D&I History
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Intro to page - this is our D&I JOURNEY


Foundational Stage


Fall, 2014

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) approved as a MSAE Board Strategic Initiative

D&I Task Force formed

Melvin Tennant, CAE, Meet Minneapolis and Dara Rudick, CAE, Management HQ to Co-Chair

Download Board Presentation

Winter/Spring, 2015

Day long session on diversity with Alexis Terry, ASAE | Download ASAE PPT | Download Personal Diversity Paradigm Exercise

Board approved changing D&I Task Force to a committee; goals:

• Identify the business case/perspective for diversity and inclusiveness in organizations

• Strive to be a model for other organizations to exemplify

• Strive to have membership be reflective of community at large

• Identify any existing barriers to participation

Summer, 2015

Completed ASAE Association Inclusion Index Survey | Download Index Survey Results

D&I Statement – Board requests more information and detail about what approving; wants summary of purpose, goals, measurements, role committee will play and what time/resources are needed
| Download PPT

Formative Stage

Fall, 2015

D&I Statement and Work Plan approved by MSAE Board of Directors; also added “Inclusion” as a Core Value | Download D&I Work Plan

Board approved $5,000 from reserves for board/staff training

D&I Scholarship opportunity - new

Ongoing – diverse speaker and communications articles/resources

Winter, 2016

Offered D&I Sponsorship for first time; New Sponsor: Meet Minneapolis, continuing to look for funding sources for future work

Spring/Summer 2016

Creative Catalysts selected to conduct membership D&I survey and provide training retreat for board of directors, committee and staff

Fall, 2016

Leadership Conference D&I session with Beth Zemsky, board member Mark Salter D&I personal announcement at lunch

Winter, 2017

2017 Work Plan

Fall, 2017

Timeline, D&I Toolkit

Future Stage

Winter, 2018 and Beyond

New Co-Chairs

Build the Business Case

Sponsorship