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Productivity: Invest in Yourself

May 23, 2023 02:50PM ● By Dell Nared
Dell Nared is Senior Director of DEI & CODE  for the Greater Omaha Chamber.

Photo by Bill Sitzmann.

Ssharpening your skills is a great way to continue to grow and advance in your career. Whether it’s industry-specific certifications or focusing on general skills, you can’t go wrong investing in yourself. 

The Greater Omaha Chamber offers many professional development opportunities throughout the year. Whether you’re looking to network, explore business-best practices, or sharpen your leadership skills, you’ll find a perfect program on our event calendar. Even better, if your company is a Chamber member, many of these opportunities are available at a reduced price.

The Chamber offers single educational sessions each month along with several multi-session series and day-long topical conferences. Join us on Oct. 20 for The Conference on Opportunity, Diversity, and Equity. We will empower you to transform your workplace for the better—and create an inclusive place for all. This full-day event is the place where you can learn from each other’s passions, experiences, and expertise while discussing how we will transform our workplaces, classrooms, and communities. This year’s theme is “Disrupt, Dismantle, and Discover,” and we’re excited to welcome over 800 DEI advocates and professionals to discuss how we create a more inclusive Omaha. This event will feature nationally recognized keynote speakers and regional breakout speakers with varying tracks for personal and professional development. Come ready. Engage openly. 

Leave empowered.

One of our longest-running professional development programs is Leadership Omaha. This 10-month educational experience helps leaders, both established and emerging, learn more about Omaha and each other. Topics range from education to economic development, and help class members gain a deeper understanding of how Omaha works. Graduates join a dynamic alumni group that’s had a major impact on our region, shaping the city through civic, personal, and professional works.

An example of an ongoing learning opportunity is the CODE Education Series. These workshops explore important diversity and inclusion topics, featuring a wide range of presenters and points of view. These sessions are a great way to supplement an ongoing DEI journey for business and employee resource group leaders. 

From a quick hour-long session to a more comprehensive and ongoing program, there are opportunities throughout the year. Dates and topics are updated regularly, so check our events calendar for upcoming sessions. We want our members—and that means their entire workforce—to take advantage of our programming. The best way to get involved is to jump right in. Choose an event that looks interesting and sign up. You can’t go wrong giving yourself the gift of connections and information. Get started at omahachamber.org/events.

Dell Nared is Senior Director of DEI & CODE for the Greater Omaha Chamber.

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2023 issue of B2B Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.  
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