Diversity & Inclusion DirectorCompany: Mutual of Omaha
Role: Session Presenter
Session: Making It Personal—Inspiring Your People to Uncover, Deepen and Reveal Their Own Conviction for D&I (S5-A)
Angela Cooper is a change-maker with a passion for helping people operate at their best. As the Diversity & Inclusion director for Mutual of Omaha, Angela collaborates with business leaders to build diversity and equity, foster inclusivity and lead strategic cultural transformation. She facilitates culture-shaping sessions, unconscious bias workshops, and other inclusive leadership education for the company. She helped launch and lead the first employee resource group (ERG) at Mutual, the Emerging Leaders Network, and now Angela helps chart the course for the company’s 10 ERGs, which support the company’s efforts to attract and retain the best talent, build an internal support system for associates, promote leadership and development at all ranks, provide business insight and create customer value, and deliver the commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels.
Mutual of Omaha was the first Nebraska-based signatory of the CEO Action Pledge and is the 2018 recipient of the Human Resource Association of the Midlands Mosaic Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to workplace diversity and inclusion. Angela is an advocate and activist for D&I in the local community, offering free unconscious bias workshops for local universities and school districts, nonprofit groups, young professionals’ events, special interest groups, and leadership seminars. She sits on the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Urban League of Nebraska Council for Opportunity, Diversity, and Equity (C.O.D.E), working to make Omaha a thriving business and entertainment community where all identities flourish.
Angela is also passionate about wellness—she is chair-elect on the board of directors for the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and is a certified dance fitness and yoga instructor, teaching at the YMCA and volunteering her time to make fitness accessible and fun at numerous public health and wellness events.
She was honored to be a recipient of the “Ten Outstanding Young Omahans” (TOYO) award and is an alumnus of the Women’s Fund Circles and Leadership Sarpy programs. In her spare time, Angela enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, Quinn, son, Eli, daughter, Zoe, and puppy, Milo.