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LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit set for Coralville

One Iowa hosts event Oct. 26 at Kirkwood Regional Center

One Iowa volunteers speak with an attendee of the LGBT Rural Summit at Drake University in Des Moines in August 2016. The group is planning a Workplace Culture Summit Oct. 26 at the University of Iowa's Kirkwood Regional Center. (Gazette file photo)
One Iowa volunteers speak with an attendee of the LGBT Rural Summit at Drake University in Des Moines in August 2016. The group is planning a Workplace Culture Summit Oct. 26 at the University of Iowa's Kirkwood Regional Center. (Gazette file photo)

CORALVILLE — One Iowa, an organization that advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community, hosts its first LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Kirkwood Regional Center at University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville.

A similar summit takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in Des Moines.

Tickets are $100 each with $50 tickets offered to students and those from nonprofit organizations. To register and purchase tickets, go to https://oneiowa.org/workplaceculture2017ic/.

Sponsorship, advertisement, and tabling opportunities also are available. To learn more, contact Erica Barz, One Iowa communications and grants coordinator, at (515) 288-4019, extension 3, or erica@oneiowa.org.

The event will provide resources for employers and LGBTQ employees to help them create safe and inclusive workplaces. Employers will learn about ways to improve their policies and retain LGBTQ talent, while LGBTQ employees and allies will learn about their rights and strategies for creating effective LGBTQ employee resource groups.

“For many of us, our workplace is where we spend most of our lives outside of our home,” One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. “If we don’t feel safe and respected there, it has a negative impact on our entire lives. Our goal for the ... LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit is to develop more inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ Iowans through collaboration with employers, LGBTQ employees and allies.”

Heather Schott, assistant director of diversity & inclusion at Principal, will serve as the keynote speaker for the summit in Coralville. In her current role, Schott is responsible for the diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives for the company’s global population. She also has worked across business units supporting product development, accounting, actuarial and operational functions. Schott is currently a member of The Conference Board Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council II and the Greater Des Moines Partnership Inclusion Council.

Amy Clefisch, principal manager for workforce and community inclusion at Rockwell Collins, said her company is honored to take part in the summit.

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“At Rockwell Collins, we know that leveraging our differences and maximizing our employees’ perspectives creates a culture of inclusion, increases employee engagement and helps our employees be their best. In our experience, diverse thinking fuels innovation,” she said.

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