March 2016

In this Issue

If you have any comments about this enewsletter, or would like to recommend news items or reports for future issues, please contact Hannah Nequist at ACCE.

Public D&I Statements

Last year, ACCE's Board adopted a commitment statement to diversity and inclusion. This important step for association follows a number of chambers who have made similar public statements. Check out the new Chamberpedia page highlighting chambers' commitments to diversity and inclusion.

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Greater Memphis Chamber plans loans to boost minority firms
The Greater Memphis Chamber will offer forgivable loans two six minority and women-owned businesses that complete an International Organization of Standardization (ISO) certification.

U.S. Chamber supports gender diversity on corporate boards
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has come out in support of the Corporate Leadership Act, proposed by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), which would require corporations to report the gender composition of their boards to the SEC.

Not surprisingly, moving the needle on inclusion takes more than a “pro-diversity” stance
This Harvard Business Review article explores the importance of attaching goals and metrics to organizational diversity efforts. Simply hosting trainings or saying a company is inclusive does not necessarily make change, and as the article argues, could even be harmful to the effort.

Upcoming Events

D&I Division Monthly Roundtable Call
Tuesday, April 5
2 p.m. ET
Please mark your calendar for the monthly conference call of ACCE's Diversity & Inclusion Division. Here's what you need to participate:
Dial: (267) 930-4000
Pin: 509-142-707

Join your peers for this best practice-sharing roundtable conference call!

This is an open participation roundtable conference call, not a seminar. Come prepared to share your thoughts and experiences, and build your professional network!

**Want to catch up on the group's past discussions? Visit the Diversity & Inclusion Division webpage for access to recordings of recent monthly calls.

ACCE's Annual Convention  
Savannah, GA
August 9-12, 2016

Convention registration opens April 4. Make sure to plan your travel to attend the D&I Division in-person meeting, currently scheduled for Thursday, August 11, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Call for Help

D&I Speaker Resource Library
Division members have asked ACCE to help them create a who's who list for speakers, facilitators and experts on Diversity and Inclusion topics. If you've hired such an individual or organization in the past that you would recommend for use by another chamber, please consider sending us their information. Please send any submissions to Hannah Nequist and include the following information:

  • Speaker/contact name and organization
  • Contact phone number and/or email address
  • Base of operations (which area of the country they hail from)
  • Topic areas of expertise
  • Program or project for which you used them

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