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Commission on Economic Inclusion

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, is focused on creating positive, measurable outcomes leading to:
  • Increases in board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity among the more than 100 Northeast Ohio employers who are members of the Commission;

  • Increases in the total revenue, value, size, and number of employees for minority-owned businesses in our region and throughout the State of Ohio. Read more about the Commission’s member benefits and minority business resources.

Our members - Join us!

Click here for the list of the more than 100 Northeast Ohio employers that belong to the Commission on Economic Inclusion. To learn more about Commission membership, please email us  or call 216.592.2213.

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Message from the Co-Chairs
Moving Towards Inclusion: How Do We Get There from Here?

The Diversity Professionals Group (DPG) held its quarterly program in November with the topic: “Moving Towards Inclusion, How Do We Get There from Here?”

Erica Merritt, subject-matter expert on organizational development and diversity, presented to a group of 30 diversity professionals, HR executives, and others who are working in their organizations to create inclusive workplace cultures.

During the two-hour program, participants assessed the current state of their organizations’ diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategies; later, in small groups, they discussed ways to move their initiatives to the next level.

With the New Year upon us, most businesses are reviewing this year’s accomplishments and setting goals for 2016. The assessment presented at the DPG program was a great exercise to measure and plan D&I goals for the coming year.

Similarly, the Commission is reviewing its 2015 accomplishments that included hosting a Leadership Day with an unprecedented 60 CEOs in attendance and a successful Inclusion Conference with a 96 percent satisfaction rate; helping 90 minority-owned businesses access $21M in capital; advocating for Community Benefits Agreements on major construction projects; and, of course, we celebrated the Best-in-Class companies that continue to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Yet, we know that there is much more work to be done. The Commission will continue the current, high quality D&I programs you have come to expect and remain focused on minority business development. Additionally, the Commission has set ambitious goals for 2016 to move forward our work of increasing economic inclusion in our region:
  • Expanding programs for diversity professionals and HR executives.
  • Developing cluster groups of CEOs and senior executives to address specific issues facing their industries.
  • Launching a pilot project bringing together minority business development providers to create a collaborative system of support for MBEs.
  • Increasing the construction industry’s diversity and implementing additional Community Benefits Agreements.
  • Using data to benchmark our region’s progress in economic inclusion.
Raising the visibility of the Commission is an essential factor of meeting our 2016 goals. We ask that you help us by fully participating in all that the Commission has to offer and recruiting other businesses and organizations to do the same. Working together, we can advance economic inclusion within our region. For more information about the Commission and its member benefits, please contact Gina Cheverine at or 216.592.2261.

Commission Co-chairs

Eddie Taylor          Daniel Walsh
President               CEO
Taylor Oswald        Citymark Capital

Commission membership continues to grow: Six employers recently joined our ranks

We’re pleased to welcome six new members to the Commission on Economic Inclusion. These Greater Cleveland companies and organizations joined the Commission in Q4 2015 by signing a CEO commitment form:
Several more prospects are in the process of signing the commitment form, so look for more announcements next month!

Kudos to Commission Hall of Fame member KeyBank:
Recipient of perfect score on Corporate Equality Index;
Winner of Innovation in Diversity Award

Commission on Economic Inclusion Hall of Fame member KeyBank received its eighth perfect score of 100 for satisfying all criteria on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT equality in the workplace.

The 2016 CEI rated 1,024 businesses and then ranked 391 for earning top marks in LGBT-related policies and practices. Practices include non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. The ranking designates KeyBank as a "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality."

KeyBank also was selected to receive an "International Innovation in Diversity Award" that honors companies working to align diverse practices with business goals. KeyBank was recognized for its unique talent acquisition strategy, which is substantially increasing workforce diversity at the bank.

Click here to read more about both honors.

Photo right: KeyBank's Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion groups partner closely to create Key's diverse and inclusive environment. Pictured (l-r): Brian Fishel, Chief Talent Officer; Luci Workman, Recruiting Talent Manager; Poppie Parish, Head of Diversity and Inclusion.

More news from the Commission

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Read about our accomplishments

Click here to read or download the 2014 Commission Annual Report that includes: