Driving Diversity: Inside Business Equity for Indy’s People Community of Practice (PcP)

When it comes to accessing well-paid, family-sustaining career opportunities in the tech sector, high-potential, Black candidates are left sitting on the sidelines. Research published by TechPoint shows that when an employer requires a bachelor’s degree screen for a job, they screen out 70 percent of Black workers. In fact, nonessential degree requirements exclude two-thirds of all adults in the U.S., regardless of race, from securing a job that pays a family-sustaining wage. And this phenomenon isn’t limited to the technology industry. 

 

Through Business Equity for Indy’s (BEI) People Community of Practice (PcP), Central Indiana’s human resource professionals have access to tools, training, and resources to ensure they’re able to reshape hiring practices and professional development for Black and Brown employees. By putting people at the center of the workforce experience, BEI director, Kristen Lampkin believes that Indianapolis businesses have the potential to embrace more inclusive business practices while accessing an entirely new pool of talent. 

 

“The PcP was created as a tool to support BEI member companies as they work to increase opportunities available to Black and Brown professionals in the workplace,” Lampkin said. “By investing time into programs like PcP, companies can drive measurable progress that leads to greater diversity and inclusion, company loyalty, and workplace culture where everyone feels welcome and valued.”

 

The essence of PcP is to create an inclusive space where hiring professionals unite to exchange ideas, share experiences, and learn from one another. It’s a journey towards inclusion, guided by the principles of equity and opportunity for all—and it’s a journey that ensures professionals have expert and peer support. 

 

“Within PcP, hiring professionals have access to a wealth of guidance and support as they navigate the complexities of attracting, retaining, and advancing Black professionals and other minority employees,” said Lampkin. “Participants can gain valuable insights into best practices for creating a more inclusive workplace culture, but it’s not just about ticking boxes. PcP is about fostering an environment where every individual feels valued and empowered to succeed—and that starts with equipping hiring professionals with the proper education and resources to support diverse talent.”

 

PcP is more than just a series of events—it’s a partnership for progress. By collaborating with companies committed to diversity and inclusion, PcP aims to identify, document, and promote best practices for advancing Black professionals and minority employees in their career trajectories. Together, we’re rewriting the narrative on what it means to be truly inclusive in the business world.

 

Recently, PcP hosted its March event focused on health equity allowing attendees to gain valuable insights on approaching important topics such as maternal and infant mortality, mental health, and food insecurity. The March presentation featured representatives from Black Onyx Management, Inc., Indiana University Health, NFP, Roche, and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.

 

As PcP continues to gain momentum, there’s never been a better time to join the movement towards diversity and inclusion. Whether you’re a seasoned hiring professional or a business leader looking to make a difference, PcP offers a platform for collaboration, growth, and meaningful impact. Together, we can drive diversity, empower inclusion, and build a future where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

 

To stay updated on upcoming PcP events and initiatives, we invite you to sign up for future email communication on the BEI website. Let’s work together to create a business community that reflects the rich diversity of our city and paves the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.

Learn more about Indiana’s evolving labor market via the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.

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