• April 2021
  • A PUBLICATION OF THE GREATER SIOUX FALLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit to be held

DEI Summit
Dr. Abdul M. Omari

Community leaders, executives and business owners have the opportunity to explore the case for diversity, equity and inclusion programming in their businesses at the upcoming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Summit. The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Pathways for Inclusive & Equitable Workplaces to host the event, which will take place on Thursday, April 15 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

The DE&I Summit features keynote speaker Dr. Abdul M. Omari, the founder of AMO Enterprise, which focuses on leadership development and the inseparable ties to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Following his keynote, Dr. Omari will be joined by Kira Kimball, Pathways to Inclusive & Equitable Workplaces, to moderate a CEO Panel. The CEO Panel includes Joe Bunkers, Gage Brothers; Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, Augustana University; Michelle LaVallee, Children's Home Society; Joel Sylvester, Five Star Call Centers; and Steve Vlk, Marsh & McLennan Agency. Panelists will answer questions and share their experiences with DE&I programming in their businesses.

A key feature of the DE&I Summit will be the introduction of the DE&I Activator Series. This yearlong curriculum will support businesses seeking to implement DE&I programming in their workplaces.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit is free to attend, but tickets are required. Participants can choose to attend in-person at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, or online via livestream. More information and tickets are available at siouxfallschamber.com.


Keynote Speaker Dr. Abdul M. Omari

Dr. Abdul M. Omari holds a B.A. in global studies, a master's of public policy, and a PhD in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota.

For several years, he has taught university-level leadership courses. Abdul is in the business of human connection. He is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which focuses on leadership development and the inseparable ties to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Abdul is devoted to civic and public service. He served six years as an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota and currently serves on the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for AchieveMpls, and Civic Eagle. Abdul has been featured in Minnesota Business Magazine's "Young Entrepreneurs". In 2019, he was selected as one of 140 people nationwide to participate in the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School. Abdul has also been recognized as one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40 and was named one of Minnesota's Top 100 People to Know in 2021 by Twin Cities Business. Omari is a proud native of Minneapolis, Minnesota with immigrant parents from Kenya and Jordan and is a sucker for a good TV show and an avid sports fan.

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