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ImpactCR Be Real Series: Creating an Inclusive Work Environment


ImpactCR Be Real Series: Creating an Inclusive Work Environment

Wednesday, October 04, 2023
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

333 1st Street SE, Suite 100
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Join ImpactCR for a cup of coffee and our third session in our 'Be Real' series. This event will focus on creating an inclusive work environment. Speakers include Elizabeth Buch with the City of Cedar Rapids and Anthony Arrington with Top RANK. Read more about our speakers below.

Elizabeth is the City of Cedar Rapids' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager. A daughter of Mexican immigrants, Buch began understanding different perspectives at a young age. She moved to Cedar Rapids in 2013, knowing she wanted to pursue something that had meaning and aligned with her values and perspectives. Elizabeth graduated from Kirkwood Community College with an associate’s degree and Mount Mercy University with undergraduate and graduate degrees. Her understanding of diversity and inclusion from a nontraditional upbringing, combined with her education and skills, propelled her into a position at Collins Aerospace that served as a focal point for diversity and corporate social responsibility. Before joining the City, she was the Cedar Rapids site manager for the nonprofit Urban Dreams, helping underrepresented individuals attain opportunities for employment and advancement within organizations.

Anthony is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)®, Certified Diversity and Belonging Facilitator (CDF), and Certified Culture Assessor (CCA). A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he received his BA in Communication Studies from The University of Iowa. He has over 25 years of leadership, training, and consulting experience across multiple industries, including a decade of combined recruiting and DEI&B consulting experience. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Anthony has worked with organizations to motivate a change in culture through crucial facilitated dialogue and the desire to listen to understand. He skillfully uses facilitation, consulting, coaching, assessments, and storytelling to help organizations transform their thinking, understand the value of DEI&B, and embrace their role as intentional drivers of this mindset throughout the fabric of their organization.


With ImpactCR, young professionals don’t just come to exchange business cards; they come to create opportunities for learning and development, support civic engagement and to cultivate the future business and community leaders of Cedar Rapids. For over 15 years, ImpactCR has aimed to empower young professionals to discover their “why” and provide them the tools to act on it and create a lasting, positive impact on their community. 

Our vision is a dynamic, inclusive and diverse community where young professionals want to live, work and play. All events and programming are free of charge, and made possible by the generous sponsorships of our presenting sponsor Collins Aerospace and supporting sponsor Principal Financial.