Diversity and Inclusion
Inclusive regions prosper. According to ACCE's commissioned report, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY: An Imperative for Chambers of Commerce
(Feb 2017), cities and regions that embrace diversity do better economically. The report outlines the business case for why chambers need a strategy to leverage diversity and champion inclusion.
ACCE adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Commitment Statement
: "For the betterment of the association, chamber leaders and the communities they serve, ACCE will champion access and equity of opportunity through intentional inclusion of all." (Unanimously adopted by ACCE's Board of Directors, October 2015) See additional examples of chamber Diversity Statements
. Learn more about ACCE's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Division
What is Diversity & Inclusion?
For businesses and chambers, diversity can represent:
- building an inclusive culture and environment where diversity is both embraced and leveraged as a competitive advantage,
- developing and retaining talent by encouraging personal growth and celebrating individual and cultural differences, and
- using the power of the mix -- strength that results from a team with varied experiences, backgrounds and styles -- to succeed.
Diversity and Inclusion Topics
Toolkits & Best Practices
See the DEI Resource Library
of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
Board Diversity Surveys
Articles & Reports
- Measuring Inclusion in America's Cities - Being more inclusive can make cities stronger and more stable and can give all residents a chance to improve their quality of life. A new Urban Institute project ranked 274 cities on economic, racial and overall inclusion and identified common building blocks of inclusive growth across different geographic contexts. (April 25, 2018)
- The Conversation Before the Diversity Conversation - Associations Now (Mar 2018)
- The Impact of Diversity: Understanding How Nonprofit Board Diversity Affects Philanthropy, Leadership, and Board Engagement - BoardSource (Feb 2018)
- Opportunity for growth: How reducing barriers to economic inclusion can benefit workers, firms, and local economies, a 2017 report from the Brookings Institution, outlines the ROI of inclusive growth, which Brookings defines as “improving the productivity of individuals and firms in order to raise local living standards for all.” A companion paper, Committing to inclusive growth: Lessons for metro areas from the Inclusive Economic Development Lab, documents the process of three EDOs as they work toward inclusive economic development in their communities. (Sept 2017)
- American Underground: A Startup Incubator in Durham, North Carolina - A 2017 Case Study from Thriving Cities that illustrates diversity and inclusion as well as cross-sector collaboration and serves a model of holistic thought that civic leaders need to adopt to create the conditions for thriving communities.
- If Your Board Looked Like Your Community - by Josephine Ramirez, James Irvine Foundation (June 15, 2016)
- Philanthropy and Inclusivity: A Longstanding Problem That Must Be Treated as Urgent - by Vikki N. Spruill and Diana Campoamor, Nonprofit Quarterly (April 7, 2016)
- Speed Museum Turns to a Spreadsheet to Increase Diversity - by Ted Loos, New York Times (March 15, 2016). The Speed Museum in KY has implemented a matrix system for improved board member diversification.
Convention & Seminar Resources
- Intentionally Inclusive - Presentation, handout, and book from the ACCE 2017 Annual Convention in Nashville.
- Measuring Diversity and Inclusion Impact - Presentation from the ACCE 2017 Annual Convention in Nashville.
- Stand Together for Prosperity and Against Discrimination - Presentation from the ACCE 2017 Annual Convention in Nashville.
- D&I and Economic/Community Development Track Pack (6 Sessions). Captured live from the 2016 ACCE Annual Convention in Savannah. Duration: 5 hours, 50 minutes. Cost: $49.00 for 1 year of unlimited access for all your chamber staff. Sessions include:
- Inclusive Growth: Policy, Programs, and Progress - Presentation handout from J. Mac Holladay, CCE, PCED, LM, HLM, CEO, Market Street Services; Bob Morgan, CCE, President & CEO, Charlotte Chamber; Courtney Ross, Chief Economic Development Officer, Nashville Area Chamber. From the 2016 ACCE Annual Convention.
- The Changing Face of America - Presentation handout from William H. Frey, Ph.D., Demographer and Sr. Fellow, Brookings Institution, from the 2015 ACCE Annual Convention
- Inclusion Beyond Race - Presentation by Sonya Hughes, Vice President of Inclusion, Grand Rapids Area Chamber, from the 2015 ACCE Annual Convention
| Diversity and InclusionLast Updated: 7/18/2018