OMAHA, NE – On Friday, December 1st, Urban League of Nebraska will host their annual Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon. The luncheon will recognize three organizations that endeavor to create a more diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. This year’s Equal Opportunity Day Awards acknowledges the impact our honorees have made on the lives of youth and young professionals of color in Omaha.
The keynote speaker is Carlos J. Clanton, President of the National Urban League of Young Professionals. At just 24-years-old, Clanton became the director for the Norfolk Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, making him the youngest and the first African-American in to lead one of the oldest local chambers in the country. Clanton will talk about the importance of engaging and retaining young professionals of color.
Awards will be given to American National Bank, the Greater Omaha Chamber and the Empowerment Network’s STEP-UP Omaha! program. American National Bank will receive the 2017 Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Award for their long-time commitment serving communities of color and supporting efforts to ensure that the workforce of tomorrow is diverse. The Empowerment Network will receive the Community Organization Award for their STEP UP Omaha! program, which has provided thousands of youth hands-on work experience at employers across Greater Metro Omaha.
The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce will receive the Corporate Outreach Award for partnering with the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals to conduct a survey to learn more about the disparities impacting young professionals of color. The Chamber also partnered with the Urban League of Nebraska and the United Way of the Midlands on an endeavor called Strategic4Sight, which examined Omaha’s economic future and how the community can end poverty, creating an Omaha where everyone can live, work and play.