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The 2024 DEI Awards will be held on September 10 from 4:30 – 8:00 PM. REGISTER HERE.


As companies and individuals embark or continue on 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, community efforts, and more.

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Workplace Excellence Awards has been a community-fueled event since 2021. Check out the highlight video from last year’s event. With a room full of 300+ people from all walks of life celebrating the importance of DEI, we celebrate the work that’s been done and recognize the importance of continued progress. 

This event intentionally revolves around four pillars: educate, elevate, celebrate, and motivate. It not only celebrates those who champion DEI, but it also inspires others to expand their own initiatives. This is all about action and impact. With over 90 applications in the first three years, we can’t wait to see that increase in the future as we learn from each other and put in the work. 

This is all made possible thanks to the DEI Awards Committee, our partners, and our sponsors.


You can nominate yourself, your business, or others to be considered. Application criteria includes sharing how the work has impacted marginalized communities, how it demonstrates a dedication to DEI, how the individual/organization is acting as an advocate or leader for change, measurable outcomes and accomplishments, alignment with the WDM Chamber’s DEI Statement, sustainability of efforts, overall innovation and impact of work, and more. One supporting document may also be included such as a letter of recommendation, media created to highlight the DEI efforts, etc. 

Click “Apply Here” to learn more about the specific application fiels and submission format. 


11 Award Categories

Small Business: 1-49 Employees
Medium Business: 50-249 Employees
Large Business: 250+ Employees
Education Sector
DEI Leader of the Year: age 40+
DEI Emerging Leader of the Year: 39 & under
DEI Student Leader of the Year
DEI Ally of the Year
Best Inclusion Initiative

Questions? Contact the DEI Awards Committee’s Application Team at

Event Registration

Registration is officially OPEN HERE for this year’s event. We’ll see you on September 10! 

In the meantime, enjoy these past photos, courtesy of Christopher Maharry.

Donations & Scholarships

One way we further the impact of this program is through a local donation. A portion of the sponsorship proceeds is donated to a nonprofit who supports social injustice.

Previous donation recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, CultureALL, and the Latina Leadership Initiative. In 2023, Can Play received a check for $4,800! 

Instead of the WDM Chamber’s DEI Committee determining a separate nonprofit to receive the donation, we are excited to announce that beginning in 2024, the donation will go directly to the award recipient for the Nonprofit category.

Additionally, there are two scholarships granted each year. One $2,000 scholarship is given to the Student Leader category award recipient to support their future education. The other $2,000 scholarship is provided in the form of a full-ride scholarship for the WDM Leadership Academy to the Emerging Leader category award recipient.


Interested in being a nonprofit partner? Register here by August 1 or contact the DEI Awards Committee to learn more.





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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. 

West Des Moines Chamber's DEI Statement

This statement was created in 2023 by the WDM Chamber’s DEI Committee. 

“At the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, we champion inclusion as a fundamental value. We strive for justice, equity, and love in all that we do, embracing the rich tapestry of humanity within our community. We believe that belonging is the key to our shared success, and we extend a warm welcome to all.”

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