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Diversity & Inclusion

The Grand Rapids Chamber is working toward cultivating a community that is welcoming, diverse, and inclusive to all. 

In principle and practice, the Grand Rapids Chamber believes in the value and power of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Without diversity equity and inclusion, we limit our talent, resources, and the business opportunities necessary to thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. In efforts to better serve and represent our membership, the Grand Rapids Chamber is committed to actively seeking a diverse, equitable/inclusive board, workforce, membership, business environment, and community.

We support these values through our policies, practices, membership services, and community engagement.

Organizational training on the following topics from Grand Rapids Chamber subject matter experts

The Assessment

Members: $3,000 | Future Members: $4,000

In order to develop an effective DEI strategy, it’s important to understand the perceptions of all stakeholders regarding the current state of DEI in the organization. The Chamber’s DEI Assessment will help you establish a baseline for your company and outline recommendations for the next steps.

Implicit Bias Training

Members: $750 | Future Members: $1,000

Biases start early, and just about everyone is prone to biases. Learn more about what exactly implicit bias is, how to combat it, and how to continue to tackle it moving forward. This two-hour session is for groups of 10-35 people and will help build a better cultural workplace.

Institute for Healing Racism

Virtual: Members: $300 | Future Members: $350
In Person: Members: $350 | Future Members: $400

The Chamber believes the most effective way to combat racism is to educate individuals by use of honest and open dialogue. This program is an opportunity to start this dialogue by bringing racism to the forefront of discussions and examining it as both a personal and societal problem. Please note the above pricing applies to virtual sessions only.

Organizational Culture & Communication Training

Half-Day Virtual: $1,500
Full-Day In-Person: $3,000

Poor communication lies at the root of many problems. How do your team members communicate with one another? This eight-hour training will focus on improving and understanding communication across teams and understanding your organization’s culture. This training requires a minimum of 15 participants and is capped at 30 participants.

Resources

Whether it’s the diversity of race, gender, or sexual orientation, it is a key ingredient in adapting to the modern U.S. client base. To that end, it is no surprise that businesses that embrace diversity have a better standing in the marketplace rather than those who resist it.


Questions or Comments?

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Please reach out to Ken James, Director of Inclusion (616-771-0320 or ken@grandrapids.org) or Emily Smith, Inclusion Program Manager (616-771-0331 or emily@grandrapids.org).