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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 Deputy Executive Director Deborah Bridwell or call 216.592.2213.

What's new at the Commission?

  • Learn more about our work from the most recent issue of The Commission Connection, our monthly publication featuring diversity and inclusion news and events from the Northeast Ohio employer community.

Message from the Co-chairs: What is your motivation?

Behind every business decision is a motivation, whether or not it is articulated.

In the case of diversity & inclusion (D&I), when an organization chooses to create a formal structure, commit resources, and incorporate D&I into business planning, this action is typically motivated by one or more of the following:

  • A need to retain current consumers or to expand markets to a broader range of consumers
  • Issues connected with demographics, such as broadening the pool of prospective employees to replace an aging workforce, or maintaining a workforce which reflects the demographics of the customer base
  • Regulation directly affecting the company or organization
  • Requirements of doing business with government as a primary customer
  • The desire of a key customer, either as a requirement to serve as a Tier 2 vendor or for other reasons

What is your organization’s primary motivation for being inclusive and diverse?

Our recommendations for you:

  • As your leadership team is preparing for a new year, we recommend that, as a group, you specify or resurface your reason(s) as it relates to your strategies or business plan for 2015.
  • Identify who needs to be aware of the connection between D&I and your business goals. What internal and external channels will be used to communicate this information?
  • Consider whether you’re satisfied that the messaging and metrics tied to your D&I strategies will enable you to evaluate their effectiveness.
The Commission on Economic Inclusion is committed to helping our members meet their diversity and inclusion goals. Let us know how we are doing.

To provide feedback or for information about joining the Commission, contact Deborah Bridwell, the Commission's deputy executive director, at dbridwell@gcpartnership.com or 216.592.2345.

Sincerely,
Commission Co-chairs

Eddie Taylor                           Daniel Walsh
President                               President, Greater Cleveland Region
Taylor Oswald                        Huntington National Bank

Other stories...

  • Welcome to three new members: Commission membership roster now at 113
  • Chief Executives Commission-member Leadership Day: Eaton, University Hospitals CEOs featured speakers
  • Educational events for diversity, HR professionals: Commission, CSHRM offer joint programming in 2015
  • "Dialogues on Diversity": Panel to feature five general counsels
  • Commission member news: Cleveland Airport System receives national diversity award
  • Hispanic MBA students case competition finals: CWRU team earns top honors
  • MBDA Cleveland update: Client companies attend Chicago access-to-capital forum; CBC magazine highlights two Hispanic clients
  • Construction Diversity and Inclusion: Web pages are live and other news
  • Nominations due for Dr. M.L. King Jr. Community Service Awards: Submission deadline is December 5
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