• News Release: Alicia Frieze Accepted into LeadDIVERSITY

    The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Alicia Frieze, workforce development director for the CB Chamber, has been selected to participate in LeadDIVERSITY’s fourth cohort beginning in September 2022. LeadDIVERSITY is a 9-month leadership program established by Inclusive Communities in partnership with the Omaha Public Power District, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and TriFaith Initiative.  This program is centered around creating organizational opportunities and conversations surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    “Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a staple of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, and the lessons and experiences Alicia will have as a participant in this great program will benefit our organization’s culture and DE&I efforts for years to come,” said Drew Kamp, president and CEO of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce.
    The CB Chamber has been focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) and developing programs and opportunities for associates, members, and our community. These opportunities include the Inclusive Job Description Workshop, DE&I in the Workplace Workshop, DE&I Training for staff, DE&I in the Workplace toolkit, Women Inspiring Women networking group, Executive Women Partnership, updated handbook and internal procedures and policies.  In addition, the CB Chamber will be releasing DE&I videos covering DE&I fundamentals, unconscious bias, DE&I for recruiting, and DE&I for retention.
    The acceptance of Alicia to LeadDIVERSITY will provide the CB Chamber with additional connections, resources, and education to continue our work toward growing a diverse and inclusive community and workforce.
    Alicia started her journey with DE&I work two years ago. Since that time, she has had the opportunity to join several training sessions and local committees.  “I am excited about the opportunity to continue growing my knowledge and work through the LeadDIVERSITY cohort,” says Alicia.  “The experience, relationships, and skills that will be taught there will forever be tools that I will lean on as I continue to address workforce challenges for our community.”  
    Since its establishment in 2019, LeadDIVERSITY has graduated over eighty advocates across three cohorts. The advocates selected provide an inclusive representation of Greater Omaha’s diverse community. “We are so excited to welcome this fourth cohort of LeadDIVERSITY, which includes advocates for Norfolk, Lincoln, and Council Bluffs, in addition to the greater Omaha metro,” said Cammy Watkins, Inclusive Communities’ executive director. “As we go into this new year, we are excited to expand connections and create a lasting impact on our community in the Omaha metro area and beyond,” echoed Maggie Wood, Inclusive Communities' other executive director.

    To learn more about the CB Chamber’s programs and offerings please visit www.councilbluffsiowa.com. While there please visit our programs menu and our employer resources page under the workforce menu.