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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI is Critical to Broad-Based Prosperity™

At the Orlando Economic Partnership, we are focusing our efforts to improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion inside companies, in our communities and be an ally on issues important to our society. 

  • Racism negatively impacts the mental health of African Americans. Racism also impacts our regional economy.
  • Our law enforcement, business community, public sector, as well as nonprofit and religious leaders, are all at the table willing to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work of reforming our policies and taking action with the engagement of those residents most impacted.
  • The corporate community has a moral and ethical responsibility to support our employees and partners even when it is uncomfortable to do so.

Why Is DEI Important to Our Community?

Read the Preamble

As leaders in your respective companies, your signature underscores the urgent need to advance racial and social justice, cultivate economic equality, remove barriers to growth opportunities and a commitment to promote inclusive discourse. Your participation shows that your company is committed to creating an inclusive workforce and will stand up for equity at all levels of business in our region. The pledge represents a focused effort from the region’s CEOs and their respective teams to create meaningful and lasting change in their organizations for employees of color that is good for the growth and performance of your company, and the economy of our region.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a multifaceted issue that impacts Workplace, Workforce and Marketplace issues. As a signatory, best practices will be shared to foster collaboration among organizations in our region. The following commitments will guide your journey and help facilitate conversations and actions around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within your organization.

What Does DEI Mean?


Diversity means respect for and appreciation of differences in perspectives, work experiences, life styles and cultures.


Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of some groups.


Inclusion is a set of behaviors that promote collaboration amongst a diverse group.


WFTV “Race and Reform in Central Florida”

Watch WFTV Channel 9’s one-hour special titled “Race and Reform in Central Florida” with Greg Warmoth and Vanessa Echols. The Partnership is proud to partner with WFTV for this important discussion on the history of the black community in Orlando with local leaders including Leonard Spencer, director of supplier diversity and sustainability at The Walt Disney Company, Esu Ma’at, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Orlando Magic, Tony Jenkins, Central Florida market president at Florida Blue, Dr. Barbara Jenkins, superintendent at Orange County Public Schools, Eddy Moratin, president of Lift Orlando and more. The special focuses on issues ranging from policy and accountability, economic opportunity, and best practices that local organizations can adopt in their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Orlando Prosperity Scorecard

Track economic performance and community development through the lens of Broad-based Prosperity™. Through this framework, Broad-based Prosperity™ is an outcome that exists in an economy creating opportunities for all; where regional talent has the capabilities to take advantage of those opportunities, and barriers limiting access to participate in the economy are removed.

DEI News, Stories and Data

Share Your Story

The Partnership wants to hear your story on diversity, equity and inclusion. Sharing your company story is a critical way to advance the DEI movement.

Take the Pledge

Commit to taking action to address diversity, equity and inclusion within your organization.

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