline in a newspaper
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Guidance on Your Journey

To support employers in the midst of developing their organization’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy, we’re created a step-by-step guide. Whether you’re an Employer Coalition member who has just completed your assessment or a D&I professional looking for tips, this toolkit can help guide your work.

Resource Library

Whether you’re curious about the business case for diversity and inclusion or looking for inspiration on how to create a more inclusive culture, you’ll find best practices and thought starters in our resource library. The library is a great place to start your D&I exploration.

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Employer Coalition Members with ERGs

Employee resource groups (ERGs) are groups of employees who join together in their workplace based on shared characteristics or life experiences. These groups are a critical piece of an organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy, especially as it relates to recruitment and retention, marketing, brand enhancement, training and employee development. 

Organization Name ERG Name
Conagra Conagra Asian Employee Resource Group (CARG)
Kutak Rock Asian Heritage Affinity Group
Union Pacific Asian Employee Resource Organization
Organization Name ERG Name
BCBS BLUE
CHI African American Diversity Council
Children’s Hospital RISE (Reaching for Inclusion, Success & Equity)
Conagra Conagra Black Employee Resource Group (CBERG)
Kutak Rock African Heritage, African, Black Affinity Group
OPPD African American Network
Signature Performance BIPOC ARG
Union Pacific Black Employee Network (BEN)
UNOmaha Black and African American Faculty Connections
Organization Name ERG Name
BCBS Possibilities
Children’s Hospital CARE (Compassion, Access, and Respect for Everyone of all abilities)
Kutak Rock Individuals with Disabilities Affinity Group
Union Pacific Educate. Advance. Support. Encourage. (EASE)
Organization Name ERG Name
BCBS

Latinos Empowered to Achieve their Potential (LEAP)

CHI CHI HOLA
Children’s Hospital Unite
Conagra Conagra Latino Leadership Employee Resource Group (CLLERG)
Kutak Rock Hispanic and Latin Affinity Group
OPPD Latino Society at OPPD (LSO)
Signature Performance BIPOC ARG
Union Pacific Latino Employee Network
UNOmaha Hispanic and Latinx Faculty Connections
Organization Name ERG Name
BCBS Fearlessly You
Children’s Hospital Children’s PRIDE (People & Resources for Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity)
Conagra Conagra LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (LGBTQ+)
Farm Credit Services of America FCSA LGBTQ+ Resource Group
Kutak Rock LGBTQIA and Allies Affinity Group
OPPD OPPD Pride
Signature Performance LGBTQ+ ARG
Union Pacific Bridges
UNOmaha LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Connections
Organization Name ERG Name
Kutak Rock Native and Indigenous Peoples Affinity Group
Signature Performance BIPOC ARG
Union Pacific Council of Native American Heritage (CONAH)
Organization Name ERG Name
BCBS Military Families United Together (MFUT)
CHI Veterans Affinity Force
Conagra Conagra Veterans Employee Resource Group (CVERG)
Farm Credit Services of America FCSA Veterans Resource Group
Kutak Rock Veterans and Servicemembers and their Families Affinity Group
OPPD OPPD Veterans Network
Signature Performance VETS ARG
Union Pacific UP Vets
Organization Name ERG Name
Bland & Associates bWinRS
Conagra Conagra Women’s Employee Resource Group (CWERG)
Farm Credit Services of America Team Catalyst
Kutak Rock Women’s Initiative
Lamp Rynearson Women’s Employee Resource Group
OPPD OPPD Women’s Network (OWN)
Union Pacific LEAD
Organization Name ERG Name
BCBS YP Connect
Children’s Hospital Catalyst
Conagra Conagra Young Professionals Employee Resource Group (YPRG)
Farm Credit Services of America Roots
Kutak Rock Professional Development Committee
Lamp Rynearson Early Career Professionals (ECP)
OPPD Young Professionals Group (YPG)
Tri-Faith Initiative TF Young Professionals
Union Pacific UP Ties
Urban League Urban League Young Professionals
Organization Name ERG Name
OPPD

EmPOWERing Families (Mental Health)

OPPD OPPD Global Connections
OPPD OPPD Project Management Community of Practice
OPPD OPPD Society of Engineers
OPPD OPPD ToastMasters
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About CODE

Created in 2016, the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE) is focused on creating positive, measurable outcomes leading to increased opportunities and equity for underrepresented populations.

Research conducted in 2015 showed Black young professionals were five-to-six times less likely than all races 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 revealed these trends were ongoing and systemic. Something had to be done – because “nothing” is never an option.

The result was CODE—a call to action for those who believe we can and must do better.

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 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 your organization is ready to address these challenges, consider joining our employer coalition.

Advisory Council

A cohort of D&I practitioners, nonprofit representatives, content experts and passionate stakeholders form the CODE Advisory Council. 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.

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