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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 120 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.

What's new at the Commission:
Highlights from our annual conference

The Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Eighth Annual Conference, held Aug. 17 at LaCentre Banquet and Conference Facility, took a deep dive into the hot topic of hidden bias in the workplace, exploring how it compromises decision-making and how to mitigate its effect.

More than 200 diversity and HR professionals heard from morning keynote Harvard professor and author Mahzarin Banaji (top photo left), discuss how well-intentioned people behave in ways that deviate from their own intentions and how this behavior impacts business decisions.

Luncheon keynote Diana Cruz Solash (top photo right), director of global diversity and inclusiveness for EY, helps member firms leverage the diversity that each person brings to the organization. She discussed what EY is doing to interrupt bias.

In addition, presenters from Commission-member organizations led these afternoon breakout sessions:

“Mitigating Unconscious Bias: Effective Training and Practices”
  • George Sample, Senior Human Resource Manager, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • Erica Merritt, Director of Culture and Strategy, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
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“Implicit Bias in Talent Decisions”
  • Gina Camiola. Manager, Talent Programs, Eaton
  • Donna Skurzak, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Cleveland Clinic
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“Bias: Effect on Supplier Diversity: Effective Training and Practices”
  • Joe McClain, Manager, Supplier Diversity, Eaton
  • Gloria Ware, Principal, Inclusion, JumpStart Inc.
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