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The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal held a panel discussion on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Panelists included Mary Beth Ruthford, Director, RSM; Jenn Bonine, CEO and Founder, AI Appstore, and PinkPowered AI Foundation; Vikesh Nemani, Chief Administrative Officer of RBC Wealth Management; and Ouraphone Willis, Vice President of Engagement, Inclusion, and Diversity at UnitedHealth Group. Tiffany Orth, Director of Operations for Strategic Initiatives at the Greater MSP Partnership, served as moderator.

While always important, the topic of DEI has been shoved into the spotlight during these unprecedented times with the crises of COVID-19, the killing of George Floyd, and the ensuing unrest. As more time has passed from the initial shock of these events, the focus has been shifting from immediate commitments and listening sessions to seeing how organizations can sustain long-term action and can be held accountable to real impact.

“At UHG, we’re committed to creating a diverse workforce because diverse teams have deep-er connections to the organization and each other, experience respect and safety in their workplace, feel valued for who they are and can apply their talents in ways that make a difference. We work hard to attract, engage, and develop talent who understand and are responsive to communities where we serve, and create a culture where diversity and teamwork flourish.”

Read the full conversation by downloading the advertising supplement to the Business Journal.