Hosted by the Greater Omaha Chamber in partnership with The Urban League of Nebraska, Assistology and The Latino Center of the Midlands.

Hosted by the Greater Omaha Chamber in partnership with The Urban League of Nebraska, Assistology and The Latino Center of the Midlands.

The Conference will deliver a powerful, personal and positive-change-making experience for all who attend.

 

The Conference on Opportunity, Diversity and Equity, in its inaugural year, is a new opportunity to address diversity and inclusion issues at the national and local level to help professionals create cultures where everyone feels they belong, in an environment where all contributions matter.

Our next-generation of Greater Omahan’s are more diverse and more educated. Our strategy focuses on embracing our vibrant population as a community treasure, showcasing premier inclusive-hiring and promotion practices, and bolstering our efforts to develop, retain and attract the nation’s top talent – ensuring that every resident has the opportunity for prosperity. Diversity of thought, perspective and experience drives successful organizations and communities.

 

Tickets

Training Course + The Conference

$275

SOLD OUT

The Training Course, facilitated by Creighton University Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Greater Omaha Chamber Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE), was limited to 50 individuals. 

If you would like to be added to the wait list, email riragf@BznunPunzore.bet. You will be contacted if spots become available.

The Conference Only

$150

Corporate Sponsor

$2,000

Includes 10 participant registrations to The Conference with reserved seating, your company name listed on the event webpage and visual recognition at the event. Training course registrations are not included in this selection.

Reservations are due Sept. 27, 2019. No refunds will be granted after this date.

Photo and Video Release

The Greater Omaha Chamber often takes photographs and video during our events for use in brochures and on the web. By registering you agree that the Chamber may use any image of you that might appear in photographs or video taken at a Chamber event.

Scholarships

The Greater Omaha Chamber appreciates your interest in applying for a scholarship to the inaugural Conference on Diversity, Opportunity and Equity.

Applications closed on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Late applicants will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified no later than Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 regarding their status.

Thank you to our scholarship sponsor, CHI Health.

Agenda

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N. 10th St.

7:30 – 8 a.m.

Training Course Registration + Networking

Pre-Function Space

We’ll be eagerly awaiting your arrival on the second floor of the CHI Health Center Omaha. Collect your name badge, grab a morning pick-me-up and start making some amazing connections! The Training Course will start promptly at 8 a.m. in Room 213.

8 – 11 a.m.

Training Session

Room 213

Facilitated by Creighton University Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Greater Omaha Chamber Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE)

The Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Organizations of all types are experiencing the benefits of progress in inclusive excellence. As globalization increases and demographics shift regionally and nationally, embracing diversity and inclusion is necessary for the strength, stability and success of organizations. This interactive workshop offers foundational insight, empathy and skills for engaging colleagues in fostering a welcoming, inclusive and affirming work environment in order to leverage diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage.

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Whitt + Creighton University Faculty
Outcomes

After completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the business case for inclusion and diversity through an inclusive excellence perspective
  • Recognize and understand how the intersections of identities and perspectives are the core of diversity
  • Identify and articulate individual and structural biases and describe intervention strategies
  • Collaboratively foster welcoming and inclusive environments where individuals feel they can be their full selves and succeed
  • Provide suggestions for increasing employee engagement for collective progress in inclusion
11 a.m.

The Conference Registration + Networking

Pre-Function Space

We’ll be eagerly awaiting your arrival on the second floor of the CHI Health Center Omaha. Collect your name badge and start making some amazing connections! The Conference will start promptly at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch + Opening Session

Grand Ballroom

Anti to Ally: How Change Happens

joe gerstandt has been actively involved in workplace diversity and inclusion work for 15 years. This is his a story of how one person’s heart, mind, and behavior changed and what might be learned from it. Drawing from his experience of growing up on a family farm, serving in the United States Marine Corps, personal and professional setbacks and successes, and just being in the world with other human beings joe will share some of the ways in which we can all contribute to more inclusive workplaces and a more inclusive community.

Speaker: joe gerstandt
1 – 1:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 1A

ERG Session
Room 213

ERG’s: Intersectionality and Cross-Collaboration

A framework for broadening the discussion around diversity and inclusion and ensuring all are involved.

Moderator: Meaghan Fitzgerald Walls, Assistology
Panelists: Candi Jones, Mutual of Omaha +
Debbie Schrampfer, Union Pacific +
Kendra DelaCadena, Conagra Brands
 
Session Description

Intersecting marginalized identities creates broader social inequities. This facilitated discussion offers strategies for more inclusive approaches to multi-dimensional diversity and inclusion efforts. This is a conversation and education for leaders and participants of your company’s Diversity & Inclusion Employee Resource Group.

Breakout Session 1B

Workplace – Beginner
Room 214

Start Here: Unconscious Bias, Personal Commitments and Developing Cultural Competence

Three simple steps you can take to begin your journey, today!

Moderator: Adriana Cisneros Basulto, Talent & Culture Consultant
Panelists: Joyce Cooper, Omaha Public Power District +
Gibril S. Mansaray, G.S. Mansaray and Associates
Session Description

The key to getting started is… well, getting started! To help you begin your own personal journey and assist in fostering a more diverse workforce and inclusive culture within your organization, industry leaders join us to share their individual and organizational roadmaps. 

Breakout Session 1C

Workplace – Advanced
Room 215

Intentional Diversification

Learn how to transform leadership and internal processes for greater impact.

Data Presenter: Tracie Redding, University of Nebraska Omaha
Panelists: Timothy J. Burke, Omaha Public Power District +
Jeff Kutash, Peter Kiewit Foundation

Sponsored by: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Session Description

As organizations seek to implement D&I strategies that attract and retain individuals from all walks of life into their workforces, data reveals barriers in this effort at the senior leader level. Join us for an analysis of C-suites, boardrooms and leadership. Authenticity about this effort means addressing it at all levels of the organization – ultimately, creating a better culture and tone in setting the right environment through representation.

Breakout Session 1D

Community – Advanced
Room 216

Undesign the Redline – Acknowledging and Addressing Our History

Understand root causes of current community challenges and brainstorm strategies for action.

Speakers: Meridith Dillon, Sherwood Foundation +
Brigitte McQueen Shew, The Union for Contemporary Art
Session Description

Acknowledging our roots can reveal problematic histories situated within systems of oppression. We will share stories, tactics and outcomes in addressing the history of red lining in the United States while simultaneously tackling challenges still faced today – creating space and utilizing tools to allow for both healing and action. Take the opportunity to engage in a discussion that will bring 21st century innovation and collaboration to better our communities.

2 – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 2A

CEO Session
Room 213

CEOs for CODE

Leave equipped with tools for being a transformational diversity and inclusion leader.

Speakers: David G. Brown, Greater Omaha Chamber +
Carmen Tapio,
North End Teleservices 

Sponsored by: North End Teleservices

Session Description

As leaders, your words and actions have a significant impact on workplace diversity. Executive level attendees will connect with peers similarly focused on addressing diversity and inclusion as a business imperative, addressing key issues and work collaboratively to take action within your community and increase workplace performance.

Breakout Session 2B

Workplace – Beginner
Room 214

Diversity and Inclusion Assessments

Specific measurement examples and methods.

Moderator: Stancia Jenkins, University of Nebraska
Panelists: Kelly Reed, Ph.D., Lockton +
Carey S. Ryan, Ph.D., University of Nebraska Omaha +
Richard Webb, Redeemer Center for Life
Session Description

Within organizations – you’ve heard it before – “What gets measured, gets done.” This breakout session will cover different approaches for measuring diversity and inclusion initiatives and put participants to work in assessing their own organizations, engaging in interactive discussions and building a measurement plan which can be implemented at their own organization.

Breakout Session 2C

Workplace – Advanced
Room 215

Inclusion Nudges

A ‘how to’ method for taking action when you see an opportunity.

Speakers: Angela Cooper, Mutual of Omaha +
Michael Gonzales, NE&E Consulting / Diversity & Inclusion Consortium
Session Description

How to embed bias mitigation into processes to make them more objective and structurally resistant to the influence of bias. In this session, presenters assist us in moving beyond awareness of unconscious bias to promoting inclusive behaviors.

Breakout Session 2D

Community – Advanced
Room 216

Community Connectedness: Being A Good Neighbor

Moderator: Dulce M. Sherman, MA, Whispering Roots, Inc.
Panelists: Jason R. Fischer, Surreal Media Lab +
Ja Keen Fox, Weitz Family Foundation +
Jamie Gutierrez, Midwest Maintenance Co. Inc.
Session Description

Acknowledging our roots can reveal problematic histories situated within systems of oppression. We will share stories, tactics and outcomes in addressing the history of red lining in the United States while simultaneously tackling challenges still faced today – creating space and utilizing tools to allow for both healing and action. Take the opportunity to engage in a discussion that will bring 21st century innovation and collaboration to better our communities.

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Closing Session

Grand Ballroom
Closing Keynote: Candi Castleberry Singleton, Twitter
#InclusionIsHappening
4:30 – 6 p.m.

Networking Reception

The Jewell | 1030 Capitol Ave.
Located within the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District.

What a better way to wrap-up a day focused on diversity and inclusion than by coming together to connect after hours? Take in some of the best arts, culture and entertainment while expanding your network and fostering valuable connections.

Leave your car parked in the CHI Health Center parking lot (but only until 8:30 p.m.) and walk over to join us!

Access to the Networking Reception is included with your registration. Each attendee will receive a drink ticket and appetizers with your event name badge. 

Agenda

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N. 10th St.

7:30 – 8 a.m.

Training Course Registration + Networking

Pre-Function Space

We’ll be eagerly awaiting your arrival on the second floor of the CHI Health Center Omaha. Collect your name badge, grab a morning pick-me-up and start making some amazing connections! The Training Course will start promptly at 8 a.m. in Room 213.

8 – 11 a.m.

Training Session

Room 213

Facilitated by Creighton University Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Greater Omaha Chamber Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE)

The Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Organizations of all types are experiencing the benefits of progress in inclusive excellence. As globalization increases and demographics shift regionally and nationally, embracing diversity and inclusion is necessary for the strength, stability and success of organizations. This interactive workshop offers foundational insight, empathy and skills for engaging colleagues in fostering a welcoming, inclusive and affirming work environment in order to leverage diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage.

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Whitt + Creighton University Faculty
Outcomes

After completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the business case for inclusion and diversity through an inclusive excellence perspective
  • Recognize and understand how the intersections of identities and perspectives are the core of diversity
  • Identify and articulate individual and structural biases and describe intervention strategies
  • Collaboratively foster welcoming and inclusive environments where individuals feel they can be their full selves and succeed
  • Provide suggestions for increasing employee engagement for collective progress in inclusion
11 a.m.

The Conference Registration + Networking

Pre-Function Space

We’ll be eagerly awaiting your arrival on the second floor of the CHI Health Center Omaha. Collect your name badge and start making some amazing connections! The Conference will start promptly at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch + Opening Session

Grand Ballroom

Anti to Ally: How Change Happens

joe gerstandt has been actively involved in workplace diversity and inclusion work for 15 years. This is his a story of how one person’s heart, mind, and behavior changed and what might be learned from it. Drawing from his experience of growing up on a family farm, serving in the United States Marine Corps, personal and professional setbacks and successes, and just being in the world with other human beings joe will share some of the ways in which we can all contribute to more inclusive workplaces and a more inclusive community.

Speaker: joe gerstandt
1 – 1:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 1A

ERG Session
Room 213

ERG’s: Intersectionality and Cross-Collaboration

A framework for broadening the discussion around diversity and inclusion and ensuring all are involved.

Moderator: Meaghan Fitzgerald Walls, Assistology
Panelists: Candi Jones, Mutual of Omaha + Debbie Schrampfer, Union Pacific + Kendra DelaCadena, Conagra Brands
Session Description

Intersecting marginalized identities creates broader social inequities. This facilitated discussion offers strategies for more inclusive approaches to multi-dimensional diversity and inclusion efforts. This is a conversation and education for leaders and participants of your company’s Diversity & Inclusion Employee Resource Group.

Breakout Session 1B

Workplace – Beginner
Room 214

Start Here: Unconscious Bias, Personal Commitments and Developing Cultural Competence

Three simple steps you can take to begin your journey, today!

Moderator: Adriana Cisneros Basulto, Talent & Culture Consultant
Panelists: Joyce Cooper, Omaha Public Power District +
Gibril S. Mansaray, G.S. Mansaray and Associates
Session Description

The key to getting started is… well, getting started! To help you begin your own personal journey and assist in fostering a more diverse workforce and inclusive culture within your organization, industry leaders join us to share their individual and organizational roadmaps. 

Breakout Session 1C

Workplace – Advanced
Room 215

Intentional Diversification

Learn how to transform leadership and internal processes for greater impact.

Data Presenter: Tracie Redding, University of Nebraska Omaha
Panelists: Timothy J. Burke, Omaha Public Power District +
Jeff Kutash, Peter Kiewit Foundation

Sponsored by: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Session Description

As organizations seek to implement D&I strategies that attract and retain individuals from all walks of life into their workforces, data reveals barriers in this effort at the senior leader level. Join us for an analysis of C-suites, boardrooms and leadership. Authenticity about this effort means addressing it at all levels of the organization – ultimately, creating a better culture and tone in setting the right environment through representation.

Breakout Session 1D

Community – Advanced
Room 216

Undesign the Redline – Acknowledging and Addressing Our History

Understand root causes of current community challenges and brainstorm strategies for action.

Speakers: Meridith Dillon, Sherwood Foundation +
Brigitte McQueen Shew, The Union for Contemporary Art
Session Description

Acknowledging our roots can reveal problematic histories situated within systems of oppression. We will share stories, tactics and outcomes in addressing the history of red lining in the United States while simultaneously tackling challenges still faced today – creating space and utilizing tools to allow for both healing and action. Take the opportunity to engage in a discussion that will bring 21st century innovation and collaboration to better our communities.

2 – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 2A

CEO Session
Room 213

CEOs for CODE

Leave equipped with tools for being a transformational diversity and inclusion leader.

Speakers: David G. Brown, Greater Omaha Chamber +
Carmen Tapio,
North End Teleservices 

Sponsored by: North End Teleservices

Session Description

As leaders, your words and actions have a significant impact on workplace diversity. Executive level attendees will connect with peers similarly focused on addressing diversity and inclusion as a business imperative, addressing key issues and work collaboratively to take action within your community and increase workplace performance.

Breakout Session 2B

Workplace – Beginner
Room 214

Diversity and Inclusion Assessments

Specific measurement examples and methods.

Moderator: Stancia Jenkins, University of Nebraska
Panelists: Kelly Reed, Ph.D., Lockton +
Carey S. Ryan, Ph.D., University of Nebraska Omaha +
Richard Webb, Redeemer Center for Life
Session Description

Within organizations – you’ve heard it before – “What gets measured, gets done.” This breakout session will cover different approaches for measuring diversity and inclusion initiatives and put participants to work in assessing their own organizations, engaging in interactive discussions and building a measurement plan which can be implemented at their own organization.

Breakout Session 2C

Workplace – Advanced
Room 215

Inclusion Nudges

A ‘how to’ method for taking action when you see an opportunity.

Speakers: Angela Cooper, Mutual of Omaha +
Michael Gonzales, NE&E Consulting / Diversity & Inclusion Consortium
Session Description

How to embed bias mitigation into processes to make them more objective and structurally resistant to the influence of bias. In this session, presenters assist us in moving beyond awareness of unconscious bias to promoting inclusive behaviors.

Breakout Session 2D

Community – Advanced
Room 216

Community Connectedness: Being A Good Neighbor

Moderator: Dulce M. Sherman, MA, Whispering Roots, Inc.
Panelists: Jason R. Fischer, Surreal Media Lab +
Ja Keen Fox, Weitz Family Foundation +
Jamie Gutierrez, Midwest Maintenance Co. Inc.
Session Description

Acknowledging our roots can reveal problematic histories situated within systems of oppression. We will share stories, tactics and outcomes in addressing the history of red lining in the United States while simultaneously tackling challenges still faced today – creating space and utilizing tools to allow for both healing and action. Take the opportunity to engage in a discussion that will bring 21st century innovation and collaboration to better our communities.

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Closing Session

Grand Ballroom
Closing Keynote: Candi Castleberry Singleton, Twitter

#InclusionIsHappening

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Networking Reception

The Jewell | 1030 Capitol Ave.
Located within the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District.

What a better way to wrap-up a day focused on diversity and inclusion than by coming together to connect after hours? Take in some of the best arts, culture and entertainment while expanding your network and fostering valuable connections.

Leave your car parked in the CHI Health Center parking lot (but only until 8:30 p.m.) and walk over to join us!

Access to the Networking Reception is included with your registration. Each attendee will receive a drink ticket and appetizers with your event name badge. 

Speakers

Meet Our Speakers

JOE GERSTANDT

JOE GERSTANDT

OPENING KEYNOTE

MEAGHAN FITZGERALD WALLS
MEAGHAN FITZGERALD WALLS

MODERATOR

ASSISTOLOGY

TIMOTHY J. BURKE
TIMOTHY J. BURKE

PANELIST

OMAHA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

BRIGITTE MCQUEEN SHEW
BRIGITTE MCQUEEN SHEW

SPEAKER

THE UNION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

RICHARD WEBB
RICHARD WEBB

PANELIST

REDEEMER CENTER FOR LIFE

DULCE M. SHERMAN
DULCE M. SHERMAN

MODERATOR

WHISPERING ROOTS, INC.

JAMIE GUTIERREZ
JAMIE GUTIERREZ

PANELIST

MIDWEST MAINTENANCE

CANDI CASTLEBERRY SINGLETON
CANDI CASTLEBERRY SINGLETON

CLOSING KEYNOTE

TWITTER

CANDI JONES
CANDI JONES

PANELIST

MUTUAL OF OMAHA

GILBRIL MANSARAY
GILBRIL MANSARAY

PANELIST

G.S. MANSARAY AND ASSOCIATES

JEFF KUTASH
JEFF KUTASH

PANELIST

PETER KIEWIT FOUNDATION

DAVID G. BROWN
DAVID G. BROWN

SPEAKER

GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER

KELLY REED
KELLY REED

PANELIST

LOCKTON

ANGELA COOPER
ANGELA COOPER

SPEAKER

MUTUAL OF OMAHA

JASON R. FISCHER
JASON R. FISCHER

PANELIST

SURREAL MEDIA LAB

DR. CHRISTOPHER WHITT
DR. CHRISTOPHER WHITT

TRAINING SESSION

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

DEBBIE SCHRAMPFER
DEBBIE SCHRAMPFER

PANELIST

UNION PACIFIC

ADRIANA CISNEROS BASULTO
ADRIANA CISNEROS BASULTO

MODERATOR

MERIDITH DILLON
MERIDITH DILLON

SPEAKER

SHERWOOD FOUNDATION

CARMEN TAPIO
CARMEN TAPIO

SPEAKER

NORTH END TELESERVICES

CAREY S. RYAN
CAREY S. RYAN

PANELIST

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA

JA KEEN FOX
JA KEEN FOX

PANELIST

WEITZ FAMILY FOUNDATION

“The conversation begins with each of us doing our part and demonstrating visible leadership. We all have something to learn and contribute to the conversation. The Conference will bring about meaningful discussion from diverse attendees and provide strategy and tactics to take back to your organization.”

— Carmen Tapio, North End Teleservices

“The Conference participants will become better equipped to lead progress in inclusive excellence; having a heightened awareness of how best to prioritize diversity and inclusion as a vital part of foundations for strategic success for their organizations.”

— Christopher M. Whitt, Ph.D, Creighton University

The Conference Toolkit

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Brochure

Help us spread the word. Download our informational brochure. Put it around your office and share it at upcoming events.

Letter to Your Supervisor

The Chamber supports your attendance, but need a little help convincing your boss? Download this template, fill in the blanks and turn into your supervisor. It ought to do the trick for your approval to join us!

Facebook Banner

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Sponsors

The Conference is made possible by the generous contributions of several organizations. Thank you for your support.

Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Team Talent.

Lead Partner

Featured Partners

Training Partner

Brand Partner

Media Partner

Additional Sponsors

Corporate Sponsor

Aflac  |  Home Instead Senior Care  |  Investors Realty, Inc.  |  KPMG LLP  |  WoodmenLife

Additional Questions

For more information about The Conference on Opportunity, Diversity and Equity, contact Team Talent.

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