Diversity & Inclusion

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce values and promotes diversity and inclusion for a successful business community through:
  • ENGAGEMENT of diverse chambers and diversity and inclusion stakeholders
  • EXECUTION of high impact, high visibility events
  • IMPLEMENTATION of substantive programs that support diverse owned business owners
  • INTEGRATION of diversity and inclusion across ALL KC Chamber programs and initiatives
Hallmark KCP&L

 
WATCH OUR 2016 POWER OF DIVERSITY VIDEOS


2016 KC Chamber Ace Award Recipient - Tahir Atwater

2016 KC Chamber Ace Award Recipient - Raul Duran

2016 KC Chamber Ace Award Recipient - Tiffany Williams

2016 KC Chamber Champion of Diversity Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

2016 KC Chamber Diverse Small Business of the Year - Dubois Consultants


Diverse Business Recognition Events

 
POWER of Diversity Breakfast
The KC Chamber’s POWER of Diversity Breakfast is the region’s premier celebration of the metro area’s culturally diverse business community, recognizing diverse workforce members and corporations that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Greater Kansas City Chamber values and promotes diversity because it enhances the business community and the economic development of the region through: increasing regional and global business development; expanded educational opportunities; and creating a robust community infrastructure that encourages all community members to make contributions using their special talents, expertise and knowledge.

Learn more about our our past Ace Award recipients and Champions of Diversity

Nominate for the ACE Award (announced at the POWER of Diversity Breakfast, nominations open until June 16.)

Nominate for the Supplier Diversity ACE Award (announced at the POWER of Diversity Breakfast, nominations open until June 16.)
 

Diverse Business Program

 
POWERConnections
POWERConnections is designed to assist minority and women-owned business owners in strengthening their business by leveraging the expertise of corporate partners. POWERConnections’ objective is to help minority and women-owned businesses identify and overcome barriers that typically inhibit their success. Through POWERConnections, the KC Chamber aims to produce a broad base of high quality, competitive and profitable companies throughout the KC region.

Apply for POWERConnections >>

Resources

 
An Equity Profile of Kansas City Region
The Kansas City Region Equity profile is one in a series of profiles being developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California. The Equity Profiles inform planning, policymaking, and community action in regions and states. This profile documents the rapid demographic shift of the Kansas City Region and tracks its performance on a host of equity indicators. Over the past three decades, the share of the region’s people of color grew from 16 to 27 percent, and is expected to grow to 42 percent by 2040. To secure a prosperous future, the region needs to implement a growth model that is driven by equity. This would entail strategies that address high poverty levels and create jobs for people of all education levels.

The Kansas City Regional Equity Profile, a Profile Summary, and a set of slides with the profile charts can be found at: www.neighborhoodindicators.org
 

Highlight


TeraCrunch
  • Current employee count: 12  
  • Founding year: 2013
  • Founder: Tapan Bhatt
  • Amount raised to date: Bootstrapped
With a team comprised primarily of PhD data scientists, TeraCrunch has bootstrapped its way to becoming a big data analytics firm that serves several corporate giants, including Hallmark, Lockton, Barkley and others. The company’s marketing analytics suite provides insights to understand and improve user acquisition, engagement and retention. The company’s team — including seasoned entrepreneur Tapan Bhatt and seven PhDs — and impressive client base earned it a spot in our top 10. 
(Read more at www.startlandnews.com/2016/01/top-10-kansas-city-startups-to-watch-in-2016)


Partners
 

The Chamber is proud to partner with leading business groups and coalitions throughout our two-state region to support efforts to serve and recognize area minority and women-owned businesses and our culturally diverse workforce. Check out these links for great information about important programs serving our culturally diverse business community.
  

2016 Diverse Business committee


Chair: Sidney King, Liberty Bank & Trust
 
Mr. Tahir Atwater, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Mr. Terry Bassham, KCP&L
Ms. Jeanie Brewster, Midwest Women's Business Enterprise Council
Ms. Valerie Coyazo, KCP&L
Ms. Gaby Flores, Children’s Mercy
Mr. Michael Gonzales, Hallmark
Ms. Gwendolyn Grant, Urban League of Greater Kansas City
Ms. Julie Hickman, Diversity Compliance & Testing Group
Ms. Adriana Martinez, ECCO Select
Mr. Joab Ortiz, Burns & McDonnell
Mr. Kirk Perucca, Project Equality
Ms. Roxanne Powers, Black & Veatch
Mr. George Satterlee, III, Missouri Bank
Ms. Vanessa Sims, UMB Financial Corporation
Ms. Stancia Whitcomb-Jenkins, University of Missouri-Kansas City