Inclusion in the Workplace: A Pride Week Panel Discussion

More than 100 people attended the Iowa State University College of Business Pride Week discussion, “Inclusion in the Workplace” Tuesday April 12, 2016.



This event brought together representatives from some of the college’s key corporate partners to discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion in their businesses. Panelists from Caterpillar, Kabel Business Services, KPMG, John Deere, and DuPont Pioneer helped us develop an understanding of how businesses are recruiting and supporting a more diverse workforce.


“Our goal was to provide an environment of learning and growing to help business students develop an awareness of resources that companies provide to address the needs of employees from underrepresented groups,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding.


“We hope the panel helped our students understand corporate-level implications of diversity and inclusion, and helped them grow as professionals in their fields of study and beyond,” Spalding said.  



During the panel, Spalding served as moderator. He introduced each panelist and invited them to share how their company is involved in LGBTQ+ issues, why it’s important for companies to incorporate strategies to employ, support and engage people from diverse backgrounds, and what future trends are anticipated. There was also a time for audience questions at the end.


This event was free and open to the public. A reception followed in Bergstrom Commons of Gerdin Business Building, with appetizers and beverages.


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The Iowa State University College of Business is among the top 50 public business programs in the country. The College offers a wide variety of programs to maximize student potential, connects students with professionals through case competitions, interactive learning, study abroad, internships and ultimately successful employment. 


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(left to right): Chad Libertus, KPMG; Mitch Derr, DuPont Pioneer; Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding, College of Business; Danny Beyer, Kabel Business Services; Brian Bledsoe, Caterpillar; and Kristina Voyna, John Deere

Contact: Michele Appelgate, College of Business

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