New signature program will build and empower the next generation of Diversity and Inclusion Leaders in Utah’s business and civic community.
The 2022 Spring Cohort of the Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Training Series concluded with graduation ceremonies celebrating the completion of the Salt Lake Chamber’s new signature program. The Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Training Series, sponsored by the Semnani Family Foundation and Zions Bank, was developed to provide newly designated or seasoned professionals in the field of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion access to thought leadership and program development.
“The inaugural cohort of our new Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Training Series represents a new chapter for leaders in our business community,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “They are committed to championing change within our communities and putting what they have learned into action at their organizations. The Chamber is honored to work with these talented leaders as they promote diversity and inclusion as a core value for business across our state.”
Cohort attendees learned from experts the business case for implementing a DEI program. This training will help participants develop a DEI playbook for their team, company or industry sector and infuse these strategies into their respective cultures. Implementing the strategy and tactics from the training will also build unity and relationships across organizations as they interact with other cohort attendees.
“The Salt Lake Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Training has enabled me to focus on people in empathetic, authentic, and impactful ways,” said participant Golda Dopp Ovalles, K-12 Educator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. “By defining what diversity and inclusion mean in my own organization, I feel empowered to transform culture and programming in a way that leverages our differences and cultivates humility and accountability. I greatly enjoyed getting to know the other participants and learning from their experiences – especially in the industries I don’t normally interact with. Everyone can benefit from training like this one.”
Participants were selected on a range of criteria that included work experience, a demonstrated commitment to D&I leadership and community engagement, Chamber affiliation, and future aspirations to serve on boards and advance diversity and inclusion within their organization.
The topics covered included:
The WHY of DEI
Unconscious Bias: How to Wake Up and Heal the Divide
Recruiting, Retaining, and Promoting Diverse and Equitable Workforces
Enhancing the Employee Experience
Fostering DEI Policies and Strategies to Improve Business Performance and Employee Appreciation
The Journey – Diversity, Inclusion, and Beyond
The Chamber is currently accepting applications until August 19, 2022, for the 2022 Fall Cohort. To learn more or apply for the Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Training Series experience, click here.
Spring Cohort of 2022:
Jacki Arevalo, Human Resources Director, Sweet Candy Company
Justin Banks, Sales Assistant, Stadler US
Michelle Brester, Director of HR & Legal Services, INYO Broadcast Holdings LLC
Evelyn Cervantes, Director of Organizational Transformation and Belonging, YWCA Utah
Krystal Davis, Director of People/Culture/DEI, Nexus IT Consultants
Kristy Denlein, Regional Volunteer Services Officer, American Red Cross
Sue Devereaux, Business Performance Advisor, Insperity
Brian Epperson, CEO, Target River
Nichole Farley, Director of Community and Economic Opportunity, Visit Salt Lake, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Julie Hadlock, Director Talent and Operations, The Children’s Center Utah
Ruth Hajdarevic, Director of Strategy and Culture, Air and Sea International
Kuulei Hanamaikai, Director of Search, ThomasARTS
Traci Houghton, VP Finance and Operations, Penna Powers
Raelynn Longhat, Director Talent Acquisition & Onboarding, Valley Behavioral Health
Brad Manuel, CEO, RSG Performance
Golda Dopp Ovalles, K-12 Educator, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Kevin Perry, Head of Talent and Operations, Struck
Trisha Rhone, Founder, Urban Sunrise Initiative
Mike Seltenrich, Digital Content Creation Specialist, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
Jarreau Smith, Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
Jeff Vanek, Director of Human Resources, Utah’s Hogle Zoo
Kirsten Ward, Employment Coordinator, Lagoon Amusement Park