Lip service; to say that you agree with something but do nothing to support it is harmful to our chapter. Without accountability, DEIB statements ring hollow and perpetuate continued inequities.
To make room for accountability and correction, we must make room for difficult conversations. Equity will result from appropriate policies, practices and leadership modeling that will eliminate barriers to diversity. The driving forces behind achieving equity are valuing and supporting those who present differently, allowing differences or diversity to help achieve success in a way that hasn’t previously been done.
VALUES AND SEEKS A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP:
Diverse chapters build a stronger sense of identity and have better outcomes when their diverse strengths, abilities, interests, and perspectives are understood and supported. Inclusion represents feeling respected, supported, and valued. Ensuring a welcoming environment that embraces differences and offers respect for everybody in terms of words and actions. By doing so we allow members to bring their entire, authentic selves to the chapter. To continue to have safe conversations, respect must be mutually exchanged. There is no safe space where discrimination or disrespect is tolerated.
FULL PARTICIPATION OF THE ORGANIZATION:
Our chapter's approach is to create a people-first DEIB strategy. This requires the ongoing support of the entire chapter. By design, our DEIB Committee is heavily focused on liaisons scattered in all corners of membership. The foundation of our DEIB efforts has been created by National, but the priorities, initiatives, and implementation belongs to our chapter members.
SUPPORT OUR MISSION TO EMPOWER WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS, REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, AGE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR DISABILITY:
Women’s full economic participation is critical for local prosperity and vital for community economic growth. Economic advancement empowers women in our community. Empowered women create strong foundations on which women can build their financial futures. No one should be denied the ability to create financial equity based on diversity.
EFFECTIVELY REPRESENT THE FULL DIVERSITY OF THE WOMEN BUSINESS OWNER COMMUNITY:
Diverse representation in our chapter allows people to feel accepted. It can shape not only how the chapter views women with different diversity but also how individuals in those unique diversities view themselves.
EQUITABLY EXPAND ACCESS TO LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FULL SPECTRUM OF OUR MEMBERSHIP:
Equity-centered membership is essential because, through a sharp equity lens, we can diagnose and assess equity within the culture, policies, programs, practices, and processes within our chapter. It is critical that leaders model and set direction; as they shape an environment where equity and excellence are the standards for everyone. The leadership opportunity belongs to all of us. Some are due to titles within the chapter, and for some, it is our character and how we show up for fellow members.
Introducing the 2023-2024 DEIB Strategic Goals: Empowering, Analyzing, Educating, and Achieving Equity
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: Fueling Success
Our first strategic goal is to empower women entrepreneurs by increasing their access to resources and networks. Through targeted initiatives, we aim to provide training, mentorship, and financial support, fostering economic empowerment and enabling them to thrive in today's competitive landscape.
DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS: Informed Decision-Making
We recognize the importance of data in driving meaningful change. Our second goal involves collecting and analyzing data to inform the development and implementation of DEIB initiatives. By tracking progress and impact over time, we can adapt our strategies to maximize effectiveness and create a more inclusive and equitable environment for all. DEIB EDUCATION & EVENTS: Edifying Experiences
Creating awareness and understanding of DEIB issues is crucial to fostering an inclusive community. Our third goal is to promote DEIB education among women entrepreneurs through events, workshops, and educational programs. By providing learning opportunities and facilitating engagement, we empower women to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion within their businesses and beyond.
SOCIOECONOMIC EQUITY: Breaking Barriers
Our final strategic goal centers around socioeconomic equity. We aim to address local systemic barriers that hinder women's access to resources and opportunities. Through creative funding mechanisms and partnerships, we work towards leveling the playing field, empowering women from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential and contribute to a more equitable society.
Join us on this transformative journey as we strive to empower women entrepreneurs, leverage data-driven insights, educate and engage our community, and champion socioeconomic equity. Together, we can create a future where diversity, equity, and inclusion thrive, unlocking untapped potential and driving lasting change.