Equity

Corporate Social Responsibility: You’re Invited to Join Business Equity for Indy to Stand for Change

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a strategic imperative. Research conducted by Gallup found that companies with highly engaged employees experience 59% lower turnover rates. Engaged employees are more likely to feel connected to the organization’s mission and values, which are often aligned with CSR initiatives; highlighting the significant impact CSR efforts can […]

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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

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Juneteenth: Indianapolis Events, Festivals, and Celebrations

On June 19, 1865, U.S. troops entered Galveston, Texas to announce that freedom had arrived for all enslaved people in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued January 1, 1863, technically freed all enslaved peoples, but it was not until that first Juneteenth that the news had reached all Americans and was enforced throughout the

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A Seat at the Table: My Journey as a Minority Business Owner 

I’ve always had a passion for marketing and communications work, and though I had always worked for someone, one day I decided to take the plunge into self-employment. I started Herd Strategies in 2011, and since then the business has grown—both in headcount and clientele. As a Black, woman-owned business, our 12-year journey has included

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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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