Diversity & Inclusion Award

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber Diversity & Inclusion Award honors employers in the Cedar Valley who have made significant achievements in championing inclusion and diversity in their businesses and organizations.

Each year, the Cedar Valley Diversity and Inclusion committee oversee the selection and presentation of the Cedar Valley Diversity & Inclusion Award. Applicants are evaluated and finalists are visited by the committee before convening for a final vote to name the award winner(s).

  • To qualify for the Diversity & Inclusion Award, organizations must be an investor of The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber.
  • Awards may be given in the following categories: small (1-50 employees), medium (51+ employees). The determination regarding the categories to be awarded will be based on the quality and number of applications received in each category.
  • Previous award recipients are not eligible to apply for one year following receipt of the award. 
  • Phase One Application: Award applications may be filled out by a representative from the nominated organization or an organization may be nominated by a 3rd party.  The nomination form is available above.  The  application will provide a high-level overview of the diversity and inclusion work the nominated organization has done. . After the review by the Diversity & Inclusion committee, you will be contacted to complete Phase Two application.
  • Phase 2: After all information is gathered from the top organizations the panel of judges will select the top 3 organizations and site visits will be conducted.  During the site visits, the judges will conduct interviews with staff, tour facilities and evaluate the organization on how inclusive the environment is.
  • Selection of Winner: The winner will be announced at the Alliance & Chamber Annual Celebration.  At this time, representatives from the organization will receive a plaque and additional press releases throughout the Cedar Valley. 

Diversity - differences including but not limited to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation and age.

Inclusion - is a sense of belonging: feeling respected, valued for who you are; feeling a level of supportive energy and commitment from others so that you can do your best work.