Greater Louisville Inc. The Metro Chamber of Commerce
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Racial Equity Pledge

I 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.


Guiding Principles:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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?

Commitment from top leadership strengthens company buy-in and sets a standard for accountability. We ask that your company’s commitment to Greater Louisville’s Equity Pledge come directly from your CEO or top leader (in this community) and top-ranking business leadership at your company. Multiple signatures are encouraged in an effort to show company solidarity across those who lead departments, especially on a local level.

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
[email protected]

Eric Jordan: Manager of Diversity and Inclusion Strategies
[email protected]

I have signed the racial equity pledge:

a+h marketingLauren HendricksOwner
AACON GENERAL CONTRACTING, LLCMichael D. LathonPresident / CEO / Owner
Ackerman CPAs, LLCJohn AckermanPartner
Action Coach - Foster McCarlFoster McCarlOwner
Addictions N Me Shannon SuttonFounder
Advance Distribution Services Inc.Brian JohnsonPresident
Advance Ready MixCamilla Schroeder President
American Cancer SocietyKate CaufieldSenior Corporate Relations Manager
Appriss Inc.Krishnan SastryChief Executive Officer
Arrow Electric Co., Inc.Scott LivesayPresident
Avenues Unlimited Counseling Center IncEric W Bakerowner
Asia Institute - Crane HouseJoel John BunoExecutive Director
Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and UniversitiesOJ OlekaPresident
Baptist Health SystemGerard ColmanCEO
BairdJames AllenVice Chairman
Baxter's CornerMary Ellen StottmannChief Craayon
Beam SuntoryAlbert BaladiPresident & CEO
Bellarmine University Dr. Susan M. DonovanPresident
Bellarmine UniversityJessica HumeAsst. Prof.
Beverly M. Gaines, MD & Associates PSCBeverly M. Gaines, MDPresident & CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of KentuckianaGary FriedmanCEO
Black Community Development CorporationTerra LeavellPresident and CEO
Bluestone Productions, LLCMatthew StoneFounder, Chief Production Officer
Bandy Carroll Hellige Advertising + Public RelationsSusan BandyPartner
Breakpoint TechnologyJudy NicholsCEO
Brown Forman Corp.Thomas HinrichsPresident Emerging International Division
Brown-Forman Corp.Lawson E WhitingPresident & CEO
Brown-Forman Corp.Jane C MorreauEVP, CFO
Brown-Forman Corp.Alex AlvarezSVP, Chief Production and Sustainability Officer
Brown-Forman Corp.Kirsten HawleyChief People, Places, & Communications Officer
Brown-Forman Corp.Marshall B. FarrerBoard of Directors & SVP, President of Europe
Brown-Forman Corp.Jane C MorreauEVP, CFO
Brown-Forman Corp.Matias BentelChief Brands Officer
Brown-Forman Corp.Matthew HamelExecutive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
Brown-Forman Corp.John Vincent HayesSenior Vice President, President USA & Canada
Brown-Forman Corp.Timothy M NallSVP, CIO
Brown-Forman Corp.Ralph de ChabertSVP, Chief Diversity & Global Community Relations Officer
C2 Strategic CommunicationsChad CarltonPresident
Caesars Southern IndianaBrad SeigelSVP & General Manager
Canopy Certified, Inc.Lauren ClineIntegrator
Clark Security Grouptim R GrittonCorporate Manager
Coalition for Workforce DiversityKitty ZacheryExecutive Director
Coca ColaDeshawn PriceTeam Lead
Code LouisvilleViolet SkinnerOperations Manager
Core Fluency PilatesLaura Porter BlackburnOwner/Master Teacher
Dean DortonDavid BundyPresident & CEO
Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLPJames IrvingOffice Managing Partner
Dinsmore & Shohl LLPClifford H. AshburnerPartner
DMLO CPAS + AdvisorsChris WardPresident
ECT Services, Inc.Jeffrey M. MurphyPresident and CEO
Facilities Management ServicesCarmen Moreno-RiveraPresident
FieldtripJane PfeifferFounder & President
Fifth Third BankKimberly HalbauerRegional President
Finespun ClothingMatthew MultererCEO
Five Step LeadershipSherice KralOwner/Certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach
Frazier History MuseumAndy TreinenPresident & CEO
Ford Motor CompanyJohn SavonaVice President Manufacturing and Labor Affairs
Frost Brown ToddGeoffrey WhiteLouisville Member-in-Charge
GBBN ArchitectsJason GroneckPrincipal
GE Appliances a Haier companyKevin NolanPresident and CEO
H2R CONSULTING LLCKelley HelgesonPresident
HR Affiliates
Blair GordonManaging Member
HR AffiliatesJennifer Wheatley
HJI Supply Chain SolutionsCondrad M DanielsPresident
HumanaTim HuvalChief Administration Officer
Impact Sales SystemsAmy RudyChief Impact Officer
Ingenium TalentCourtney WilemanProject Manager
Innovative Therapeutix, Inc.Michael R DetmerCEO and Co-Founder
Interfaith Paths to PeaceJud HendrixExecutive Director
Iristify LLCAly Flagel GoldbergCEO
IQS ResearchShawn HerbigPresident and Founder
Jefferson Community and Technical CollegeTy J HandyPresident
Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Inc.Debra HofferPresident
KBDKatie BushCEO
KentuckianaWorksMichael GrittonExecutive Director
Kentucky Career CenterZakiyyah RaymoreOperations Manager
Kentucky College of Art and DesignMoira Scott PaynePresident
Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane BayStephen D. JohnsonDirector of Corporate Alliances
Kentucky OperaBarbara Lynne JamisonCEO/General Director
KFC-USJohn MaysDirector of Equity and Inclusion
Kindred HealthcareJason ZachariahPresident and COO
KMAC MuseumMichelle StaggsExecutive Director
KM STEMLER CO INCKerry Stemlerpresident
KPFF, Inc.Greg BuccolaManaging Principal
Leadership Louisville CenterCynthia KnapekPresident
LG&E and KU Energy, LLCPaul W ThompsonCEO and President
LG&E and KU Energy, LLCMichelle ThompsonSupplier Diversity Manager
liveFireJenn CallahanOwner
Lodgic Everyday CommunityCheryl FarrCEO
Lodgic Everyday CommunityDusti AveryHuman Resources Generalist
Lodgic HoldingsAndrew HeldManaging Director
LoubizWilliam DicksonCEO
Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer DistrictJames A. ParrottChief Executive Officer
Louisville BalletEric IsaacsonInterim Executive Director
Louisville Business FirstLisa BensonPublisher and market president
Louisville Community GroceryDelores ButlerPresident
Louisville Community GroceryDelores ButlerPresident
Louisville Independent Business AllianceJennifer RubensteinExecutive Director
Louisville Metro CouncilDavid JamesPresident
Louisville Paving & Construction CoHunter StricklerExecutive Vice President
Louisville Regional Airport AuthorityBrenda AllenVice President of Legal Affairs & Corporate Culture
Louisville Regional Airport AuthorityDanny E MannExecutive Director
Louisville Sports CommissionKarl SchmittPresident & CEO
Louisville TourismKaren WilliamsPresident & CEO
Louisville Urban League, Inc.Sadiqa ReynoldsPresident & CEO
Louisville Water CompanySpencer BrucePresident and CEO
Louisville Youth Group Inc.Jason PenoExecutive Director
Mattingly EdgeHope Leet DittmeierExecutive Director
MCM CPAs & Advisors LLPBrad SmithManaging Partner
Metro United WayTheresa Reno-WeberPresident & CEO
Metro United WayDaryle Unseld Chief Equity Officer
Metro United WayMelody MurphyChief Brand Officer
Metro United WayAdria JohnsonChief Impact Officer
Metro United WayJoanna ErnySenior Director, Executive Office
Michaelis EventsS. Denise JeromeCEO
Middletown Christian ChurchSherry MoakDirector of Administration
Morgan Pottinger McGarveyMelinda SunderlandManaging Director
MUFG Union Bank, N.A.Patrick NessenthalerVice President
Muhammad Ali CenterLaura M. DouglasInterim CEO and President
NAChase SandersNA
Nawbo KentuckySarah WaskeyPresident
Noir RealtyTamika JacksonPrincipal Broker/Co-Owner
Norton HealthcareRussell F. CoxPresident and CEO
Ntaba Coffee HausRobin MountainOwner - CEO
Ntaba Coffee HausRobin MountainOwner/CEO
Option to Success Family ServicesEva SnadonExecutive Director
Patterson DentalMeg DietzelRegional President
Pestinger Peak Performance Inc. - FocalPoint Coaching and Training ExcellenceGreg PestingerFounder and Chief Vision Officer
Pluris Real EstateColin UnderhillPresident
PNC Financial Services GroupChuck P. DennyRegional President
Point A Consulting LLCSteven SpaldingPrincipal and Founder
PriceWeber MarketingFred DavisCEO
RJE Business InteriorsJohn DuffyPresident
Ronald McDonald House Charities of KentuckianaHal HedleyCEO
Saint Xavier High SchoolDaniel E. Martin, PhDInstructor and DEI Coordinator
Saint Xavier High SchoolSarah JarboeLibrarian
Saint Xavier High School Annalee AbellTeacher
Saint Xavier High SchoolNathan BirdSpanish Teacher; Advocate of DEI initiatives
Saint Xavier High SchoolSorin SpohnAssistant Principal
Semonin RealtorsDonna WilliamsAgent
Seven Counties Services/Bellewood & BrooklawnAbby DranePresident & CEO
Spectrum ReachStephanie J WilliamsField Marketing Manager
SOS InternationalDenise SearsPresident
Spatial Data Integrations, Inc.Rae HeltonCEO
Spatial Data Integration Integrations, Inc.Audwin HeltonOwner/President
Speed Art MuseumStephen ReilyDirector
St. Francis SchoolAlexandra ThurstoneHead of School
Stephen C Gault CompanyStephen Gault
Stites & Harbison PLLCMarjorie FarrisFirm Chair
Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLCP. Douglas BarrManaging Director
Superb IPCMichael HeskethPresident
Superb IPCJason HeskethVice President
TBAIN & Co.Tawana BainCeo
TEKsystemsJoseph FranklinSr. Technology Recruiter
The Library FoundationChandra Gordon
Thorntons LLCSimon RichardsPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Toni C MarketingToni ClemPrincipal
Turner Mandley Turner HRCM. Annette Mandley-TurnerExecutive Director
United Real Estate LouisvilleCheryl BrandrethDirector of Operations
University of LouisvilleNeeli BendapudiPresident
University of LouisvilleWilliam Kyle IngleProfessor
UofLToni GanzelDean of the School of Medicine, Vice President for Academic Medical Affairs
UofL College of BusinessJim WarnerCoordinator Marketing and Publications at University
UPSJeff WaffordDirector of Public Affairs
V-Soft Consulting GroupPurna VeerPresident
Velo GroupCarla DearingPartner
Waffle HouseJamie WarfieldDirector of Recruiting
Waterfront Botanical GardensDuncan CherryOffice Manager
Waterfront Botanical GardensKasey MaierPresident
Waterfront Botanical Gardens
Shalonda Brown
Director of Human Resources
Webster University-Louisville, KYWanda R. ShawRecruitment Coordinator
WellFront RSTyler StickleDir.
Weyland VenturesMariah GratzCEO
WHPH Group Inc. dba My Salon SuiteDavid JamesPresident
WIST Data Solutions LLCJudith YoungbloodCEO
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLPFranklin K. JelsmaManaging Partner
Yum! Brands, Inc.Moumita DuttaAssistant Manager
Yum! Brands, Inc.David GibbsChief Executive Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.Tracy SkeansChief Operating Officer & Chief People Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.Scott CatlettChief Legal & Franchising Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.James FrippChief Equity & Inclusion Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.Jerilan GreeneChief Communications & Public Affairs Officer; Chairman/CEO, Yum! Foundation
Yum! Brands, Inc.Dave RussellSenior Vice President, Finance & Corporate Controller
Yum! Brands, Inc.Mike LenihanVice President, Corporate Finance
Yum! Brands, Inc.Jason GrafVice President, IT Shared Services
Yum! Brands, Inc.Mark LagesteeYum! Corporate Chief People Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.Kevin HochmanKFC U.S. President