AFTER THE PLEDge, what’s next?

It’s Time To Take Action

Aligned with the eight points of the DEI Pledge, this guide presents you and your organization with actionable and measurable opportunities, resources and tools to help you advance racial and social justice, address challenges to cultivate economic equity and promote an inclusive future where opportunities are accessible for all.

The actions outlined below are intended to help guide you and members of your team and/or organization to engage with over the next 90 days. Moving forward, we will continue to share more opportunities for your organization to make meaningful progress towards Broad-based Prosperity™.

Educate Ourselves

PLEDGE TENET #1: We will educate ourselves, review examples and share insights through partner organizations such as nonprofits and educational institutions into the history of systemic racism throughout our region and the barriers it continues to present today.

TAKE ACTION

Schedule a tour for your team with the Orange County Regional History Center to see the virtual exhibit Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920. The virtual tour includes a pre-recorded curator tour of the exhibit, followed by a conversation with staff. Schedule this special tour for your team with Shannon Elliston.

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As a gateway for community engagement and education, the Orange County Regional History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, is a great resource to learn about our region’s history. The History Center’s vision is to inspire action towards a better tomorrow. As you begin your journey to diversity, equity and inclusion, it is important to gain knowledge of influential past events and understand how those have shaped who we are today. With options for self-guided and guided experiences, we encourage you to reserve a private tour for your team at the History Center.

Listen

PLEDGE TENET #2: We will create opportunities for sessions to listen to those affected and marginalized by these barriers to learn how we can help, with follow up on actionable areas focusing on what’s working, what needs improvement and where we can be most effective.

TAKE ACTION

Host a lunch and learn with your team and watch the one-hour special titled “Race and Reform in Central Florida” with WFTV’s Greg Warmoth and Vanessa Echols that aired on June 19. After the program, use the discussion guide below to share your thoughts.

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Watch and listen to a community building conversation on addressing regional challenges and creating opportunities for those long-affected by racial inequality. The Partnership is proud to partner with WFTV Channel 9 for this one-hour broadcast, that discusses the racial history of our region, explore policy and accountability measures, highlight economic opportunities, and identify how business leaders can ensure pathways to a prosperous community that allows all to participate.

Support and Collaborate

PLEDGE TENET #3: We will identify, support and collaborate with specific nonprofits and other partner organizations who work tirelessly in marginalized and vulnerable communities, asking for careful review of work in marginalized sectors in our region and identify the work still to be done.

TAKE ACTION

Read the report: Beyond the Baseline – Orlando Prosperity Scorecard Report.

Expand your business community engagement to include joining the African American Chamber of Commerce Central Florida and/or Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando.

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Gain insight to develop strategies for Broad-based Prosperity™ with the enhanced Orlando Prosperity Scorecard. Selected with feedback from Orlando’s business and non-profit leaders as well as guidance from scholars at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, the scorecard measures 43 indicators across 13 different themes in the four-county region of Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

We invite you to use the Orlando Prosperity Scorecard, Beyond the Baseline, as a catalyst for aligning personal and organizational strategies as critical components of the collective action necessary to achieve Broad-based Prosperity™.

In addition, your support of the African American Chamber of Commerce Central Florida and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando will enhance the targeted programming of these important partners.

Amplify Unheard Voices

PLEDGE TENET #4: We will use our power, influence and position to amplify unheard voices and endorse policies that lead to racial justice and opportunities for all.

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Watch the Legislative Update and identify a policy or issue your organization will raise visibility to which aligns with your mission, vision and values.

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Watch a recap of the Orlando Economic Partnership’s 2021 State Legislative Update and learn where Central Florida regional priorities stand following the close of the 2021 Florida legislative session. During the update, legislators from our Central Florida region shared insights on the impact of policy and budget on our economy and business community.

Be Intentionally Inclusive

PLEDGE TENET #5: We will improve the employment, training, wage equity, growth potential, advancement, support and success of black and brown people in our workplace, workforce and marketplace, and commit to ways that minority-owned businesses are intentionally included in pipeline opportunities. We will pledge to remove barriers, diversify our talent pool and create upward mobility employment opportunities through implementing skills-based hiring as an innovative hiring practice.

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Participants are eligible to earn a total of 2.0 PDCs for SHRM-CP(r) or SHRM-SCP(r) per session.

Adopt skills-based practices in your talent recruitment and retention strategy and attend the SKILLFUL® Talent Series, each Wednesday, August 4-25 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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In partnership with Skillful, an initiative of the Markle Foundation, the Orlando Economic Partnership is offering the SKILLFUL® Talent Series to help employers remove barriers to employment, diversify their talent pool and create upward mobility employment opportunities in their organizations. In this four-part series, you will learn how to adopt and implement skills-based hiring as an innovative hiring practice and break away from traditional hiring methods. This training includes four interactive, two-hour, workshop sessions starting on August 4, followed by consecutive, sequential weekly sessions. Each workshop builds upon skills learned in previous sessions, so participants strongly encouraged to attend all four workshops.

Continue Ongoing Conversations

PLEDGE TENET #6: We will continue ongoing conversations with CEOs and executive leaders to collectively address issues of social injustice, racism and biases in our communities and organizations, confirming within organizations DEI is a strategic imperative with demonstrated commitment and actions.

TAKE ACTION

September 17, 8:30 a.m. | Attend our Critical Conversations Breakfast sponsored by SouthState Bank, hosted by Orlando Economic Partnership President Tim Giuliani

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Register today for the first Critical Conversations Breakfast with CEO and President, Tim Giuliani on September 17 at 8:30 a.m. This special event is designed to enrich dialogue and enable leaders to gain insight on various diversity, equity and inclusion topics that impact our business. Critical Conversations is an opportunity to learn, share experience and best practices, and engage in meaningful conversation about new ideas and opportunities.

Track and Report

PLEDGE TENET #7: We acknowledge the critical importance of accountability to our community and pledge to collaborate in annual efforts to track and report our contributions to the collective (regional) goal of creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive business community.

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Read and implement the ISO Standards for Diversity and Inclusion. And, take the DEI Survey.

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Racial inequality will continue to exist in our community, businesses and institutions unless we are intentional about changing it. As you strive to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in our community, it is critical to evaluate your business on the journey and measure progress toward impact. We recognize that each organization is different and decision makers should take the appropriate steps for integrating DE&I in their business strategy and processes.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, recently released the Standard for Diversity and Inclusion. This resource provides guidance on D&I for business leaders and is intended to be scalable to the needs of all types of organizations. Gain knowledge on how your organization can assess needs, review responsibilities and accountabilities and produce positive outcomes.

The Orlando Economic Partnership’s will also provide opportunities for adopters to highlight your work across the areas of focus identified in the Pledge. A “Measure What Matters to You” survey and “Call for Best-Practices” will be issued by the Partnership and aggregated into a report to the community. This will give us, as a community, the opportunity to share our learning, growth and struggles – supporting one another and accelerating an inclusive tomorrow.  

Support Community-based Models

PLEDGE TENET #8: We will support efforts to implement effective community-based models that improve conditions within vulnerable communities throughout Central Florida, using our voices and position to amplify and elevate examples of success.

TAKE ACTION

Schedule a tour with April Richardson and learn about the power of partnerships with Lift Orlando.

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Lift Orlando works to strengthen neighborhoods by investing in the people and places they live, learn, work and play. Learn about their collective impact approach and how the power of partnerships help Lift Orlando revitalize the Communities of West Lakes. Lift Orlando is offering opportunities to tour and learn more about work they’ve done.

“Leaders must put decisive action behind the pledge and take the necessary steps to change the inequities within their organizations and use their influence and resources to make change happen….”

– Tony Jenkins

Central Florida Market President, Florida Blue

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