Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division

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The ACCE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Division is the place for chamber of commerce professionals to network with peers, connect with industry leaders, share information and learn best practices about diversity, inclusion and minority business development.


  • Leverage members’ combined experience and knowledge to advance diversity and inclusion programs and practice throughout the chamber profession.
  • Provide chamber leaders with access to information, individuals and ideas that will help them build more economically and socially inclusive regions and organizations.
  • Become a forum to discuss new diversity and inclusion ideas and initiatives for ACCE and the chamber of commerce profession at large.

Focus Areas

  • Workforce - Concerted effort to recruit qualified employees from traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Workplace - Adopting policies and practices that include people who have historically been absent from your organization.
  • Marketplace - More deeply involve minority-owned enterprises in the regional economy and recognize the enormous purchasing power of minority groups.

Division Leadership

  • Chair: Doug Minter, Director, Small Business Development, Knoxville (TN) Area Chamber Partnership 
  • Past Chair:  Sonya Hughes, Vice President of Inclusion, Grand Rapids Area (MI) Chamber of Commerce


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Past Division Newsletters