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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 learn from and to also elevate those who have created inclusive work environments through their workforce, supplier diversity programs, employee development initiatives, and more.

The inaugural Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Workplace Excellence Awards was a community-fueled event first held in 2021. We recognized our region’s companies who exemplify an inclusive work environment. Check out the highlight video, and learn more about the past winners here. With a room full of 250 people from all walks of life celebrating the importance of DEI, we celebrated the work that’s been done and recognize the importance of continued progress. 

This annual event will continue to 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. With 36 applications in the first year, we can’t wait to see that increase in 2022 as businesses learn from each other and put in the work. 

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
Nonprofit
Government
Education
DEI Leader of the Year
DEI Emerging Leader of the Year: 39 & under
DEI Student Leader of the Year
DEI Ally of the Year
Best Inclusion Initiative
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One way we furthered the impact of these awards in 2021 was in the form of a local donation. A portion of the sponsorship proceeds was donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. The WDM Chamber DEI Committee discussed applications for the 2022 DEI Awards donation, and there was a tie vote! The TWO nonprofits that will be receiving the donation this year are CultureALL and the Latina Leadership Initiative, to further the impact of their important work.

Awards Application Details:

There are two ways to complete the nomination form. The deadline to submit passed on July 17, 2022. 

  • A nominator may choose to submit a nomination for an organization or individual.
  • A nominator may choose to submit a self-nomination.

Application letter must be submitted, not to exceed word count of 400. Up to 3 supporting documents may be submitted. 

The Celebration Event

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

SEPTEMBER 1 FROM 4:30 - 7:30 | COMMUNITY CHOICE CONVENTION CENTER BALLROOM
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View photos, courtesy of Christopher Maharry, from the 2021 DEI Workplace Excellence Awards here

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AWARD PARTNER: GOLD SPONSORS

ADVOCATE SPONSORS

CHAMPION SPONSORS

PR PARTNER

View latest DEI Workplace Excellence Awards press release here

PARTNERS

Show Support for DEI

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

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.