Inclusion by Instinct : Making Diversity & Inclusion a Priority in your Small Business

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This series is designed to facilitate a dialogue on inclusion-related issues and initiatives in the workplace, provide tangible tools for implementing diversity and inclusion practices in your small business, and provide vital resources and community connections to grow your business.

The 5-part series will feature speakers who represent a variety of diverse communities. Through their personal and professional experiences, they will help provide tangible practices you can implement to help be part of the solution in encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion. Speakers will cover areas such as internal initiatives among your staff, thinking strategically about supplier relationships, and practices you can put in place to provide a more inclusive environment or experience for your customers or clients.

Join us for the conversation, connection and education from an esteemed group of speakers who are working diligently to promote D&I in the workplace and improve our community as a whole.

Open to all, pre-registration required.

Cost: FREE


Tuesday, May 11: 8:00-9:30am

  • Focus on Hispanic, Latino, Latinx Communities (panel discussion)


  • Maggie Rivera – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Jenice Contreras – Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber & Hispanic Business Center (NEOHBC)
  • Magda Gomez – Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Tri-C (moderator)

Tuesday, May 25: 8:00-9:00am

  • Focus on immigrant communities (panel discussion)


  • Lisa Blanchard – Analytics & Systems Lead, Rapid Response Monitoring
  • Pat Espinosa – Managing Partner, Sus Abogados Latinos
  • Mark Owens – Marketing & Public Affairs Director Ireland/United States, RelateCare
  • Radhika Reddy – Partner, Ariel Ventures, LLC
  • Joe Cimperman – President, Global Cleveland (moderator)

Wednesday, June 9: 8:00-9:30am

  • Focus on women and African American communities
  • Speaker: Sheila Mixon – Executive Director, Women’s Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley(WBEC ORV)

Thursday, June 24: 1:00-2:30pm

  • Focus on people with disabilities
  • Speaker: Mary Brown – Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bank

Thursday, July 8: 8:00-9:30am

  • Focus on LGBTQ Communities
  • Speaker: Amanda Cole – Executive Director, Plexus LGBT + Allied Chamber of Commerce


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