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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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Global Agriculture: Driving Inclusion, Starting Here at Home

By Craig Reed Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer at Corteva Agriscience Corteva Agriscience is a global agriculture company that provides farmers with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including seed and crop protection, enhanced by integrated digital solutions. Our purpose is to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who …

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Unlikely Partnerships: How Indiana became an outlier on racial equity policy

By Taylor Hughes, Director of Strategy Policy at the Indy Chamber The summer of 2020 was a watershed moment across the globe. The pandemic was raging and the deaths of George Floyd and others launched a racial reckoning that, it’s fair to say, has changed everything—from how we live our lives, to how businesses are …

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream Lives on in the Fight for Economic Justice

By Marshawn Wolley, President and CEO at Black Onyx Management, Inc. A moment of reflection. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on this day, April 4, 1968, an event that sent shock waves reverberating around the world. In many ways, when we reflect on the work of Dr. King, and the years …

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Turning No into a Yes of Endless Opportunities

By Akilah W. Darden, President, The Darden Group, LLC Hearing no wasn’t something new for me, but how I responded to that feedback changed my life and career, creating a catalyst for change and possibilities. “Don’t listen to those who say YOU CAN’T. Listen to the voice inside yourself that says, I CAN.” – Shirley Chisholm …

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Supporting Black Business: A Company-wide Commitment

By Stacia Murphy, Director of Equity, Outreach, and Strategic Partnerships, Indy Chamber During the summer of 2020, when racial tensions reached a tipping point in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Indy businesses were called to act. Through Business Equity for Indy’s Procurement and Participation Task Force, we have been able to align our sights …

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