Diversity and inclusion have been brought to the forefront of workforce dialogue, and it’s a conversation that is long overdue. As I meet with Chamber members, it’s clear that the business community is thirsty for more information on this important topic.
As individuals we know that being intentional in developing a more inclusive community is the right thing to do. It just makes sense. Who doesn’t want to feel safe and respected in their communities, and to be accepted for who they are.
And from a business standpoint we need to do a better job of creating environments and a culture that are welcoming to all. As our economy grows, so does the need for more workforce, and we want a welcoming community to attract and retain the workforce of the future. We want newcomers to love this community and build their futures here. We want everyone to feel comfortable in their neighborhoods and where they work. And we want to empower leaders to be as well-equipped as possible to properly embrace diversity in the workplace, and to hire from all backgrounds and help them be successful.
To support these efforts, the Ames Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the City of Ames Human Relations Commission and Iowa State University Division of Diversity and Inclusion to host A Symposium on Building Inclusive Organizations: Practical Strategies for Business Development & Community Engagement. This half-day event on October 31 will provide practical strategies towards building more inclusive workplaces in Ames and Story County.
Our partners in presenting this symposium are telling of how important this topic is today and the impact on our future. What a great opportunity if those who are here from around the world can stay and build their lives here. Creating a welcoming community is an ongoing discussion and process, and everyone’s responsibility.
We are mindful of how important this conversation is to our community moving forward, and hosting this symposium is just one thing we are doing. We will continue to be advocates of NAACP, Ames Pride, the Ames Miracle Park and other initiatives that help build community, foster mutual respect and ensure equality of rights for all.
Join us on October 31 to build more diverse and inclusive organizations and help Ames and Story County be the most welcoming place to live, work and do business.