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Greater Louisville Inc. The Metro Chamber of Commerce 2019 Chamber of the Year
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity Statement

Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) understands economic growth is inextricably linked to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this spirit, GLI is committed to fostering a business community where all people can thrive and show up as their most authentic selves. We know that our communities are more prosperous–financially, physically, and mentally–when equity is achieved. We recognize the systemic barriers that have prevented Women, LGBTQ+, persons with Disabilities, Veterans, Black, Brown, and Indigenous people from moving ahead, and our work is committed to correcting those injustices through our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. These efforts are vital for the development, sustainability, and prosperity for a more vibrant community.

To this end, we are committed to:

· Establishing a demonstrated top-down commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that is anti-racist and embraces all religions, gender identities and sexual orientations.

· Ensuring that employees at all levels of GLI promote the organization’s vision for equity and belonging by taking actions to maintain a welcoming and inclusive workplace.

· Strengthening, altering, and creating policies to achieve GLI’s desired diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes and advancing equity in the organization and the business community.

· Leading conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion and how they impact the success and sustainability of our business community.

 

How GLI advocates for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

A Diverse & Competitive Workforce

Kentucky will thrive most when it positively attracts and retains the best national and international human capital and talent. To further this objective, Kentucky’s primary, secondary, and postsecondary education institutions should adequately support English as a Second Language (ESL), foreign language, and global competency programs. In addition, state immigration regulations, public policies, and incentives in Kentucky should welcome and encourage top talent to settle in the Commonwealth. Immigration and positive domestic in-migration legislation should streamline compliance with immigration regulations for Kentucky’s businesses to thrive. GLI promotes and embraces diversity, inclusion, and equality. GLI strongly opposes any discriminatory legislation or regulation that might hinder any person’s desire to live and work in Kentucky.

GLI works hard to initiate, support, and promote inclusive strategies. You can learn about some of those initiatives below:

Power to Prosper Minority Business Accelerator

Racial Equity Pledge

GLI Racial Equity Agenda

NOW Louisville

View the full State Legislative Agenda

GLI’s Business Council to End Racism

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Events

Past Events:

Business Resources Civitas: Regional LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce

 

Derby Diversity Summit

 

Hispanic Business Council

 

International Community Partners

 

Louisville Small Business Development Center

 

Minority Business Development Agency

 

NAWBO Kentucky

 

NOIR Black Chamber of Commerce Inc. (NOIRBCC)

 

U.S. Department of Labor

 

USA Cares

 

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

 

Community Resources Adelante

 

Age Friendly Louisville

 

Asia Institute—Crane House, Inc.

 

Human Rights Campaign

 

Kentucky Cabinet Health Equity

 

Legal Aid Society

 

Living Cities

 

Louisville Urban League

 

Louisville Youth Group

 

Muhammad Ali Center

 

National League of Cities

 

OneWest

 

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana (WAC)

 

Educational Institution Resources Bellarmine University-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

 

Indiana University-Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs

 

JCPS Equity and Poverty Resources

 

Jefferson Community & Technical College-Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

 

University of Louisville-Office of Diversity & Equity

 

National Resources American Civil Liberties Union

 

Center for Social Inclusion

 

Diversity at BDO

 

DiversityInc

 

INTERiSE

 

OPM’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion

 

Public Relations Society of America

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

 

Diversity Committee at GLI

GLI Contacts:

Dana Johnson, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Eric Jordan, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion Strategies