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CV - Equity and Inclusion in Workforce and Economic Development

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Adrienne Hood, Becky Gabany, Ryan McCrady, Dominic Watson

Originally aired March 11, 2021.

Research and events of the past year have demonstrated the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion to the quality of life of everyone in central Illinois. As a balancing of the scales occurs and the benefits of a more just culture are understood, most organizations are prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion – or DEI work. Parts of the process can be difficult or uncomfortable but are necessary and as a bonus, a more robust culture and stronger economy result. The UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership and the Citizens Club of Springfield’s latest Public Policy Forum discusses these affects in today’s Community Voices -- Equity and Inclusion in Workforce and Economic Development.

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(Part 2) Equity and Inclusion in Workforce and Economic Development for Springfield IL
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(Part 3) Equity and Inclusion in Workforce and Economic Development for Springfield IL

Panel

  • Becky Gabany, Assistant Director for Community Engagement at Memorial Health System
  • Adrienne Hood, General Manager White Oaks Mall

  • Ryan McGrady, President and CEO of the Sangamon Growth Alliance

Moderator

  • Dominic Watson, President and CEO of the Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce

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