OKC VeloCity | Partnership to create community diversity panel

Partnership to create community diversity panel

By Chamber Staff / Inside OKC / September 22, 2020

The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City Inc. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced a partnership today aimed at creating a stronger dialogue and engagement of the Oklahoma City business community around issues of social justice and anti-racism.

The partners plan to work together on five priorities: initiating a business community conversation about Anti-Racism; establishing a diversity council and business community working group; creating leadership and mentoring programs; developing an annual research publication that tracks and reports on diversity and economic equality in Oklahoma City; and launching an ongoing initiative to increase minority supplier networks and employment.

The groups plan to begin a series of online workshops in late October. More information will be available at www.okcchamber.com/diversity.


Dr. Valerie Thompson, CEO & President OKC Urban League

  “The Urban League is thrilled to be working with the Oklahoma City Chamber to explore and expand opportunities for the business community to help our city become more inclusive. When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become the catalyst for economic development.”

Work will begin immediately on the first two priorities and planning on the development of the final three. “Our leadership understands the importance of a diverse and inclusive community – and is anxious to be an effective part of the anti-racism movement,” explained Roy Williams, President and CEO of the Chamber. “We could not have a better partner in this work than the Urban League, as they have decades of experience in this work, and shared goals around workforce development, criminal justice reform, and more.”

“The Urban League is thrilled to be working with the Oklahoma City Chamber to explore and expand opportunities for the business community to help our city become more inclusive,” said Dr. Valerie Thompson, President and CEO of the Urban League.  “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become the catalyst for economic development.”

The groups plan to begin a series of online workshops in late October. More information will be available at www.okcchamber.com/diversity.

This article originally appeared in the September 2020 edition of The Point.

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