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Diversity & Inclusion

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce values and promotes diversity and inclusion for a successful business community through:
  • ENGAGEMENT of diverse chambers and diversity and inclusion stakeholders
  • EXECUTION of high impact, high visibility events
  • IMPLEMENTATION of substantive programs that support diverse owned business owners
  • INTEGRATION of diversity and inclusion across ALL KC Chamber programs and initiatives
Hallmark KCP&L

 
WATCH OUR 2017 POWER OF DIVERSITY VIDEOS


2017 ACE Award Recipient Debra Johnson

2017 ACE Award Recipient Michael Gonzalez

2017 ACE Award Recipient Amanda Beaver

2017 Supplier Diversity ACE Award Recipient Terry Hedrick


Diverse Business Recognition Events

 
POWER of Diversity Breakfast
The KC Chamber’s POWER of Diversity Breakfast is the region’s premier celebration of the metro area’s culturally diverse business community, recognizing diverse workforce members and corporations that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Greater Kansas City Chamber values and promotes diversity because it enhances the business community and the economic development of the region through: increasing regional and global business development; expanded educational opportunities; and creating a robust community infrastructure that encourages all community members to make contributions using their special talents, expertise and knowledge.

Learn more about our our past Ace Award recipients and Champions of Diversity
 

Diverse Business Program

 
POWERConnections
POWERConnections is designed to assist minority and women-owned business owners in strengthening their business by leveraging the expertise of corporate partners. POWERConnections’ objective is to help minority and women-owned businesses identify and overcome barriers that typically inhibit their success. Through POWERConnections, the KC Chamber aims to produce a broad base of high quality, competitive and profitable companies throughout the KC region.

Apply for POWERConnections >>


Resources

 
An Equity Profile of Kansas City Region
The Kansas City Region Equity profile is one in a series of profiles being developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California. The Equity Profiles inform planning, policymaking, and community action in regions and states. This profile documents the rapid demographic shift of the Kansas City Region and tracks its performance on a host of equity indicators. Over the past three decades, the share of the region’s people of color grew from 16 to 27 percent, and is expected to grow to 42 percent by 2040. To secure a prosperous future, the region needs to implement a growth model that is driven by equity. This would entail strategies that address high poverty levels and create jobs for people of all education levels.

The Kansas City Regional Equity Profile, a Profile Summary, and a set of slides with the profile charts can be found at: www.neighborhoodindicators.org
 

 

Partners
 

The Chamber is proud to partner with leading business groups and coalitions throughout our two-state region to support efforts to serve and recognize area minority and women-owned businesses and our culturally diverse workforce. Check out these links for great information about important programs serving our culturally diverse business community.
  

2017 Diverse Business committee


Chair: Michael Gonzales, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
 
Tahir Atwater  Big Brothers Big Sisters
Terry Bassham  KCP&L
Marquita Brockman Taylor  Negro League Baseball Museum
Tricia Bushnell Midwest Innocence Project
Valerie Coyazo  KCP&L
Mike Cubon Ability KC
Gaby Flores Children’s Mercy
Adam Gebhardt  Cerner Corporation
Carla Gibson REACH Healthcare Foundation
Gwen Grant Urban League of Greater Kansas City
Julie Hickman  Diversity Compliance & testing Group, Inc.
Sidney King Liberty Bank & Trust
Adriana Martinez  ECCO Select
Joe Matthews  Sprint
Jake McMillian  Littler Mendelson P.C. 
Mary Meacham  DST
Bobby Morris-Culp Grant Thornton
Edgar Palacios  Blue Hills Community Services
Kirk Perucca Kirk Perucca & Associates Inc.
Roxanne Powers  Black & Veatch
Lakeesha Scott  Honeywell
Kendall Seal Women’s Foundation
Vanessa Sims UMB