Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Collaborative

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Collaborative, a community leadership program at the Wilder Foundation
Driving diversity, equity, and inclusion in Minnesota’s workforce

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Collaborative is a community leadership program offered at the Wilder Foundation that provides chief officers and executive leaders – champions of change – with a space to share real-world, actionable ideas, challenges and successes about workforce diversity, equity and inclusion. Together with leaders, we work to close gaps in employment opportunities and strengthen our region’s economic forecast through more effective recruitment and retention.

The DEI Collaborative really allowed me to not just understand the process, the language, but the real meaning of what inclusion is.

Charles A. Zelle, Former Commissioner of Transportation (MnDOT)

What is the DEI Collaborative Program for Executive Leaders?

The DEI Collaborative brings chief officers and executive leaders within the Twin Cities and Minnesota together to support and strengthen their organization’s goals of a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. Through collaborative, facilitator-led sessions, leaders explore:

  • Organizational best practices and strategies
  • Approaches to closing employment opportunity gaps
  • Improving recruitment and employee retention practices
  • Personal intercultural awareness and competency

The amount of time spent for what you get out of this – and hopefully what your community and organization gain from it – is just enormous.

Dr. Penny Wheeler, President and CEO, Allina Health

Join an Upcoming DEI Collaborative Cohort

Are you a chief executive officer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion at your organization?

The next DEI Collaborative cohort will launch in Winter 2020. If you are interested in participating, please contact Victoria Ford at DEICollaborative@wilder.org or 651-280-2468

The demographics of our workforce and communities are changing. To be successful in the 21st century we need to create inclusive and welcoming environments that enable us to leverage the breadth of capability and capacity in the market. That requires leaders to build enhanced corporate cultures and broaden their own skill set. I found the opportunity to gather with other leaders in an open dialogue about these challenges and opportunities hugely valuable. I'd recommend it for any CEO.

David Mortenson, Mortenson Construction

Get to Know the Changemakers of the DEI Collaborative

Terry Rasmussen (Thrivent Financial)

MayKao Y. Hang (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation)

Charlie Zelle (Former Commissioner, MnDOT)

Everyone in my cohort agreed that the DEI Collaborative was one of the more valuable experiences they have had during our time in leadership.

Jay Lund, Andersen Corporation
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Collaborative is a community leadership program at the Wilder Foundation for chief officers and executive leaders.

Support workforce diversity, equity and inclusion in organizations across Minnesota

Meet Wilder's DEI Collaborative Team

Cardina Esparza

Program Manager, Wilder Center for Learning and Excellence™

Victoria Ford

Program Manager, Wilder Community Leadership Programs

Libby Freis

Senior Administrative Support, Wilder Community Leadership Programs

Justin Hollis

Research Scientist

Laura Schauben

Research Scientist

Damon Shoholm

Director, James P. Shannon Leadership Institute