Business community must come together to ensure equal opportunity for all

Blog post by Christine Ross

Christine Ross, the president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, has 20 years of leadership experience in the business community. She is a visionary coalition builder guiding the Maryland Chamber’s efforts to improve competitiveness, attract and retain talent, grow jobs, engage the community and provide legislative advocacy.

 

You may have heard that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched a National Initiative on Inequality of Opportunity, in response to the deeply painful and tragic events of the last several weeks. And earlier this week, the Maryland Chamber announced that it will proudly join with the U.S. Chamber on this important initiative.

As part of this effort, the Maryland Chamber will participate in a national townhall event hosted by the U.S. Chamber on June 25, which will bring together business and community leaders to discuss specific actions that can be taken by the government and the private sector to address inequality through education, employment, entrepreneurship and criminal justice reform. (Registration details for the June 25th townhall are forthcoming.)

We at the Chamber are particularly interested in the U.S. Chamber’s initiative, as it will build on the work already undertaken by the Maryland Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that focuses on the research and educational objectives of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. We are working diligently through our Foundation to make education and workforce development – namely teacher externships, second-chance workforce reentry programs, and partnerships with P-TECH schools – a hallmark of our commitment to Maryland’s future.

In fact, we are pleased to announce that the Foundation is in the process of developing a new webinar series that will showcase best practices for promoting equity and inclusion in the workplace. Starting in July, we will host a one-hour webinar every other month featuring business leaders from high-profile companies who are already doing their part to drive systemic change in their own organizations and communities. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions at the end of each webinar; participants will also be provided with resource materials to take back to their respective workplaces so they can share what they learned with their colleagues.

Please join us in July as we listen, learn and seek to become more effective leaders and champions for equality. Together, we can work to ensure that all Marylanders have quality education and economic opportunities. This is not only good for businesses looking to grow, it is good for the entire community.


Click here to view up-to-the-minute COVID-19 resources on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 resources page.

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