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Contest Goal:

To highlight companies making a true impact in the IDEA space. Committing to action and taking one step together is how true change takes place.
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IDEA Purpose:

At LWHRA the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee provide members with tools, knowledge, and the ability to help their organizations promote the values and practices of a diverse and inclusive workplace. We have come together to introduce the Business Case Contest where businesses must commit to making Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) to Action a part of their strategic plans. IDEA should treat equity as a 'need to have', not a 'nice to have', recognizing the social and economic benefits that flow from workplace parity–something that is a part of every decision a company makes. 

Contest Overview:

 
Participants


Submissions 
  • We are looking for participants from Washington State (may or may not be a SHRM member).
  • The IDEA Business Case should already be implemented at the workplace. 
  • You can self-nominate an individual or company
  • For the submission, you will have to choose
    IDEA category and the IDEA initiative. 
  • Prize: $1,000 to be awarded to each category winner. The reward is to further your IDEA initiatives internally or a donation made on your company's behalf to consultants or businesses who focus in this space. So get creative and tell us your story! 
  • Winners will be showcased in a virtual award celebration and on the LWHRA website. 
  • Interested winners will also have the opportunity to provide mentorship to future companies looking to implement IDEA initiatives. 
Present a business case with the following submissions:
  • Inclusive cultures, drive innovation, share new trends and best practices, partnering with leaders from inside and outside our organization to bring fresh and unique perspectives to the dialogue. 
  • IDEA that has a true impact, is committing to action and taking one step further, together! 
  • A video pitch in one minute or less giving us a brief summary of the IDEA. 
  • An essay of 3 pages or less–to why your IDEA has the edge and should be chosen.

IDEA to Action Fall 2021 Contest 

Companies with implemented IDEA programs can participate. 

  • Submissions Open From: Friday, October 1, 2021
  • Early Submissions Due: Friday, October 15, 2021

  • Final Submissions Due: Friday, October 29, 2021

  • Judging Period: Monday, November 8, 2021–Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Winners Announced: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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Categories 
Initiatives 
  • Black, Indigenous and People of Color, IDEA Consultants
  • Minority and/or Women-Owned Business 
  • Less than 100 employees
  • 101–500 Employees
  • 500+ Employees
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Training and Development
  • Social Change in the Workplace
  • Action and Accountability 
  • Racial, Gender and Ability Inequities 
  • Affinity Groups
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Workplace Bias 
  • Systems Analysis 
  • Performance Management 
  • Career Plans
  • Evaluation and Promotion

 

Submission Details:

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Important points for the video and essay:

  •  The essay can be a maximum of 3 pages, as a suggestion–limit your answer to 300 words or less per question (highlighting the keywords and/or points in bullets).

  • Please note the video does not need to be full production quality. A mobile video snippet is perfectly acceptable and encouraged. 



ESSAY SUBMISSION:

1. SUMMARY: A summary or overview to understand the overall success story, including how it best embodied an "IDEA to Action". 

2. INSPIRATION: What inspired this idea? How did you define the KPIs, the content of your framework, and your strategy? 

3. PROGRESS: Your current milestones and further next steps. 
4. RESULTS: What are the key accomplishments-short and long term-achieved by the implemented IDEA? Define quantitative and qualitative results. 
5. ALIGNMENT: How have you aligned the IDEA to the existing workplace initiatives?

 

DEI Partnership Opportunities:


Become a DEI Partner!

 

CHAMPION $3,000

  • Recognition from emcee during the awards presentation

  • Logo representation at the IDEA awards presentation + video reel

  • Featured in any IDEA marketing promotional material 

  • Linked logo included in all LWHRA weekly newsletters 

  • Listing on the IDEA's LWHRA webpage

  • Access to LWHRA Logo for partnership promotion (upon request) as an IDEA sponsor 

 

ADVOCATE

$1,500

  • Recognition from emcee during the awards presentation

  • Logo representation at the IDEA awards presentation + video reel

  • Featured in any IDEA marketing promotional material

  • Linked logo included in all LWHRA weekly newsletters

  • Listing on the IDEA's LWHRA webpage

  • Access to LWHRA logo for partnership promotion (upon request) as an IDEA sponsor 

 

SUPPORTER

$500

 

  • Logo representation at IDEA Awards presentation + video reel

  • Featured in any IDEA marketing promotional material 

  • Linked logo included in all LWHRA weekly newsletters 

  • Listing on the IDEA LWHRA webpage

  • Access to LWHRA logo for partnership promotion (upon request) as an IDEA sponsor 


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