May 25, 2020, started out as an ordinary morning in Minneapolis, but what happened that afternoon could not be more unusual. In the evening, news of the killing of George Floyd swept the world, raised important questions and discussed about systemic racism and racial injustice in America.
Senior executives at Central Insurance recognized a clear opportunity do more and do better. As a company and culture focused on caring for and about our people, it wasn’t enough to just talk about the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion. We were ready to continue prioritizing inclusion and opportunity across the organization to ensure that everyone at Central feels comfortable being who they are. In order to achieve this goal, we knew we would need a group of volunteers to help make this happen. From there, assembling a community of dedicated people to promote diversity, equality, and inclusion in the workplace became a priority – and Central took off.
The DEI Committee is Born
The DEI committee’s first call for applications was met with overwhelming interest. What we initially hoped would turn a few people raising their hands into more employees from different divisions and departments wanting to know how to help. From the many applications received, nine Central employees were selected to launch the team and lead our internal DEI efforts.
Click on the images below to meet members of Central’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team and learn a little about what inspired them to get involved.
Central’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals
When it comes to DEI, we are all learning together. We are working hard to foster internal comfort and vulnerability so that those difficult conversations can take place. Although our DEI committee is still in its early stages, the results have already changed attitudes and internal management. Ultimately, the goal is for all of our employees to come to work with the confidence that they can be true owners where they feel respected, valued, included, and welcomed. The more people, ideas, and experiences we bring to the table, the stronger we are as a company.
“The Center has made leaps and bounds in communicating honestly, which helps us to be open and respectful of our differences. That’s what success looks like; a place where everyone feels they can just be themselves.”
– Nicole Rhooms, DEI Board Member
The future of the DEI Committee at Central
“Right now, it’s internal awareness and buy-in,” said Nicole Rhooms, HR & Administrative Manager. “We are recognizing months of awareness and support events that connect everyone in the company by focusing on diversity, inclusion, and inclusion. We have also partnered with the Central team to share some information with our external audience. We are also working hard to understand our recent Gallup results and how DEI can help our diverse workplace. jobs. That includes rethinking everything from how we integrate new talent into our culture to our training to diversity because many jobs go a long way.”