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Past Award Recipients

2021 DEI Awards: Inaugural Year

Impact from 2021: 
Chair: Anant Bhalla, American Equity CEO & President
MC: Jen Carruthers, 11 Eleven Productions Founder
Applications: 38
Judges: 14
Award Recipients: 12
Community Leaders in Attendance: 235
Donation: $5,225 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa

Small Business Category:
MWH Law Group LLP

Medium Business Category:
Merchants Bonding Company

Large Business Category:
Hy-Vee, Inc.

Nonprofit Category:
Oakridge Neighborhood Services

Government Category: 
Small Business Administration

Education Category:
Des Moines University

DEI Leader of the Year:
 Dr. Rich Salas, DMU

DEI Emerging Leader of the Year:
 Jamon Harrell, Strategic America

Student Leader of the Year:
Ruffin Tchakounte, DMU Student

Ally of the Year:
Connie Wimer, Business Publications Corporation

Best Inclusion Initiative (1 of 2):
Sammons Financial Group

Best Inclusion Initiative (2 of 2):
Faith & Grace Gardens

Read the 2021 DEI Awards press release announcing the selected award recipients.