Local chamber of commerce hosts diversity summit

The Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first diversity summit to “take on a bigger role in educating the local business community about diversity, equity, and inclusion (D.E.I).”

To accomplish this, the chamber has formed a task force of local business leaders to plan the summit.

“From a personal perspective, I realized that many of us are unaware of subtle discrimination in the workforce or how inclusivity really can make a business more innovative and profitable,” said chamber president and CEO Cindy Brief in a release. “I believe education is the key to increasing equity in our community and our D.E.I (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) task force wants the chamber to be a leader in this effort.”

The chamber plans to “highlight ways to build an inclusive business culture in Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, and beyond,” supporting its belief that “diversity leads to innovation and economic growth in our community,” according to chamber chair Andrea Jacobs, managing partner at Brodzki Jacobs in Coral Springs.

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson will be the keynote speaker. Coral Springs Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons will host a panel made up of Chevara Orrin of Collective Concepts LLC, Rene Cantu of Equality Florida, Carla Harris of The People Institute and Neil Wilcox and Leslie Pearce of Fiserv.

Sponsors include Baptist Health, Al Hendrickson Toyota, the City of Coconut Creek, Fiserve and Kelley Kronenberg P.A.

“Diversity and inclusion are more than just words for our chamber,” Brief said. “We want to be the business organization in our community to play a proactive role in developing, advocating, and educating our members on why being inclusive benefits our community and organization.”

The summit takes place Feb. 26, 9 to 11 a.m.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Unsplash

4 Comments
  • Michelle St Omer
    Posted at 20:13h, 18 February Reply

    Having worked in an organization that developed an entire program to push diversity and physically working in a diverse office, I can attest to the fact that diversity often brought new ideas along with new experiences. We basically learned from each other, had different ideas and perspectives that led to better problem-solving. Working in diverse teams often opened up dialogue and opportunities to tap into our rcreativity.

  • frank papandrea
    Posted at 20:30h, 18 February Reply

    diversity is critical to success

  • Kevin Kaminski
    Posted at 00:35h, 19 February Reply

    We can’t have enough of these discussions. Great example of leadership by the chamber.

  • Renee
    Posted at 09:19h, 20 February Reply

    Fantastic!

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