Columbus Chamber partners to host Inclusion Incorporated: Columbus Regional Forum

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Businesses leaders set to discuss best practices and innovations that drive inclusion and equality

As part of its Inclusion Incorporated campaign, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is partnering with the Gill Foundation and Columbus Chamber of Commerce to host Inclusion Incorporated, an event focused on educating businesses about the importance of fostering an inclusive workplace culture within their organizations. The eventwill take place on May 8, 2019, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.

The half-day program will explore a number of unique topics, including:

  • Techniques for establishing innovative and authentic inclusion policies and programs
  • Strategies to grow employee engagement and resources
  • Tactics for businesses of all sizes and budgets to inform their diversity & inclusion journey and investments
  • Ways to strengthen their standing as a stakeholder in their communities
  • Methods for fostering a more diverse and inclusive corporate culture to help organizations fully realize the power of their employees, value chains, and stakeholders

The Columbus Chamber was chosen as one of three national organizations to host an Inclusion Incorporated forum thanks to the leading role our region’s business community has played in advocating for statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals, known as the Ohio Fairness Act (S.B. 11).

“We strive to educate and inform our members and elected officials of the benefits when it comes to robust inclusion policies that promote equality and help to recruit the best and brightest talent,” says Don DePerro, President & CEO of the Columbus Chamber. “Inclusion Incorporated will play a key role in providing our members, especially small businesses, valuable research and tools necessary to achieve these shared goals.”

Featured speakers at the event include Barbara Benham, Executive Vice President and Chief Public Affairs Officer for Huntington Bancshares Incorporated; Megan Kilgore, City Auditor for the City of Columbus; Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber and honorary chair, Mary Jo Hudson of Squire Patton Boggs. A full list of speakers can be found here.

The Foundation recently released new research that explores corporate and community value of authentic inclusion of members of the LGBT community in the workplace. More information on this research can be found on their website,

To learn more and register for the event, visit


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