As companies and individuals start or continue their DEI journey, this program’s goals are to help amplify businesses and people doing meaningful work for others. The purpose is to to learn from and to also elevate those who have created inclusive work environments through their workforce, supplier diversity and other programs, and employee development initiatives.

The inaugural Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Workplace Excellence Awards is a community-fueled event. We want to recognize our companies who exemplify an inclusive work environment through their workforce, programs, and employee development initiatives. 

This event will not only celebrate businesses who champion DEI, but it will also inspire others to expand their own initiatives. This is all about action and impact

Several award categories are presented, and workplaces are highly encouraged to apply. From hiring practices to supplier diversity programs, how is your company paving the way for others to follow? 

11 Award Categories

Small Business: 1-49 Employees
Medium Business: 50-249 Employees
Large Business: 250 and Above
DEI Leader of the Year Award
DEI Emerging Leader of the Year Award
DEI Student Leader of the Year Award
DEI Ally of the Year Award
Best Inclusion Initiative Award

One way we will further the impact of these awards is in the form of a local donation. A portion of the sponsorship proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa to support their mission of creating one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 

Awards Application Details:

There are two ways to complete the nomination form. Deadline to submit: July 30, 2021. 

  • A letter that highlights the support for the organization or individual on how they significantly promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion and cultural competency development in the workplace. Include details on programs and initiatives, including reference materials and documents.
  • Letters of support can also be included from peers, team, staff, community, etc.
  • At least 2 letters of support on how you significantly promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion and cultural competency development among your workplace. Include the results of this development. You can also include any reference materials and documents that highlight your work.
  • CV/Resume

Learn more and access the application here.

The Celebration Event

Join us to learn, support, and celebrate DEI work being done in our community.

September 1 | 5 - 7 PM | Ron Pearson Center - REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 1



Show Support for DEI

Want to show your support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by sponsoring these Workplace Excellence Awards? Contact Kara Matheson, Director of Workforce Development.  

Our vision is to make West Des Moines the best suburban city in America to live, work and play—for everyone. Now is the time to show pride in our vibrant, diverse community. We look forward to you being involved in the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Workplace Excellence Awards.