Diversity & Inclusion: It is Good for Business, and Good for You

By: Anthony Arrington

Anthony Arrington PhotoFrom a professional and personal perspective, the presentation will demonstrate the business case for why companies need an aggressive, proactive D&I program.

Presentation Objectives:
To show HR and other leaders in charge hiring and managing people why D&I initiatives are a must, and arm them with data and case studies to take back to their organizations to leverage the initiatives.


About the Speaker:
Anthony Arrington is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated from Washington High School, and received his BA in Communication Studies from The University of Iowa. Anthony started his career in customer service at MCI, a long-distance telecommunications company. He then entered the staffing industry as a Recruiter and Onsite Account Manager for Kelly Services.

An opportunity to work in higher education fundraising led Anthony to RuffaloCODY, where he helped lead the University of California, Los Angeles phonathon program as the Center Manager.  Anthony returned to the state as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving for the University of Iowa Foundation, where he oversaw the phonathon fundraising program, and led multiple direct mail campaigns. Anthony returned to RuffaloCODY as a Senior Director of Client Services and Phonathon/Annual Giving Consultant. Anthony co-authored a book entitled “The Phonathon Manager’s Planning Handbook: Dialing the Details for Success”, a well-received guide to effective campus phonathon program management.

Anthony later reentered the staffing industry, helping start a local staffing agency in 2006, and then working in talent acquisition for Rockwell Collins.

Currently, Anthony is a Sales Executive at Manpower, a global workforce solutions company. He leads business development for the Cedar Valley, Corridor and Quad Cities markets.

As a service to his community, Anthony volunteers for to a multiple organizations. He is a Civil Rights Commissioner, serves on the EIHRA board, CR Economic Alliance Business Support Innovation Council, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy board, Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids board, Kirkwood College Career Services Advisory Board, is a member of the Fair Policing Committee, NAACP, Downtown Rotary, and supports several other organizations.

Anthony lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife and their dog. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, helping manage his oldest daughter’s modeling career, sports, and is a huge hip hop music fan.

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