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June 19, 2020 11:13am

GLI announces the establishment of the Business Council to End Racism

GLI announces the establishment of the Business Council to End Racism that will provide a bold platform to discuss racism and inequities within the greater Louisville region. 

Earlier this month, GLI announced the formation of a dedicated council that will provide a bold platform to uncover the inequities within the city and region.

“GLI recognizes the deep emotions and frustrations felt by our community from the tragic losses of Breonna Taylor and others. We join the call for accountability and reform,” said Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, President & CEO of GLI.

The Business Council to End Racism will inform GLI’s current work of growing the regional economy, with a focus of how oppressions and injustices impact our communities of color. Initiatives that have been identified to date include efforts dedicated to building a stronger sense of belonging among underrepresented communities within Greater Louisville and developing dedicated talent strategies and business advancement opportunities for people of color. Ongoing policy work will also take on this focus as it relates to public education, workforce development and barriers, health care access, law enforcement and criminal justice reforms.

“During this pursuit of justice and healing, the business community must engage and collaborate in meaningful conversations aimed at uncovering the causes of racism and inequities in Greater Louisville,” said Cynthia Knapek, President of the Leadership Louisville Center and Co-Chair of the Business Council to End Racism.

“GLI is comprised of strong business leaders and trusted voices from the region. We need to use that collective influence to highlight the racial issues that hold us back as a city,” said Ralph De Chabert, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Inclusion and Global Community Relations Officer of Brown-Forman and Co-Chair of the Business Council to End Racism. “Our chamber of commerce is ready to make that commitment and work toward a prosperous Louisville for all.”

Recently, GLI welcomed a third Co-Chair to the Council, Jerilan Greene, Global Chief Communications and Public Affairs Office of YUM! Brands.

GLI is currently identifying business and community stakeholders to serve.  Additional details will be released in the coming days at www.greaterlouisville.com

“GLI recognizes our responsibility as a business leadership organization to work with others toward racial equity in our economy,” Davasher-Wisdom said. We are ready to serve as a convener and engage on issues directly related to race and inequities in a manner that will drive accountability and reform. We are confident that business leaders stand ready to reflect and embrace ways we all can contribute toward a truly inclusive economy.”

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