July 2015

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Joignez-vous à nous à Montréal!
Join us in Montréal!

Montreal logo This year’s convention is shaping up to be another great one, and features some fantastic diversity-related content that you’re sure to enjoy and benefit from. Joining our remarkable roster of keynote speakers are Brookings Institute Demographer William H. Frey, author of Diversity Explosion, as well as several active division members. In addition to content-filled workshops and idea-sharing Think Tank sessions, this year’s convention will once again feature an in-person meeting for division members.

Review this list of relevant sessions as well as our full convention lineup and join us August 11-14 in beautiful Montréal. Early Bird registration ends on July 15.

ACCE Board Forms D&I Workgroup

At its meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 15, 2015, the ACCE Board of Directors formed a workgroup to explore the association’s role leading diversity and inclusion in the chamber of commerce industry. Comprised of members from the Board of Directors and members of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Division, the newly formed workgroup has two tasks: to draft a purpose statement for the association regarding diversity and inclusion, and to provide direction on efforts to advance that purpose.

The D&I Workgroup follows the release of the Horizon Initiative: Chambers 2025 report earlier this spring.

“The Horizon Initiative report is already impacting ACCE in profound ways,” said Tom Baldrige, CCE, chairman of the ACCE Board of Directors. “The report’s Population Shift chapter brought issues of diversity and inclusion into greater focus and helped the board see the opportunity we have to lead a more inclusive future for the chamber of commerce industry.” Baldrige added, “I look forward to working with my board and division colleagues on this effort and to building on four years of great work by the Diversity and Inclusion Division.”

An initial meeting has already taken place with additional follow-up planned throughout the summer. The group will report progress at the next board meeting during ACCE’s annual convention in Montréal with work expected to continue into the fall.

Members of the D&I Workgroup are:

  • Rick Baker, Grand Rapids Area Chamber
  • Tom Baldrige, CCE, Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Heather Briccetti, Business Council of New York
  • Richard Dayoub, CCE, IOM, Greater El Paso Chamber
  • Christy Gillenwater, CCE, Southwest Indiana Chamber
  • Brian Hall, Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Sonya Hughes, Grand Rapids Area Chamber
  • Jeff Hunt, CCE, Spring Lake Chamber
  • Lisa McGinty, Montgomery Area Chamber
  • Doug Minter, Knoxville Chamber
  • Val Patton, St. Louis Regional Chamber
  • Carlos Phillips, Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Denise Reid, Tulsa Regional Chamber
  • George Swift, Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
  • Tony Vedda, CCE, IOM, North Texas GLBT Chamber
  • Blake Wilson, Mississippi Economic Council


SC Chamber of Commerce, state government join forces to hold job fair for military veterans
On Tuesday, June 16, the state chamber in South Carolina teamed up with the state government and the Army’s Fort Jackson for an event. Military veterans could attend workshops on resume writing and interviewing, as well as other topics.

Mayor, Highmark CEO highlight African American Chamber luncheon
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania welcomed headliners Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Highmark President and CEO David Holmberg for their annual luncheon held on May 7th at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

Grand Rapids Chamber Creates Group for African American Women
After the success of its OutPro and MAP programs, which help connect diverse talent in the community, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has started a new networking program for Black Women.

Nissan Named One of DiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies for Diversity for Second Year
Recognized for its approach to diversity that engages both employees and community partners, automaker Nissan was named to DiversityInc Magazine’s Top 25 Noteworthy Companies list for the second year in a row.

Who’s WHO 2015: Nika White, The Wildcard
Nika White selected as the winner in the Wildcard category of the Upstate Business Journal’s 2015 list of Who’s Who.

Featured Resources

Click the links to explore a selection of valuable resources available on ACCE.org

Diverse by Design
Explore the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Diverse by Design report. First published in 2012, this report sets the bar on the degree of diversity and inclusion in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and looks at the issues through a business lens.

*NEW* Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)
This new page housed in the Government Relations section of Chamberpedia explores some of the issues surrounding the contentious Religious Freedom bills proposed around the country recently and includes links to samples from chambers that have taken positions on the matter.

Seventh Annual Diversity Summit - Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce
Check out the brochure the Montgomery Chamber’s 7th Annual Diversity Summit from September 2014. Packed with information and speakers, the theme for last year was A Clear and Present Opportunity: Intentional and Authentic Diversity Leadership.

You can check out more from the summit as well as other similar programs on our Diversity and Inclusion Events page.

Upcoming Events

ACCE’s Annual Convention
August 11-14 2015
Make sure to plan your travel to attend the D&I Division meeting, currently scheduled for Thursday, August 13 from 2–3:30 p.m.

D&I Division Monthly Roundtable Call
Tues., September 1, 2015
2 p.m. EDT
Please mark your calendar for the monthly conference call of ACCE’s Diversity & Inclusion Division. Here’s what you need to participate:
Dial: (760) 569-7171
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!

A topic for the call has not yet been identified. Contact hnequist@acce.org if you have an issue that you would like to bring to the group for discussion.

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