The Evolving State of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Three years ago, widespread civil unrest became the catalyst for creating a more equitable business community. Organizations committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion, setting ambitious goals to instill the focus across their operations and culture. According to a LinkedIn study, DEI-focused job positions increased, leading to 168.9% growth in chief diversity and inclusion officer roles from 2019 to 2022. Today, due to the changing economy, business demands, and an evolving legislative climate, efforts are weaning for some companies. As the different landscapes that affect DEI continue to shift, our business community must continue to evaluate our ways of working, remain united in our commitment to DEI, and amplify how equitable and inclusive business growth is good for the region.

Kick off the first DEI Forum of the year with a panel of regional leaders including Russ Starke, CEO, Think Company, Lori Sutton, Chief Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Officer, American Water, and Brian Seaman, Partner & Chief Diversity Officer, Stradley Ronon, as they delve into the state of DEI in the workplace. They will share their priority areas within the space, how they are overcoming challenges, and how their organizational efforts are evolving. Learn what strategies and granular actions your team can employ on your own and through the Chamber's DEI initiatives to maintain momentum.

This Event is Closed


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