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Talent Development: Building Every Employee to be a Champion 

Professional football teams build franchises by drafting young talent from college or recruiting available professional talent via free agency. At the end of every season, most football fans and cities begin to anticipate and discuss potential new talent teams will bring in to pursue a championship. Fans start looking at the top college players and …

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Building With, Not For: Developing Communities Together 

Real estate developers working with communities to determine what their needs are—it’s an idea that seems radical. When you think of a developer, you probably picture a group of people in a board room deciding what they want to build without consulting the people that live in the area first. And in many cases, you’re …

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Standing for Change

Achieving a Corporate Social Mindset Shift for Racial Equity

Business Equity for Indy Chair Jeffrey Harrison has said, “In order to grow a more inclusive business environment, company CEOs, managers, and boards must shift mindsets to improve the systemic roadblocks to equity.” I couldn’t agree more.  We’ve watched companies across America and throughout Indiana publish inspiring statements and pledge billions of dollars toward achieving …

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Getting Serious About Hoosiers’ Mental Health 

It’s difficult to place a number on the cost of one’s suffering—but it is something that must be done. Mental illness holds one in five Hoosiers—a disproportionate share of which are people of color—in a tight grip. It will take a combination of intentional outreach, supportive services, and funding to help someone break free.  $4.2 …

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Business Equity for Indy

Business Equity for Indy—Two Year Anniversary Reflections

During the summer of 2020, at the height of racial tensions coupled with the dire, disproportional impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Central Indiana business community united to form Business Equity for Indy (BEI). Through this initiative—a joint partnership of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Indy Chamber with support from the Indianapolis Urban League, …

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Five Minutes with Daryle L. Johnson, Interim CEO & President, Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council

Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) is a cherished partner of Business Equity for Indy (BEI), most commonly working alongside the Procurement & Participation Taskforce to support awareness, education, and relationship-building between corporations and Black- and minority-owned businesses. As interim CEO & President of Mid-States MSDC, Daryle, often better known as The Idea Guy, has …

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How the Best Airport in North America Sustains A Diverse and Inclusive Workforce and Suppliers

At the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), our overarching mission is to deliver public value for our community, and one way we accomplish this is by intentionally cultivating a self-sustaining culture that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our business. We work strategically to make the IAA a place where ALL employees, passengers, …

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Workforce Equity: Engaging Employers in the Solution

Talent acquisition and retention continue to plague companies post-pandemic in ways that are, simply put, bad for business. Some 92 percent of C-level leaders say their companies will not meet 2022 goals if record quit rates and hiring challenges continue. A commitment to equity can help address this challenge by strengthening organizational culture and attracting …

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Education Equity in Indianapolis: A Reaction to the 2022 ILEARN Assessment

Earlier this week, the Indiana Department of Education released results for the 2022 ILEARN state assessment, an annual evaluation of Indiana students in grades three through eight. While a single test can’t reveal everything about an individual student, ILEARN data is incredibly important in analyzing at the school, district, county, and state levels. In addition, …

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One City’s Effort to Advance Racial Equity and a More Inclusive Business Culture

Business Equity for Indy has mobilized Indianapolis-area business leaders to create economic opportunity and improve health equity for the region’s Black people and historically marginalized communities. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide focus on racial equity in the past several years, communities all over the United States are taking steps to …

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