2019 Cultural Inclusion Summit
Our Education Board Member, Rachel Green attended the Cultural Inclusion Summit at the Holland Center on March 28 and 29. The Summit hosted by the Omaha Preforming Arts along with facilitators from Inclusive Communities is an annual event designed for attendees to develop inclusive leadership skills through the arts. The summit was guided by the themes of the Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY. Professionals gained valuable skills in creating inclusive work environments, understanding bias and skills to building a diverse workforce.
Attendees heard from a panel discussion featuring the producer of COME FROM AWAY, Sue Frost, along with cast members from the show and moderated by OPA Director of HR Gennean Scott. Local professionals attended the show the day before and then participated in workshops on the second day guided by themes from the show.
The major take away from this conference was intention; it is so easy to fall into your normal routine, surround yourself with the same people as you normally do, go to the places you always go. Intention plays in by intentionally putting yourself in situations that allow you to expand your surroundings, intentionally talking to the neighbors you normally don’t – ok, and you get it. Overall, the Cultural Inclusion Summit was a great reminder to not only keep diversity and cultural inclusion in mind every day, but to embrace it.
AAF Omaha’s Executive Director, Teri Hamburger visited the Creative Center on March 21st. Teri was welcomed by more than 40 Creative Center students and instructors.
For student members, AAF Omaha provides valuable insights into the worlds of advertising, connections and even job opportunities that will help propel student members’ advertising careers. Teri’s workshop included creative ways to get the most of AAF Omaha student membership benefits. The Creative Center students learned more about their member perks and how to take the next steps in advancing their goals after graduation.
AAF Omaha educates members on the latest trends in technology, creativity and marketing through seminars, monthly luncheon speakers, exhibitions and trade shows. Student members are encouraged to participate in all AAF Omaha educational events and programming.
The federation also provides networking opportunities in a variety of settings so students can make new connections, glean killer business advice and ideas, and expand their opportunities.
AAF Omaha isn’t just for professionals; we encourage young people to enter the advertising business and offer both events and scholarships to students focusing on advertising fields of study. AAF Omaha gives college scholarships and works with students at the Creative Center, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Creighton University and other area and regional campus throughout Nebraska and Iowa.