Creating a Diverse Workplace
Educate and equip employers to foster more diverse and inclusive 21st century workplaces
CEO's Pledge for Racial Equity
The societal cost of economic exclusion has come into sharp relief, in recent history. With a rapid racial and cultural transformation underway, America needs to wake up and value difference in a global community that is 71% of color. According to reports by the WK Kellogg Foundation, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup, the economic cost of inequity to African Americans is reported to be about $2 trillion dollars per year. This directly impacts GDP, employment, lending, education, and health. A more inclusive and equitable economy makes the business case for the growth and full participation of African Americans and other communities of color in Chattanooga and Hamilton County.
The Chamber’s CEO Pledge for Racial Equity is a commitment by CEOs to intentionally enhance their efforts to achieve equity of opportunity within organizations and the broader Chattanooga community. The Pledge complements the Chattanooga Climbs goal to create an economically inclusive ecosystem which acknowledges and eliminates racial and cultural bias. This is accomplished by dismantling policies that restricts access to capital, prevents wealth creation, promotes incarceration, and limits training and education. We seek to create a diverse and inclusive Chattanooga that drives business development, influences regional competitiveness, and stimulates innovation.
Unity Networking Breakfasts
The Chamber’s Unity Networking Breakfast series encourages individuals to connect and grow their network. Held quarterly, these events focus on underserved populations and help connect them to the larger business community.
The Diversify annual summit and luncheon, presented by the Chamber, educates local business leaders on the impact and importance of diversity and equity both in their own businesses and the community at-large.
The summit portion includes breakout sessions that cover topics from gender and race disparity to disability.
Following the summit, hundreds of business leaders attend the luncheon to hear a keynote presentation by thought leaders in the field of diversity and equity.