Racial Equity Pledge
Greater Louisville’s Racial Equity Pledge challenges the region’s business community to build a more inclusive economy based on equal opportunity, advancing racial equity, and addressing the damage caused by systemic racism. By signing this pledge, we commit to pursuing inclusivity and equality for underrepresented and marginalized community groups and agree to increase efforts and transparency around conscious efforts to attack poverty, narrow the racial wealth gap, and increase equity for Louisville residents.
We recognize that living up to this pledge requires a necessary and comprehensive overhaul of the status quo; however, we are ready to seize the opportunity to create sustainable solutions over a multi-year horizon that will position Louisville as a leader in this work.
Signing this pledge is an agreement to pursue change intentionally and consistently within our businesses and the broader community. As business leaders, our time in history is now and our action matters, now more than ever. We pledge to make a difference by working toward minority business economic inclusion and actively supporting underrepresented and marginalized businesses and talent.
For too long, systemic racism has persisted in greater Louisville. Now is the time to take a stand and take meaningful steps toward a more equitable region. GLI has had a number of member organizations who have successfully implemented DE&I policies after signing the Racial Equity Pledge. See those success stories here.
Here’s how you can also live up to that commitment.
INSTITUTING FORMAL DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION POLICIES.
Establishing a formal DE&I policy keeps company leadership accountable and ensures that inclusion is prioritized at all levels within the company. Developing a formal policy ensures that all employees understand the company’s commitment to inclusion and creates the expectation to act when confronted with injustices. Unconscious bias training for company leadership is an important component to this policy so leaders can learn about challenges facing minority employees and effective ways to address other systemic issues.
DEVELOPING & EMPOWERING BLACK TALENT.
Louisville is the most diverse city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, with the Black Community making up 22 percent of the population. According to the most recent data from the US Census Bureau, our Black Community, both adults and children, makes up 22 percent of the Louisville/Jefferson County population. As a working-age population (age 18 and older), Black Louisvillians make up 16 percent of the city’s workforce population. GLI also represents businesses in the state’s 10 county Metropolitan Service Area (MSA), which includes Louisville and Jefferson County and which has a Black working-age population of 11 percent.
Unfortunately, Black Louisvillians often face barriers to accessing high-paying jobs and building generational wealth. It is important the business community works to support the Black Community by reviewing hiring practices and working to ensure companies and their leadership are representative of the community they serve.
SUPPORTING BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES THROUGH EQUITABLE VENDOR SPEND.
Awareness of vendor spend is an important component of promoting diversity and ensuring equitable opportunities for the Black Community to build wealth. Setting a tangible goal to diversify suppliers will allow companies to work with their Tier 1 and 2 suppliers and vendors, and ensure they are equitably spending their money and supporting Blackowned businesses in greater Louisville
Equity will not be achieved overnight, however, transparency is key to allowing for course-correction along the way. Companies should be empowered to set their own goals and metrics and report to their employees, stakeholders, and community accordingly. We encourage you to utilize community resources that provide suggested metrics for reporting and sharing with your specific stakeholders.
BUILDING EMPATHY THROUGH MENTORSHIP.
Mentorships help to cultivate young leaders and talent within the community. Often, mentorships are limited based on personal networks which has traditionally left Black professionals at a disadvantage. Companies should encourage their leadership to mentor disadvantaged youth in partnership with community organizations as well as develop internal mentorship programs for employees
In addition, reverse mentoring offers leaders an opportunity to build empathy by walking in the shoes of a Black employee and uncovering unconscious bias that exists within their company.
Frequently Asked Questions:
By signing this pledge, will I have to take on every action mentioned?
No, Greater Louisville Inc. recognizes and respects that companies have different priorities and capacities and must be realistic in the steps they can take to address diversity, equity, and inclusion. The above recommendations should serve as a starting point and we encourage companies to address as many items as possible outlined in the pledge. We also recognize this list is not comprehensive and support ingenuity throughout our shared journey toward inclusion. For instance, a smaller company may begin its efforts by participating in a job fair that is hosted in a diverse community or even making an intentional effort to market and promote current job opportunities in those diverse communities, while a larger company may be equipped to hire a consultant/liaison, fund a scholarship at a local institution, and/or offer a paid apprentice/internship.
my company operates outside of greater Louisville; will we be expected to implement these actions nationally?
No, the Greater Louisville Racial Equity Pledge focuses on the needs of the Kentucky-Indiana bi-state region and the 15 counties the Greater Louisville Inc. chamber serves. Our goal is to address racial inequity in the region, although we understand these problems are not exclusive to greater Louisville. We expect companies to do what is realistic for them and their operations, but we encourage your company to address diversity, equity, and inclusion where possible and practical.
my company has already implemented items outlined in this pledge. Should we still sign on?
Yes! This pledge is not all-encompassing but rather is designed to make sure companies in our region are able to maximize their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. We applaud your company for being a trailblazer in our community and committing to increased awareness and action around these important racial equity issues. We encourage you to sign on to this pledge as a continuation of your commitment to equity as you continue to seek innovative ways to create a more inclusive community. We also encourage you to work with your fellow businesses to share best practices and lessons learned.
where can i access more resources to help me achieve the goals of this pledge?
In the coming months, Greater Louisville Inc. will be sharing community resources to assist you and your organization in your efforts to promote equity. Greater Louisville Inc. is also working in partnership with GEDDI to launch a scorecard and toolkit to complement this pledge in May of 2021. While this toolkit will be available for all companies to consider and utilize as they commit to the Greater Louisville Equity Pledge, it is not mandatory for participation in the pledge.
why does this pledge specifically call out the black community? what about other minority groups?
The recent events around racial injustice in our community, specifically the tragic death of Breonna Taylor, highlighted that systemic racism consistently and disproportionately impacts our Black Community and there is a clear and urgent need for a solution. The inequities facing our Black Community are chronically pervasive and demand immediate action. This effort is a result of these events and our long-held belief that we must do more to promote diversity in the business community. There is a severe lack of representation for minorities in business ownership and the racial wealth gap continues widening. Greater Louisville Inc. is and will continue to execute strategies that address the entire range of diversity, including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other identities. Many of the actions identified within our toolkit can be applied to address gaps that impact other underrepresented and marginalized groups within our community.
do i have to share metrics publicly or with greater Louisville inc.?
No. The confidential information provided by your company will not be shared publicly and is instead intended to be used to monitor progress internally. If a company uses the GEDDI scorecard, the data will be provided only to the company itself. The aggregated data of all scorecards will be used to present a Community Scorecard that will outline the progress of the region as a whole in specific areas like the composition of Boards of Directors, purchasing power, and mentorship programs.
does my ceo have to sign this initiative on behalf of the company?
what is the difference between this pledge & other national pledges? why do we need another pledge?
While we know other national groups have rolled out pledges, this pledge and collateral outline important steps to eliminate the inequities that are specific to our community. It is important that we are working at all levels to promote inclusion, and as a valuable member of our local business community, your support is critical for our community to achieve equity.
Dana Johnson: Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Eric Jordan: Manager of Diversity and Inclusion Strategies
I have signed the racial equity pledge:
|a+h marketing||Lauren Hendricks||Owner|
|AACON GENERAL CONTRACTING, LLC||Michael D. Lathon||President / CEO / Owner|
|Ackerman CPAs, LLC||John Ackerman||Partner|
|Action Coach - Foster McCarl||Foster McCarl||Owner|
|Addictions N Me||Shannon Sutton||Founder|
|Advance Distribution Services Inc.||Brian Johnson||President|
|Advance Ready Mix||Camilla Schroeder||President|
|American Cancer Society||Kate Caufield||Senior Corporate Relations Manager|
|Appriss Inc.||Krishnan Sastry||Chief Executive Officer|
|Arrow Electric Co., Inc.||Scott Livesay||President|
|Avenues Unlimited Counseling Center Inc||Eric W Baker||owner|
|Asia Institute - Crane House||Joel John Buno||Executive Director|
|Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities||OJ Oleka||President|
|Baptist Health System||Gerard Colman||CEO|
|Baird||James Allen||Vice Chairman|
|Baxter's Corner||Mary Ellen Stottmann||Chief Craayon|
|Beam Suntory||Albert Baladi||President & CEO|
|Bellarmine University||Dr. Susan M. Donovan||President|
|Bellarmine University||Jessica Hume||Asst. Prof.|
|Beverly M. Gaines, MD & Associates PSC||Beverly M. Gaines, MD||President & CEO|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana||Gary Friedman||CEO|
|Black Community Development Corporation||Terra Leavell||President and CEO|
|Bluestone Productions, LLC||Matthew Stone||Founder, Chief Production Officer|
|Bandy Carroll Hellige Advertising + Public Relations||Susan Bandy||Partner|
|Breakpoint Technology||Judy Nichols||CEO|
|Brown Forman Corp.||Thomas Hinrichs||President Emerging International Division|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||Lawson E Whiting||President & CEO|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||Jane C Morreau||EVP, CFO|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||Alex Alvarez||SVP, Chief Production and Sustainability Officer|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||Kirsten Hawley||Chief People, Places, & Communications Officer|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||Marshall B. Farrer||Board of Directors & SVP, President of Europe|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||Jane C Morreau||EVP, CFO|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||Matias Bentel||Chief Brands Officer|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||Matthew Hamel||Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||John Vincent Hayes||Senior Vice President, President USA & Canada|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||Timothy M Nall||SVP, CIO|
|Brown-Forman Corp.||Ralph de Chabert||SVP, Chief Diversity & Global Community Relations Officer|
|C2 Strategic Communications||Chad Carlton||President|
|Caesars Southern Indiana||Brad Seigel||SVP & General Manager|
|Canopy Certified, Inc.||Lauren Cline||Integrator|
|Clark Security Group||tim R Gritton||Corporate Manager|
|Coalition for Workforce Diversity||Kitty Zachery||Executive Director|
|Coca Cola||Deshawn Price||Team Lead|
|Code Louisville||Violet Skinner||Operations Manager|
|CORK N BOTTLE LIQUORS||FERRIS R SHUNNARAH||OWNER/OPERATOR|
|Core Fluency Pilates||Laura Porter Blackburn||Owner/Master Teacher|
|Dean Dorton||David Bundy||President & CEO|
|Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP||James Irving||Office Managing Partner|
|Dinsmore & Shohl LLP||Clifford H. Ashburner||Partner|
|DMLO CPAS + Advisors||Chris Ward||President|
|ECT Services, Inc.||Jeffrey M. Murphy||President and CEO|
|Facilities Management Services||Carmen Moreno-Rivera||President|
|Fieldtrip||Jane Pfeiffer||Founder & President|
|Fifth Third Bank||Kimberly Halbauer||Regional President|
|Finespun Clothing||Matthew Multerer||CEO|
|Five Step Leadership||Sherice Kral||Owner/Certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach|
|Frazier History Museum||Andy Treinen||President & CEO|
|Ford Motor Company||John Savona||Vice President Manufacturing and Labor Affairs|
|Frost Brown Todd||Geoffrey White||Louisville Member-in-Charge|
|GBBN Architects||Jason Groneck||Principal|
|GE Appliances a Haier company||Kevin Nolan||President and CEO|
|H2R CONSULTING LLC||Kelley Helgeson||President|
|HR Affiliates||Blair Gordon||Managing Member|
|HR Affiliates||Jennifer Wheatley||President|
|HJI Supply Chain Solutions||Condrad M Daniels||President|
|Humana||Tim Huval||Chief Administration Officer|
|Impact Sales Systems||Amy Rudy||Chief Impact Officer|
|Ingenium Talent||Courtney Wileman||Project Manager|
|Innovative Therapeutix, Inc.||Michael R Detmer||CEO and Co-Founder|
|Interfaith Paths to Peace||Jud Hendrix||Executive Director|
|Iristify LLC||Aly Flagel Goldberg||CEO|
|IQS Research||Shawn Herbig||President and Founder|
|Jefferson Community and Technical College||Ty J Handy||President|
|Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Inc.||Debra Hoffer||President|
|KentuckianaWorks||Michael Gritton||Executive Director|
|Kentucky Career Center||Zakiyyah Raymore||Operations Manager|
|Kentucky College of Art and Design||Moira Scott Payne||President|
|Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay||Stephen D. Johnson||Director of Corporate Alliances|
|Kentucky Opera||Barbara Lynne Jamison||CEO/General Director|
|KFC-US||John Mays||Director of Equity and Inclusion|
|Kindred Healthcare||Jason Zachariah||President and COO|
|KMAC Museum||Michelle Staggs||Executive Director|
|KM STEMLER CO INC||Kerry Stemler||president|
|KPFF, Inc.||Greg Buccola||Managing Principal|
|Leadership Louisville Center||Cynthia Knapek||President|
|LG&E and KU Energy, LLC||Paul W Thompson||CEO and President|
|LG&E and KU Energy, LLC||Michelle Thompson||Supplier Diversity Manager|
|Lodgic Everyday Community||Cheryl Farr||CEO|
|Lodgic Everyday Community||Dusti Avery||Human Resources Generalist|
|Lodgic Holdings||Andrew Held||Managing Director|
|Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District||James A. Parrott||Chief Executive Officer|
|Louisville Ballet||Eric Isaacson||Interim Executive Director|
|Louisville Business First||Lisa Benson||Publisher and market president|
|Louisville Community Grocery||Delores Butler||President|
|Louisville Community Grocery||Delores Butler||President|
|Louisville Independent Business Alliance||Jennifer Rubenstein||Executive Director|
|Louisville Metro Council||David James||President|
|Louisville Paving & Construction Co||Hunter Strickler||Executive Vice President|
|Louisville Regional Airport Authority||Brenda Allen||Vice President of Legal Affairs & Corporate Culture|
|Louisville Regional Airport Authority||Danny E Mann||Executive Director|
|Louisville Sports Commission||Karl Schmitt||President & CEO|
|Louisville Tourism||Karen Williams||President & CEO|
|Louisville Urban League, Inc.||Sadiqa Reynolds||President & CEO|
|Louisville Water Company||Spencer Bruce||President and CEO|
|Louisville Youth Group Inc.||Jason Peno||Executive Director|
|Mattingly Edge||Hope Leet Dittmeier||Executive Director|
|MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP||Brad Smith||Managing Partner|
|Metro United Way||Theresa Reno-Weber||President & CEO|
|Metro United Way||Daryle Unseld||Chief Equity Officer|
|Metro United Way||Melody Murphy||Chief Brand Officer|
|Metro United Way||Adria Johnson||Chief Impact Officer|
|Metro United Way||Joanna Erny||Senior Director, Executive Office|
|Michaelis Events||S. Denise Jerome||CEO|
|Middletown Christian Church||Sherry Moak||Director of Administration|
|Morgan Pottinger McGarvey||Melinda Sunderland||Managing Director|
|MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||Patrick Nessenthaler||Vice President|
|Muhammad Ali Center||Laura M. Douglas||Interim CEO and President|
|Nawbo Kentucky||Sarah Waskey||President|
|Noir Realty||Tamika Jackson||Principal Broker/Co-Owner|
|Norton Healthcare||Russell F. Cox||President and CEO|
|Ntaba Coffee Haus||Robin Mountain||Owner - CEO|
|Ntaba Coffee Haus||Robin Mountain||Owner/CEO|
|Option to Success Family Services||Eva Snadon||Executive Director|
|Patterson Dental||Meg Dietzel||Regional President|
|Pestinger Peak Performance Inc. - FocalPoint Coaching and Training Excellence||Greg Pestinger||Founder and Chief Vision Officer|
|Pluris Real Estate||Colin Underhill||President|
|PNC Financial Services Group||Chuck P. Denny||Regional President|
|Point A Consulting LLC||Steven Spalding||Principal and Founder|
|PriceWeber Marketing||Fred Davis||CEO|
|RJE Business Interiors||John Duffy||President|
|Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana||Hal Hedley||CEO|
|Saint Xavier High School||Daniel E. Martin, PhD||Instructor and DEI Coordinator|
|Saint Xavier High School||Sarah Jarboe||Librarian|
|Saint Xavier High School||Annalee Abell||Teacher|
|Saint Xavier High School||Nathan Bird||Spanish Teacher; Advocate of DEI initiatives|
|Saint Xavier High School||Sorin Spohn||Assistant Principal|
|Semonin Realtors||Donna Williams||Agent|
|Seven Counties Services/Bellewood & Brooklawn||Abby Drane||President & CEO|
|Spectrum Reach||Stephanie J Williams||Field Marketing Manager|
|SOS International||Denise Sears||President|
|Spatial Data Integrations, Inc.||Rae Helton||CEO|
|Spatial Data Integration Integrations, Inc.||Audwin Helton||Owner/President|
|Speed Art Museum||Stephen Reily||Director|
|St. Francis School||Alexandra Thurstone||Head of School|
|Stephen C Gault Company||Stephen Gault|
|Stites & Harbison PLLC||Marjorie Farris||Firm Chair|
|Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC||P. Douglas Barr||Managing Director|
|Superb IPC||Michael Hesketh||President|
|Superb IPC||Jason Hesketh||Vice President|
|TBAIN & Co.||Tawana Bain||Ceo|
|TEKsystems||Joseph Franklin||Sr. Technology Recruiter|
|The Library Foundation||Chandra Gordon|
|Thorntons LLC||Simon Richards||President and Chief Executive Officer|
|Toni C Marketing||Toni Clem||Principal|
|Turner Mandley Turner HRC||M. Annette Mandley-Turner||Executive Director|
|United Real Estate Louisville||Cheryl Brandreth||Director of Operations|
|University of Louisville||Neeli Bendapudi||President|
|University of Louisville||William Kyle Ingle||Professor|
|UofL||Toni Ganzel||Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice President for Academic Medical Affairs|
|UofL College of Business||Jim Warner||Coordinator Marketing and Publications at University|
|UPS||Jeff Wafford||Director of Public Affairs|
|V-Soft Consulting Group||Purna Veer||President|
|Velo Group||Carla Dearing||Partner|
|Waffle House||Jamie Warfield||Director of Recruiting|
|Waterfront Botanical Gardens||Duncan Cherry||Office Manager|
|Waterfront Botanical Gardens||Kasey Maier||President|
|Waterfront Botanical Gardens||Shalonda Brown||Director of Human Resources|
|Webster University-Louisville, KY||Wanda R. Shaw||Recruitment Coordinator|
|WellFront RS||Tyler Stickle||Dir.|
|Weyland Ventures||Mariah Gratz||CEO|
|WHPH Group Inc. dba My Salon Suite||David James||President|
|WIST Data Solutions LLC||Judith Youngblood||CEO|
|Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP||Franklin K. Jelsma||Managing Partner|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||Moumita Dutta||Assistant Manager|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||David Gibbs||Chief Executive Officer|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||Tracy Skeans||Chief Operating Officer & Chief People Officer|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||Scott Catlett||Chief Legal & Franchising Officer|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||James Fripp||Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||Jerilan Greene||Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer; Chairman/CEO, Yum! Foundation|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||Dave Russell||Senior Vice President, Finance & Corporate Controller|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||Mike Lenihan||Vice President, Corporate Finance|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||Jason Graf||Vice President, IT Shared Services|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||Mark Lagestee||Yum! Corporate Chief People Officer|
|Yum! Brands, Inc.||Kevin Hochman||KFC U.S. President|