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Ames Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 Symposium on Building Inclusive Organizations Featuring Keynote Speaker Ritu Bhasin

August 28, 2019

The Ames Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Ames Human Relations Commission and Iowa State University Division of Diversity and Inclusion, are pleased to announce the 2019 Symposium on Building Inclusive Organizations will be held October 29 in Ames. This year’s keynote speaker is Ritu Bhasin.

Ritu Bhasin, LL.B. MBA, is an internationally recognized expert in diversity and leadership development, the President of leading diversity and inclusion-focused consulting firm bhasin consulting inc., and the author of The Authenticity Principle: Resist Conformity, Embrace Differences, and Transform How You Live, Work, and Lead. Inspired by her own journey to overcome racist childhood bullying, Bhasin now teaches globally on how to live, work, and lead in an empowered and inclusive way.

"We are thrilled to bring a speaker of this caliber to Ames for this year’s symposium,” said Dan Culhane, President and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce. “Ritu is a fantastic speaker with a very important message that will resonate with our attendees. I am certain she will leave a lasting impression that has a positive impact as we strive to create a more inclusive and welcoming community for all."

The Symposium on Building Inclusive Organizations was designed for leaders and influencers in central Iowa, particularly those who impact hiring and decision-making in the workplace and who impact organizational culture and environment. Attendees will learn practical strategies towards building more inclusive workplaces. Breakout speakers and topics will be announced in September.

The inaugural symposium was held in 2018 with tremendous results. The momentum going into this year’s event is evident by the strong showing of support from local sponsors. Gold Sponsors are Mary Greeley Medical Center, Renewable Energy Group and Workiva; Silver Sponsors include the NAACP Ames Branch, Ames Community School District, the Cyclone Chapter of SHRM, and Barilla America; Bronze Sponsors include Burke Corporation, First National Bank, and the ISU Foundation, with creative support from Rippke Design.

Registration for this half-day symposium is $100 per person ($80 non-profit rate) and includes breakfast, lunch, keynote speaker, and breakout sessions. This event will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2019, from 7:30am-1:00pm at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center (2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames). To register or learn more, visit or call 515-232-2310.


For More Information:

Andrea Hammes Dodge | Vice President | 515-232-2310 | andrea@ameschamber.

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