An update about our journey
Chamber Chair Eric Peltier formed a diversity task force in 2020 to create an initiative plan for the chamber. Together they have prioritized objectives for the chamber's diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) effort.
We’re currently evaluating proposals from diversity consultants to help develop a systematic and thoughtful strategic plan with goals and objectives to make a long-term effort. We intend to choose the consultant next month, to gain feedback from the membership in early fall, and construct a plan for 2022.
In the meantime, we’re going to challenge us all with information to help us think, discover our blind spots, and prep the ground for meaningful positive movement.
Awareness hasn’t cured the problem. We’ll still make mistakes in implementation. And it’s not going to happen overnight.
But we’re trying, and committed.
Articles for thought
- Ensure the CEO positions themselves as the top champion for DEI efforts.
- Center DEI in the business strategy
- Hold executive leaders accountable for driving DEI outcomes
- Mitigate implicit bias at the systemic level
- Pivot from diversity training to leadership development coaching
Every person in our business community should feel they can bring their whole selves to the place where they serve.
We know the business community, and the Chamber, can do a better job creating a more equitable and inclusive environment for our diverse community members. Our hope is that, in awareness and growth, we can improve and set a positive example.
We want more diverse business leaders in Richardson. And it’s the right thing to do.
Richardson is the International Business Capital of Texas, as designated by the Texas Legislature. We welcome those from other countries with open arms.
We want to assure our Asian citizens and businesses how much we appreciate your contributions to our Richardson community. We also celebrate our Muslim community, who too often has been maligned with stereotypes of radicals when in fact they are peaceful and family oriented.
Prejudice based on color, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality, special needs, social standing and religion is something we must fight daily, starting within ourselves.
We encourage you to talk about race. Encourage your employees to talk about race. Share stories and life experiences. This topic needs air to understand and cleanse. Create safe places for sharing.
Why is diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) important?
McKinsey& Company in Diversity wins makes a case for diversity by saying: "the relationship between diversity on executive teams and the likelihood of financial outperformance has strengthened over time." The data shows that the likelihood of outstanding financial performance is: (the Motley Fool)
- 21% higher for companies with gender-diverse executive teams
- 33% higher for companies with ethnically and culturally diverse executive teams
- 29% lower for companies lacking diversity
Stats about diversity in Richardson
These free tests can help you be more aware of your thoughts and feelings largely outside your consciousness and control. They include gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual, weight, disability and more.
Increase your personal awareness and understanding
- We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Manchild In the Promised Land by Claude Brown
- The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
- Where Do We Go From Here by Martin Luther King
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack
- Why You Should Speak Up Even When It’s Not Easy by Kevin Daum
- Three Things You Can Do Now to Take Action as an Ally in the Workplace by Katie Burke
- What Your Black Employees and Customers Need to Hear by Jade and Noelle Johnson
- Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge Op-Ed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Working on hard mode: Being Black in Corporate America by Zach Stubblefield
- How to Talk to Your Kids about Racism by CPINDEA from PBS
- Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances Are They’re Not by Danielle Cade
- I Am Not Your Negro – A documentary of James Baldwin’s story about race in modern America (available on Apple iTunes, or Amazon Prime)
- When They See Us – The story of 5 teenaged boys falsely accused of rape in Central Park (available on Netflix)
- Jane Elliott’s Anti-racism Experiment – A Class Divided (PBS Frontline)
- TED Talk: Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable by Luvvie Adjayi
- TEDx Talk: Let’s get to the root of racial injustice by Megan Ming Francis
- Free movies about racial injustice curated by The Verge
- Curated list of streaming movies about racism by USA Today
- Curated list of films by NPR
- The Hate You Give - A novel by Angie Thomas made into a feature-length movie directed by George Tillman Jr.
- Into an American Uprising: White Accountability by Into America
- Legacies of Pain and Resilience: Clinical Implications for Understanding Historical Trauma and Race Webinar
- Race Matters: Webinar Series by Korn Ferry
- Addressing Historical Trauma Podcast
- Raising our Black Sons: Perspectives from Mothers Black Boys and Men Podcast
- Police Brutality & Trauma Black Boys and Men Podcast
- Google's course on Unbiasing
- Project READY training on implicit bias and microagressions
- The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism Conference
- Facebook's Managing Unconscious Bias Training
- Forbes: How to Create Effective Online Diversity Trainings