The Greater Des Moines Partnership will host a series of diversity, equity and inclusion roundtable discussions with CEOs who signed the CEO Commitment to Racial Equity last fall.

Dates for the discussions have not been set and will be announced at a later date. According to a news release, the roundtable discussions will be designed to give CEOs an opportunity to share best practices, learn from leaders in DEI, and work collaboratively to measure their progress.

So far, more than 200 organizational leaders have signed the pledge.

The commitment was developed by the Partnership and its Inclusion Council with input from the Directors Council and Capital Crossroads leadership.

Fred Buie, 2021 Partnership board chair and president of Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Co., said the business community is “committed to continuing to listen, learn and take action to advance DEI to cultivate an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds.”

The Partnership has been reaching out to CEOs who have already signed the commitment to collect input on what the roundtable discussions should look like. CEOs who have not already signed the commitment are encouraged to do so.

“A diverse, equitable and inclusive community is crucial for our success in the 21st century,” said Jay Byers, Partnership president and CEO, in a news release. “Diverse and inclusive communities are able to attract and retain top talent to contribute to innovation and growth.”