Dear Downtown Advocate,
On June 20 the mdc and East Town Business Partnership hosted a business forum titled “Toward an Inclusive Downtown.” The presenters described year long process where 100 leaders representing 72 organizations provided a strategy for the business community to grow as a stronger force for inclusion in the marketplace generally and the downtown in specific.
The call to action at the forum included an invite to participate in a new series of leadership learning cohorts focused on equity and inclusion. We have attached a flyer that provides all of the details that you and your organization need to consider participation in the Equity Leadership Institute Cohort or the Executive Leadership Institute. All of the dates, times, fees and structure is in the brochure.
We are also pleased to offer the following additional benefits as part of the program:
- $100 discount for Downtown Council members
- One-week pass to Downtown YMCA
- Free one-hour consultation from NEKA brand consultants
- Additional learning materials after each session you can use to work with staff
- Continental breakfast and lunch provided
You can register at this link: www.ymcamn.org/EIC. Enter this code if you are a member of the mdc or the ETBP: 201773301
One final item to mention. Sam Singer is a consultant working with the YMCA and the MDC to market the program to the business community. Singer led local, regional and national sales and operations teams in fortune 100 organizations and has a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion including an initiative that he launched for T-Mobile USA. He is available to answer questions about the cohort and can be reached at [email protected].
Toward a more inclusive downtown,
Executive Director for the East Town Business Partnership and
Director of Downtown Partnerships for the Minneapolis Downtown Council
June 20, Business Forum Featured Presenters:
- Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls, Chief Social Responsibility Officer, Greater Twin Cities YMCA
- Dr. Ramón Pastrano, President and CEO, Impact Lives
- Dan Collison, Director of Downtown Partnerships, Minneapolis Downtown Council-DID and Executive Director, East Town Business Partnership