2010 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
Eric Idehen serves as vice president and diversity consultant at Wells Fargo Bank in Des Moines, Iowa, a position that allows him to draw from his global life experience and language skills. Under his direction, the bank has developed mentoring programs and increased diversity recruiting programs and activities.
Mr. Idehen is currently a board member of the Iowa Council of Understanding and has been recognized for his volunteer work with immigrants settling in Iowa. He plays a key role on the board of the local Red Cross, is an active member of the Alianza-Latino Business Association and the Iowa Chinese Association, and was honored as the 2009 recipient of the Dr. David Jiagian Wang Award for Humanity.
In 2009, Mr. Idehen graduated from the first FBI Citizens’ Academy in the state of Iowa and has remained diligent in the creation of the Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association for the Omaha Division, serving on the executive board.
Mr. Idehen moved from Nigeria to Iowa 10 years ago to provide a better life for his family and has devoted himself to giving back to the community. In addition to his contributions in Iowa, he and his wife have also founded the Cornerstone of Hope, an orphanage in the heart of Benin City, Nigeria.