Vice President and Chief Diversity OfficerCompany: Mutual of Omaha
Role: Podcast Presenter / Session Presenter
Podcast Ep. 43 – Elevate Your Change Management Game: Accelerating Progress Through Strategic Intention
2019 Conference Session: Making It Personal—Inspiring Your People to Uncover, Deepen and Reveal Their Own Conviction for D&I (S5-A)
Angela Cooper is vice president and chief diversity officer at Mutual of Omaha. In this position, she collaborates with stakeholders and leaders to help the company leverage diversity and inclusion as strategic business drivers elevating innovation, decision-making, engagement, productivity and customer orientation. She leads the implementation of multiple initiatives in support of D&I strategy and personally facilitates unconscious bias and inclusive leadership education for employees. She also serves as a facilitator for the company’s culture-shaping workshops.
Angela joined Mutual of Omaha in 2000 and has held multiple roles spanning the disciplines of communication, change management, project/portfolio leadership, operations management and process engineering. She helped position Mutual of Omaha to lead the way as the first Nebraska-based signatory of the national CEO Action Pledge for Diversity & Inclusion, and the company continues to be actively committed to building diversity and inclusion both inside and outside of their walls. Mutual has been honored as the recipient of the Human Resources Association of the Midlands Mosaic Award and also the Urban League of Nebraska D&I Champion Award recognizing outstanding contributions to workplace diversity and inclusion.
Angela is an active advocate for D&I throughout Nebraska and the Midwest, offering unconscious bias and inclusive leadership education for local nonprofit groups, educators and school administrators, young professional events, special interest group gatherings, youth events and leadership seminars. She sits on the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Urban League of Nebraska’s jointly-sponsored Council for Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (C.O.D.E), whose mission is to build equitable access and opportunity in Omaha.
She is chair of the board of directors for the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, serves on the leadership board for the Omaha Network—a group of women leaders in the community, and she’s 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. Angela is a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans award and is an alumnus of the Women’s Fund Circles and Leadership Sarpy programs.