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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.

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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: How to mitigate unconscious bias

There is much hype in the Diversity & Inclusion field lately about “unconscious bias” and its influence in the workplace.

If you’re a business leader you’ve seen it mentioned in HBR, Fast Company, Fortune, etc. So why the hype? When you think about the repercussions, it makes sense.

“Most of us believe we can objectively size up a job candidate or a venture deal and reach a fair and rational conclusion that’s in our, and our organizations’, best interests,” explains Harvard University researcher Mahzarin Banaji in Harvard Business Review.

“But more than two decades of research indicates that most of us harbor unconscious biases that are often at odds with our consciously held beliefs. The flawed judgments arising from these biases are ethically problematic and undermine managers’ fundamental work—to recruit and retain superior talent [and] boost performance.”

In response to this, companies are offering training to raise awareness of unconscious biases. Sounds easy, right? Well it’s not.

If you run too fast to the training room you may be doing more harm than good. Recent research suggests if we’re not careful, this type of training may backfire, leading employees to discriminate more rather than less.

The better alternative is to structure your diversity and inclusion strategy to meet the needs of your business by implementing policies and practices to mitigate bias.

On July 6, the Commission will partner with the Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management (CSHRM) to offer a program on “Mitigating Unconscious Bias in the Workplace.” (Click here for details). Presenters, Lisa Gaynier, director of the Master’s program in Diversity Management at Cleveland State University, and Gina Camiola, manager of talent programs at Eaton, will share the latest and best practices on this topic.

We are proud of our partnership with CSHRM and CSU’s Diversity Management Program, which allows us to offer GCP members relevant and high-caliber programs.

We hope you’ll join us.

Commission Co-chairs

Eddie Taylor      Daniel Walsh
President           CEO
Taylor Oswald    Citymark Capital

An investment in the local community: County inclusion legislation benefits businesses and economy

Cuyahoga County Council recently passed a comprehensive package of legislation that will increase opportunities for small, minority and women-owned firms to do more work with the County.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and the Commission on Economic Inclusion (COEI), a program of the GCP, have been advocating in support of this legislation since early February. Now passed, the legislation makes the County one of the newest endorsers of the Memorandum of Understanding.

With the legislation, the County joins the COEI, City of Cleveland and many other community partners working on community benefit agreements on major development projects as well as creating an inclusive pipeline of talent for construction jobs.

“County Executive Armond Budish and County Council are among a wide and diverse group in Greater Cleveland who understand that when we invest in our local community by encouraging such opportunities for employment, it yields dividends that include a stronger local economy and increased local tax generation,” said COEI Co-chairs Dan Walsh and Eddie Taylor.

The GCP and the COEI will continue to work closely with the County to ensure the success and continued improvement of this work.

Click for a high-level overview of the legislation.

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