From the breakroom to the boardroom: Creating a more equitable and inclusive work culture

3:25 - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 22, 2021

The results are in! Creating an equitable and inclusive work culture “makes sense”. Research has shown inclusive workplaces are more likely to be innovative and surpass financial goals. Diverse teams are attributed with making better decisions. Employees who feel a sense of belonging are traditionally more productive and less likely to leave.


 Jerri Arnold-Cook

Jerri Arnold-Cook

Missouri State University

Jerri Arnold-Cook, EdD, has more than 20 years of experience helping individuals and organizations achieve their potential.

She loves to create interactive inclusive educational opportunities. Arnold-Cook is a strategic development specialist, educator and co-founder of Rise Up, a conference to help individuals get out of their own way. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication at MSU. She credits her career, marriage and desire to promote inclusiveness to time she spent working in MSU's residence life and student affairs.

Arnold-Cook established the department of leadership and cultural programs and LGBTQIA Advisory Board at Missouri S&T. She also served on the chancellor's African American recruitment and retention committee and the diversity and inclusion committee. This helped develop Missouri S&T's first diversity and inclusion strategic plan.

She currently serves MSU as a career resource specialist and is the co-chair of a national women's knowledge community professional development committee.