Covering the Whole Corridor

The Corridor Business Journal is committed to representing, appreciating and elevating all who are a part of our community. We celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion in company leadership, organizations we support, award recipients, and voices we seek to share information.

You are who you surround yourself with.

  • CBJ is 50 percent women-owned.
  • CBJ workforce is 82 percent women.
  • CBJ Leadership Team is 71 percent women, including COO and Associate Publisher Andrea Rhoades.
  • We have partnered with and sponsored Women Lead Change (WLC) and Diversity Focus.

The only thing exclusive is our scoops.

  • The newsroom is mindful of the need to cover and reflect the community we serve including different ages, genders, veterans, diverse backgrounds, and disadvantaged workers.
  • CBJ publishes focus issues each year dedicated to elevating different backgrounds. In 2019 issues include “Immigrants in Business” and “The Diverse Office.”
  • We publish an annual list of Women-Led Organizations and Women of Influence.
  • CBJ has devoted magazines to highlighting the value of different backgrounds in the workplace. Publications include Expanding Opportunities, which highlights women and minority-owned businesses, and Veterans: In the Workplace, which shares tips, special programs and incentives for hiring veterans.
  • In 2019 we launched the monthly podcast Diversity Straight Up hosted by Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington dealing with critical and practical conversations about diversity, inclusion and equity.

If you have suggestions for future articles or subjects, please email

It takes all kinds.

  • CBJ strives to include different ages, genders, and ethnicities in all of its corporate events. This includes featured speakers, panelists, and award recipients.
  • The first event hosted by the Corridor Business Journal was our annual Women of Influence Awards. Since 2005, we have celebrated more than 150 local female role models. We also provide free tickets to the awards dinner to organizations like the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois that are committed to helping advance young women leaders.
  • The CBJ Leadership Academy devotes a portion of programming to recognizing diversity, equality and inclusion. The class examines the benefits of diversity, employment laws supporting equality, and managing biases, stereotypes and behavior.
  • The CBJ Forty Under 40 Awards celebrate 40 individuals each year under the age of 40 who are making a difference as role models and leaders in their fields and community. Celebrating the event’s 16th anniversary in 2020, it is one of the CBJ’s longest standing events.

If you have suggestions for future event speakers, panelists or honorees, please email for more information.