Meet Angela Cooper

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Mutual of Omaha

Angela Cooper wants you to put away the “corporate speak” and inspire a commitment to Diversity and Inclusion that’s real and genuine. She’ll be sharing how a Fortune 500 company in the Midwest empowers leaders and associates to advocate for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. 

Angela 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 our 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.

Cooper 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. 

Angela 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 was honored as the 2018 recipient of the HRAM Mosaic Award and also the Urban League of Nebraska D&I Champion Award recognizing outstanding contributions to workplace diversity & inclusion.

Cooper is an active advocate for D&I in the community, 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. Cooper is a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans award and is an alumni of the Women’s Fund Circles and Leadership Sarpy programs.

Hear Angela speak on advocating for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.

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