The Cincinnati Regional Chamber Diversity & Inclusion

Partnering with business leaders to develop a culturally competent workforce and more equitable region.

Developing a culturally competent workforce begins with intentional education, willingness to participate in perspective-challenging discussions, readiness to be vulnerable, and ability to practice empathy. Colleagues who have respect and understanding for each other are more productive and efficient in their work and business interactions. Furthermore, diversity training is vital to retaining and recruiting diverse talent.
The Cincinnati Regional Chamber has long been a proponent and practitioner of inclusive practices in all we do. It is our top priority to support the business community with education and resources to help deliver economic inclusion, to retain and promote diverse talent, understand health disparities and the impact on your workforce, and understand your role to improve sustainable inclusion practices.

With programs like Diverse by Design™, the Minority Business Accelerator, Cincinnati Compass and the Workforce Innovation Center, the Chamber is steadfast in its commitment to creating a more inclusive regional economy for all. Where anyone can experience prosperity regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or background.

The Cincinnati Regional Chamber has a commitment to strategies that reduce economic disparities that currently exist in our region.

Cincinnati Compass – Immigrants make up less than 4% of the regional population, but they have $1.5 billion in annual spending power. Cincinnati Compass is a collaborative project with the City of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati and more than 60 community partners, who are focused on increasing available resources and opportunities for immigrant populations believed to be key contributors to a strong regional economy and diverse, vibrant community.

CLIMB Awards - The CLIMB Awards, co-hosted with the Cincinnati Business Courier recognizes companies and organizations helping our region achieve greater heights of success through building a diverse workforce, championing equitable human resources practices and developing inclusive cultures. Connect with and learn from those making strides with a big impact in pushing our region forward. 

Cultural Competency - Our changing workforce and expanding markets demand higher levels of cultural competence, or the ability to shift cultural perspective and adapt behavior and communication styles to successfully accomplish business results. This program develops skills for building bridges across the cultural, political and social divides, helping us better grow the economic prosperity and equity of our region.

Connect ERG – A network of cross-company employee resource groups across the region’s 16 county MSA, focused on advancing inclusion by leveraging their resources and networks to attract, grow and retain diverse talent

Diversity Leadership Symposium – This event, presented by Fifth Third Bank, emphasizes the importance of diversity in our workplace. Learn how to improve your efforts and ensure you are implementing best practices in inclusion, while connecting with business and community executives.

Minority Business Accelerator – The Minority Business Accelerator establishes relationships with the best regional, minority-owned companies, known as portfolio firms, and provides advisory support and coaching to help them acquire resources needed to excel. The MBA acts as an extension of corporate leaders to help create jobs and grow the vibrancy and economic prosperity in our region through their collective commitment to minority spending.

Stir! Multicultural Networking Reception - The seven regional Chambers come together for this networking event to elevate and celebrate the many cultures in our region. Stir! provides an opportunity to cultivate meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships, while celebrating diversity and community.

The Inclusive Chamber Podcast – With busy schedules and information overload, it can be hard to find time to do your own research on best inclusive practices. Learn about what it really means to have a culturally competent workforce with immediate, relevant and accessible information brought right to you from local leaders.

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