Racial Equity Series

Leadership NOW: Racial Equity Series

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber recognizes the importance of creating inclusive workplaces and communities. We believe positive change is accomplished by embracing diversity and inclusive practices through education, discussion, courage, and empathy.

The Racial Equity Series is an extension of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Diverse by Design™ and Leadership NOW! Webinar platforms. Responding to the call from Chamber members asking what they could do to address racial justice in their business; this 6-week Racial Equity Series provides education, tools, insights, and new perspectives.  

bi3 – Bethesda Inc.’s grantmaking initiative to transform health – is proud to partner with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to equip members of our business community with a better understanding of structural racism and the role they can play to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable culture and workplace environment.  bi3 fuels collaborations and partnerships to address racial and social disparities to improve health for all people and is working towards a day when every person has equal opportunity to achieve their highest level of health and well-being.  

This first session is open to the public and the rest of the series is reserved for our Chamber Members. If you would like to learn more about Chamber Membership please contact Monty Taylor mtaylor@cincinnatichamber.com 513-686-2945.

Session 6: What Can My Business Do? Be Part of an Inclusive Restart

8/26 | noon - 1pm

Have you wondered how your company can adopt more inclusive practices that support employees and your business’ bottom line? Join us for a lively session moderated by Audrey Treasure, Executive Director of the Workforce Innovation Center, to learn how you can assess your company through a racial equity lens and examine your business practices, benchmark your organization against others, and learn which practices could help you implement inclusive capitalism to make your company work better for everyone.

Audrey Treasure, Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Steve Shifman, President & CEO, Michelman 
Liza Smitherman, Vice President of Corporate Development, Jostin Construction 
Tom Williams, President and CEO, North American Properties 


Racial Equity Series Session 6

Session 1: What Can I do? Understanding My Personal Responsibility in Racial Equity

July 15 | noon - 1pm

Join us for a candid conversation moderated by Tommie Lewis, President & CEO of Make It Plain Consulting on how each of us can continue to uncover our blind spots, gain tools to navigate how to have courageous conversations around racial equity and how to lead as an Ally. We will also walk through a 6-step process that gets to the honest answer of “diverse from what”.  

Tommie Lewis, President & CEO, Make it Plain Consulting


Tracy Vroom, Principal, Tracy Vroom Consulting
Shawn Jeffers, Director, Youth at the Center


Session 2: Understanding Health Disparities & How Your Business Can Be Part of the Solution

July 22 | noon - 1pm

Join this session to better understand the health disparities that impact our local Black community and how your business can use this information to make a difference. Panelists will share resources and best practices that you can use within your organization. This session will be led by Felicia Beckham, MSN, FNP-BC, RN, Founder of Cincinnati’s Black Nurse Practitioner Network.

Felicia Beckham, Nurse Practitioner, The Healthcare Connection
Dr. Angelica Hardee, Vice President of Health Strategies, American Heart Association
Renee Mahaffey Harris, President and CEO, Center for Closing the Health Gap 
Jill Miller, President, Bethesda Inc. 
Kiana Trabue, Executive Director, Population Health Strategies, from The Health Collaborative

Session 3: Attracting & Retaining Black Talent 

July 29 | noon -1pm
Research shows that the most effective teams are diverse and leverage the diversity of the team. We also know that many businesses struggle with attracting and retaining Black talent. Hear directly from local Black leaders who will share their insights, challenges, and recommendations to create thriving organizations that leverage diversity.  This session will be led by Diane Jordan. Founder/President of Thembi Speaks LLC Management Consulting.

Diane S. Jordan, Founder/President, Thembi Speaks LLC Management Consulting

Jamahal C. Boyd, Sr., Chief Executive Officer, The Crossroads Center
Jesiah Brock, Executive Director, YMCA Impact Centers
Stephanie Smith, Senior Vice President, Fifth Third

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Session 4: Active Inclusion, Building Relationships That Matter    
August 5 | noon - 1pm

 Have you taken time to truly examine your business relationships? Join us for a session focused on building intentional relationships including employee sourcing, to vendor and professional service relationships, marketing channels and partners and intentional succession planning. Darrin Redus, Minority Business Accelerator Executive Director will moderate this panel discussion. 

Darrin Redus, Executive Director of the Minority Business Accelerator,
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber 

Regina Carswell Russo, CEO & Founder RRight Now Communications, LLC
Michael Moore, Founder & President, Black Achievers, Inc.

Racial Equity Series Session 4

Session 5: Active Engagement, Understanding Police & Community Relationships 

August 19 | noon - 1pm

Join us for an engaging session as we gain different perspectives around Police and Community relationships and the role you can take as a local business leader.

Lynn Watts, Founder and CEO, Learn, Lead, Live

Dr. Zaria Davis, Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement, Pretrial Justice Institute
Eliot Isaac, Chief of Police, City of Cincinnati
Alandes Powell, Vice President Business Controls, Fifth Third Bank

Racial Equity Series Session 5

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