For immediate release:
June 9, 2020
Contact: Erin Montgomery
Maryland Chamber Joins National Initiative to Address Inequality of Opportunity
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Today, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce announced it is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to address inequality of opportunity.
The Maryland Chamber will join the U.S. Chamber’s national townhall event on June 25, which will bring together business and community leaders to discuss concrete actions that can be taken by the government and the private sector to address inequality and systemic racism through education, employment, entrepreneurship and criminal justice reform (registration details are forthcoming). As a partner on this important initiative, the Maryland Chamber plans to host local and industry-focused webinars to further the discussion.
“The deeply painful and tragic events of the past few months, brought into the national spotlight by the movement of the last several weeks, underscore the urgent need for business, community and policy leaders to come together and raise their voices to confront the racism, injustice and inequality that plague so many of our communities,” said Christine Ross, president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. “The Maryland Chamber looks forward to participating in the U.S. Chamber’s national townhall later this month; it’s one step of many that needs to be taken to ensure that inequality, diversity and criminal justice reform are at the forefront of our discussions on public policy. We do not have all the answers, but we are prepared to listen, learn and take the proactive steps necessary to create meaningful change.”
“The moral case for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace is indisputable, and there’s overwhelming evidence that greater diversity benefits the American economy, businesses, communities and employees,” said U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark. “We are proud to partner with the Maryland Chamber on this initiative and help develop a robust plan of action.”
The work of this national initiative 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. “Maryland’s business community includes leaders who advocate for education, especially education that leads Marylanders of all backgrounds to high-skilled, high-wage jobs,” said Ross. “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.”
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