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Omaha Companies Team Up for Diversity Week

Omaha, Neb. , June 26, 2009 – Five Omaha companies have joined forces to celebrate diversity and inclusion during a weeklong initiative that will feature a professional development conference, a roundtable discussion on diversity in Omaha and community service activity.

ConAgra Foods, Mutual of Omaha, Omaha Public Power District, Union Pacific Railroad and Wells Fargo organized events for their employees to emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and to raise the profile of Omaha as a community that seeks out and welcomes diverse talent. Business and community leaders also have been invited to participate.

"Diversity and inclusion are such important parts of the modern-day workplace," said David Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber. "As a business community, we are only as creative and innovative as our people. It's imperative that we recruit and retain diverse talent who can bring new ideas to the table and help Omaha companies learn, grow and adapt to changes in the community and marketplace. As we strengthen diversity and inclusion in our community, we make Omaha a better place to do business."

The week of diversity events will include:

  • Monday, June 29, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Durham Museum. A kick-off celebration will feature an interactive art project led by Tim Barry, an Omaha artist and managing partner of Hot Shops Art Center;  remarks from Barb Schaefer, senior vice president - human resources and corporate secretary at Union Pacific; and performances by local dance troupes and musicians.
  • Tuesday, June 30, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Union Pacific. More than 100 business persons and area students will be invited to attend a daylong workshop, "Developing the Next Generation of Multicultural Leaders." Attendees will focus on career development during a series of break-out sessions entitled "A Brand Called You," "Mining the Corporate Culture," and "Leadership that Matters."  At 3 p.m., more than 250 persons will attend a multi-generational/ multi-cultural panel moderated by Gloria Puentes, vice president strategic partnerships for Diversity Best Practices. The panel will discuss strategies for young professionals to transition successfully into the corporate environment and for business leaders to retain diverse talent.
  • Wednesday, July 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.  Puentes, of Diversity Best Practices, will facilitate a roundtable discussion about diversity and inclusion in Omaha. The event is designed to bring together leaders from the community, businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and local government to encourage dialogue about the long-term vision for a diverse and inclusive business community.
  • Thursday, July 2, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Veteran Affairs Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Ave.; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home, 12505 40th St., Bellevue. Employees from the participating companies will take time to give back to the community. Employees will visit veterans at the Medical Center and plant flowers at the Veterans Home.

Each of the companies organizing diversity week events sponsor internal employee resource groups or networks that promote awareness of diverse cultures and offer career development, networking, mentoring and community outreach programs. Throughout the week, event organizers hope to provide networking opportunities so that employees who participate may develop new mentor relationships. In addition, the week is designed to help members of employee resource groups at these Omaha companies develop new relationships, share ideas and achieve their diversity goals.

"This is a first for our community, and we hope it becomes an event that grows to include more companies, more employees and more community members," said Union Pacific's Schaefer. "We want other communities to look to Omaha and say, 'Wow! We want to support diversity the way they do in Omaha.'"

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

For further information, Union Pacific contact Mark Davis at (402) 544-5459 or Wells Fargo contact Angie Kaipust (402) 536-2204.

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