Diversity and inclusiveness

WHY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVENESS

Diversity, equity and inclusion belong in every facet of our lives – including the workplace. As an organization focused on business, we embrace these ideas as foundational for economic growth and prosperity. As human beings, recent events have left us shaken. They highlight the gap between what we desire and the reality in which we work and live. We recognize we have members of our community in pain and that pain comes from a deficit of the very foundational ideas we hold dear.

At the Greater Green Bay Chamber, we cannot fulfill our mission to strengthen member businesses by enhancing economic and workforce development, resulting in improved quality of life in our community and region, without ensuring all have a voice. We have a long history as a convener and facilitator of critical conversations that lead to transformational action, and that is where we will focus our efforts. We will hold ourselves accountable to driving positive change. 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVENESS IN THE GREATER GREEN BAY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN

A part of this necessary change can come through our Greater Green Bay Economic Development Strategic Plan Initiative #10: Ensure diversity & inclusiveness. More than 300 of our community leaders came together in 2017 to create a community-owned and -driven plan. We recognized then the challenges our communities faced regarding diversity and inclusiveness. Our community wants to do better – can do better – and that’s why the focus on diversity and inclusiveness resides in a holistic plan to move all of our community forward

The diversity and inclusiveness initiative, steered by a diversity and inclusiveness task force, was proactive. We’ve has made progress related to:

  1. Promoting and encouraging companies to embrace and sign onto the national CEO Action pledge for Diversity & Inclusion™ to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. (See participating companies below.)


  2. Creating and deploying several working groups to work on topics rooted in broadening diversity and inclusiveness in our community for:
    • community boards of directors
    • accessible housing
    • small business diversity

LOCAL COMPANIES THAT HAVE SIGNED ON TO THE CEO ACTION PLEDGE FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION  

If you're interested in learning more about the pledge for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, click here. 

If you would like to get engaged in our diversity and inclusiveness efforts, contact Lauren Cooling at lcooling@greatergbc.org.

National Chamber initiative to address equality of opportunity

Additionally, our Chamber recently signed onto the U.S. Chamber’s national initiative to address inequality of opportunity in education, employment, entrepreneurship and criminal justice reform. As a partner on this important initiative, we will host local and industry dialogues to further the discussion.

Diversity and inclusiveness task force members

Lorissa R. Bañuelos

Greater Green Bay Chamber

Steve Baue

Employee Resource Center

Mohammed Bey

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

David Bishop

UnitedHealthcare

Dennis Buehler

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

Jenene Calloway

Schreiber Foods

Rashad Cobb

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

Mallory Cornelius

VaryAbility LLC

Robyn Davis

Brown County United Way

Sean Elliot

YMCA

Scott Farley

Komatsu

Robyn Gruner

AT&T

Andrea Huggenvik

YWCA of Greater Green Bay

Scott Hunt

Northwestern Mutual

Dr. Corey King

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Beth Kirby

Aurora BayCare Medical Center

Barbara Kolitsch

Oneida Nation

Billy Korinko

Cassandra Voss Center

Kathryn Kroll

Green Bay Community Church

Barb LaMue

New North

Paul Linzmeyer

We are Many United Against Hate

Maicheeia Lo

Golden House

Rachel Maes

City of  Green Bay

Amanda Markiewicz

Humana

Kathleen McKee

YMCA

Jen Metcalf

Downtown Green Bay Inc.

Shannon Metzler

City of De Pere

Aisha Morales

WBAY

Troy Murphy

Green Bay Community Church

Wendy Link-Nelson

Aurora BayCare Medical Center

Lindsey Petasek

Greater Green Bay Chamber

Maureen Pistone

Wipfli

Audrey Rabas

Aurora Advocate Health

Laurie Radke

Greater Green Bay Chamber

Amaad Rivera

City of Green Bay

Renita Robinson

YWCA of Greater Green Bay

Raiya Sankari-Diaz

City of Green Bay

Melissa Schmidt

Humana

Kristina Shelton

Rep.-Elect 90th Assembly District at Wisconsin State Legislature

Dr. Colleen Simpson

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Anna Steinfest

AFF Research, LLC

Katie Sulzer

Green Bay Area Public Schools

Mussie Teclezion

University of Wisconsin Green Bay

Charity Vickers

Connect Powered By American Family

Michelle Vlies

Advocate Aurora Health

Andrea Werner

Bellin Health

Tara Yang

Main Oriental Market