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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.
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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?

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

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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.

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

After The Pledge, What’s Next?

Programs, Resources & Events

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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.

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UpSkill Orlando

Skills-based hiring is a strategy that generates value for both employers and applicants by creating skill-focused job descriptions and evaluating candidates based on distinct and discrete skills. If implemented, skills-based hiring will help fill jobs quickly, retain talent, reduce bias, diversify an organization’s talent pipeline, and help provide a greater awareness of skill attainment and critical upskilling needs.

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AWE – All Women Empowered

AWE amplifies stories of women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs, as well as women’s initiatives and programs. AWE provides needed resources while equipping women with the tools they need to build the future they envision for themselves.

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Critical Conversations

In effort to continue ongoing conversations with CEO’s and executive leaders to collectively address issues of social injustice, racism and biases in our communities and organizations, Critical Conversations is designed to enable leaders to engage and openly share in meaningful conversation on topics that impact our business community.

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Black Boardroom Leadership Institute

BBLI is a transformational program designed to help grow a talent pipeline of Black leaders and drive change on nonprofit boards in the Orlando region. BBLI seeks to address the significant diversity gap among Orlando’s nonprofit boards of directors.

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Leadership Orlando 2.0

When Leadership Orlando classes graduate, our alumni return to our community with strong connections, fresh perspective and often asking “what’s next”? Leadership Orlando 2.0 – The Impact Project answers that question.

DEI News, Stories and Data

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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.

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Take the Pledge

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

Special Thanks to Our Supporters

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