Equal Opportunity Awards Luncheon

Each year, the Urban League of Nebraska recognizes corporations and organizations with the Equal Opportunity Awards for their contributions to diversity and inclusion practices in the workplace and in the community. The luncheon is held the first Friday in December.

2017 Equal Opportunity Day Awards Luncheon

Friday, December 1, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hilton Omaha Downtown
1001 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68102
Complimentary parking is available in the garage.

For 2017, the Urban League of Nebraska is honored to recognize the following companies and organizations:

Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Award

American National Bank has a long-time commitment to serving underserved communities and supporting STEP-UP Omaha!, a program that has provided more than 3,600 youth and young adults with work experience during the summer.

Community Organization Award

The Empowerment Network coordinating the STEP-UP Omaha!, the Summer Training, Employment Pathway and Urban Pipeline program, working with youth and business across Greater Omaha.

Corporate Outreach Award

The Greater Omaha Chamber partnered with the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals to conduct the 2017 Diversity and Talent Inclusion Survey, which took a deeper look into the experiences of Black YPs and is helping inform diversity and inclusion initiatives in Greater Omaha, and for leading the “Strategic4Sight” initiative, shaping our city’s economic development for the next 20 years.

Honorary Chair

Rafael Maldonado III MHR, CCP, SPHR
Manager Talent Acquisition
Omaha Steaks International, Inc.

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Carlos J. Clanton currently serving as President of the National Urban League Young Professionals. When he was just 24 years-old, Clanton became Director of the Norfolk Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce — the first African American and the youngest person in history to lead one of the oldest local chambers in the country. Today, Clanton is Senior Director of Resource Development and Community Relations for the Hampton Roads Community Action Program and serves on the Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Virginia.

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Parking in the Hilton Omaha Downtown garage is complimentary. Valet parking is available for $15. Click here for a map and directions.


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Clanton recently completed an 8-year plus term as Executive Director of the Norfolk Education Foundation supporting the students and teachers of Norfolk Public Schools, and now serves as Senior Director of Resource Development and Community Relations for the Hampton Roads Community Action Program. In October, Clanton was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve as a member of the newly-formed Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.