Diversity & Inclusion

The Cedar Valley Diversity & Inclusion initiative is designed to strengthen the Cedar Valley through promoting diversity, full inclusion, and cultural competencies in business, and to focus on the importance, impact and benefits to business of effective diversity and inclusion practices. The committee consists of members from The Cedar Valley business community who are dedicated to uncovering and realizing opportunities that promote the business case and the impact of diversity and inclusion in the Cedar Valley. The committee implements a variety of initiatives designed to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, such as diversity-focused publications, special events, and educational seminars.

Individuals interested in serving on the Cedar Valley Inclusion & Diversity committee must be employed by a member of The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber. In addition, we ask that interested people:

  • Have an interest in diversity/inclusion efforts
  • Be capable of influencing their company’s policies and/or business efforts
  • Understand business needs relevant to recruitment and retention
  • Be committed to regular attendance at monthly meetings and committee events
  • Committee meetings are usually held the third Thursday of each month at noon

If you would like to make an impact on the diverse workforce in The Cedar Valley of Iowa, and meet the above criteria, please contact us.

Cedar Valley Diversity & Inclusion Partnership Award

As part of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber Annual Celebration, recognition will be given for outstanding contribution by a business or organization for leadership in creating and strengthening an environment of diversity and inclusion in the workplace culture, business practices and in the community.  Click here to fill out the award application form.

The application is a great scorecard to use in evaluating your company's Diversity & Inclusion practices. Please contact the Alliance & Chamber if you intend to participate.


Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

2015 Fall | Spring Magazine
2015 Spring Magazine
2014 Fall | Winter Magazine                 
2014 Spring Magazine
2013 Magazine
2012 Magazine
2011 Magazine  


2014-2015 Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Jean Trainor Inclusion Connection
Linda Allen Hawkeye Community College
Lauren Anderson Aerotek
Mary-Sue Bartlett University of Northern Iowa
Megan Boomershine Aerotek
Dave Braton Courier Communications
Debbie Brecher Principal Financial Group
Suzanne Burt Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa
Bryan Burton Courier Communications
Renee Christoffer Veridian Credit Union
Jerald Clyde Black Hawk County
Jim Cole Express Employment Professionals
Nicole Cook John Deere Waterloo Works
Priscilla Culp E.G.O.S. Unlimited
Cary Darrah Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber
Janelle Darst Cedar Falls Community School District
Deb Dralle Community Bank & Trust
Jack Dusenbery Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa
Steve Dust Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber
Amy Eastman Viking Pump
Sandra Flikkema SF Training & Consulting
Gail Greer Hy-Vee Food Store
Jeremy Hayes Hy-Vee Food Store
Andrea Holst John Deere Waterloo Operations
Terry Hogan University of Northern Iowa
Kathy Joblinske Manpower
William Kay KBBG Radio
Danny Laudick Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber
DyAnn Longseth Veridian Credit Union
Amanda McCormack Western Home Communities
Mary Phillips CBE Companies, Inc.
Kalola Roby Veridian Credit Union
Sharina Sallis CUNA Mutual Group
Josh Schmidt Viking Pump
Steve Sesterhenn UnityPoint Health
Bev Smith Waterloo Community School District
Brennen Smith-Hargrove John Deere Power Systems
Gwen Timmerman Tyson Fresh Meats
Matt Waller VGM/Homelink
Angela Weekley Veridian Credit Union
Morgan Wortham Envision Community Solutions
ReShonda Young Popcorn Heaven