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This is a competitive award. Submissions must earn a minimum threshold evaluation score to be eligible to win. One eligible nominee will be awarded per category.

The award(s) will be presented at Celebrate Aspire on April 25, 2024. Finalists are strongly encouraged to attend. Finalists will be announced April 17. After the event on April 25, Aspire will announce the winning companies via communications to other Aspire members, and via a press release to Central Indiana news media outlets, which is also posted on Aspire’s website.

Eligibility and Criteria:
Companies are encouraged to nominate themselves, or may be nominated by others.

Nominees can be a for-profit or nonprofit business in operation for a minimum of two years, and a current Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance member business.

Nominees must have contributed to harnessing diversity within their workforces and actively taking the lead to promote and champion the business case for diversity within the community or their industries. This award celebrates diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

Nominees’ overall contribution to the community will also be considered.

How to Nominate and Nomination Deadline:
Please complete the following nomination form. If you are nominating another company, please complete as much of the form as possible.

We cannot guarantee incomplete nominations will be sufficiently evaluated. We invite you to please make an appointment with the Aspire staff for assistance completing the form.

Nominations are due on or before Wednesday, April 10, 2024 by 5:00p.m. EST.

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Please provide a brief description of the business being nominated.

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* 3. Describe how the nominee company has shown exceptional commitment to promoting practices that advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in business leadership. How has this company bolstered equality across all areas of diversity; including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion?

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* 4. Diversity means having people of diverse backgrounds (race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.) in the workforce and in management.

Inclusion means that all of those diverse people have a voice in the planning and operations of the company or organization.

Describe how this company promotes both diversity and inclusion based on the definitions above.

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* 5. How has the nominee company shown outstanding initiative to promote diversity and inclusion either in the organization or community, making a positive difference in others’ lives through contributions to social justice, equality and diversity?

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* 6. Please share any additional information that will be helpful as we make our selection.

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