Inclusive Workplaces Cohort: Achieving Equity Together

Inclusive Workplaces Cohort: Achieving Equity Together

Thank you for your interest in the Inclusive Workplaces Cohort. Our application period is closed at this time. If you have further questions, please contact Becky Milbrandt at


This new initiative, in alignment with Ramsey County’s Economic Competitiveness and Inclusion Plan, will support employers in becoming more inclusive workplaces to ensure we are amplifying the diversity of our community as a tool for economic growth. Organizations in Ramsey County will have the opportunity to participate in a peer learning community while advancing equity and inclusion in their organizations.

The Center for Economic Inclusion (the Center) will lead the experience by creating a learning environment that fosters discussion and sharing of ideas, while encouraging accountability through safe and brave spaces for confidentiality. The Center will provide skilled facilitation to guide the participants’ learning journeys using a comprehensive racial equity lens and the levers of systems change.

This program is sponsored by the Workforce Innovation Board (WIB) and led by the WIB’s Equity Committee with assistance from the Partnership and Outreach Committee.


Eligible employers must: 

  • Have a presence in Ramsey County.
  • Designate two participants who have decision making power or can facilitate organizational change.
  • Commit to attending all 10 sessions and submit a final project (three options available) demonstrating impact and internal organizational change.
  • Agree to have their participation in the cohort shared out by Ramsey County and the WIB.

Up to 20 employers will be selected to participate and influence the organization’s hiring strategies and efforts. Preference will be given to employers with 100 or fewer employees (including all locations). 


The goal of the cohort is to accelerate employers’ ability to advance racial equity and inclusion within their organizations and to support businesses who aim to leverage and sustain a more inclusive and sustainable workforce.


The cohort will meet monthly for 90 minutes over the course of 10 months beginning in October 2021 through August 2022 from 3-4:30pm at CEI's office - 370 Wabasha Street. The full schedule is below. There is no cost to participating businesses. 


Cohort Session Dates Session Title
October 14, 2021 The business case for racial equity.
November 11, 2021 Engaging key members and leaders in the racial equity discussion.
December 9, 2021 Examining where you are and determining where you want to be.
January 13, 2022 Creating an inclusive workplace culture.
Feb 10, 2022 Inclusive and effective recruiting, hiring, and retention strategies for employers.
March 10, 2022 Incorporating a racial equity lens to become a more inclusive employer.
April 7, 2022 Partnerships and relationships matter.
May 12, 2022 Five pillars of racially responsive corporate action - People, Procurement, Policies, Philanthropy.
June 9, 2022 Reflections and facilitated small group discussions on race, equity and inclusion learnings.
August 11, 2022 Applying promising business strategies, next steps, discussion of take-aways.


Questions? Please contact