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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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AGNC Park: The BCC to Indy’s Marketing and Branding World

Brandi Sasore, Co-Founder + Chief Brandi[ng] OfficerBuzzworthy, LLC and Trey Hester, Owner/Designer HICO Solutions Roughly two and half years into a global pandemic, we’ve learned that not all Zoom calls arecreated equal. It was a particular virtual meeting where two of Indy’s up-and-coming marketingand branding business owners, both charged with supporting the same project, realized throughvirtual hellos …

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Building a More Equitable and Just Future from the Heart of Indy

By Bryony Winn, President, Anthem Health Solutions Indianapolis is a special place. For Anthem, Inc., it’s the hometown to our headquarters and 5,000 of our employees. What’s more, it’s the heartbeat of our commitment to improving the whole health of our communities. This is what makes our work with Business Equity for Indy (BEI) so …

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Providing a Talent Pipeline into the Medical Field

By Laura Atkinson, Senior Director Human Resources Ascension While healthcare is one of the fastest-growing industries, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the sector in unprecedented ways. It raised an awareness of socioeconomic and racial gaps among the healthcare workforce. Ascension is committed to social justice, compassionate action, and advocacy for all. “We strive to see our …

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