Inclusiveness@Work Non-Profit/Government Agency Nominee: The Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Aurora is the most diverse city in Colorado and the membership of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) reflects that rich diversity. To better meet the needs of its members and community, The Chamber has made Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) a top priority. In fact, DE&I are incorporated into all the Chamber does, internally and externally.
One of the ways The Chamber incorporates DE&I is with the Diversity and Inclusion Council. Created in 2015, the council is tasked with promoting diversity within the organization. Working cooperatively with the Executive Management and Staff, the Diversity and Inclusion Council is charged with educating, advocating and developing diversity awareness, and training the membership of The Chamber.
The Chamber is currently the only chamber of commerce with such a council, and is assisting other local chambers in the creation of their own diversity councils. In May 2017, The Chamber received an award from the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives for its 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Resource Summit.
A successful component of the summit is Resource Talks, where vendors shared resources to: help businesses diversify their products, services, workplace, and customers; create more inclusive work environments, and share marketing strategies to increase business. This summit also included a keynote presentation, “Understanding Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process.”
The council also holds monthly meetings, whereby expert speakers present on topics related to enhancing opportunities in the diverse business community and providing inclusive work environments. Some presentations included “Inclusive Diversity Recruiting and Retention Best Practices,” and a series of “Impact Stories from Local Immigrant Business Owners.”
A primary objective of The Chamber is to influence a positive business environment and encourage growth and long-term economic vitality. The Chamber continues to meet that objective by incorporating DE&I with education, outreach, networking, mentoring, and recognition programs that engage the entire community and support business leaders.
Share your thoughts on the nomination of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce in the comments below. Please join us when the recipient of the Inclusiveness@Work Non-Profit/Government Agency category is announced on February 10th at our annual Ball for All gala. Tickets and sponsorships are available on the CLI Website.