• Thank You Sponors! Thank You Sponors!

    Platinum: Atmos Energy | Covenant Health | Happy State Bank | StarCare Specialty Health System

    Gold: Lubbock ISD | Stages of Recovery | TTU HUB Office and Office of Procurement Services | TTUHSC | United Supermarkets

  • The 2021 Lubbock Chamber Diversity Summit will be our fourth annual event and continues our goal to deliver a platform for businesses to work together to affect real change in the workplace and in our community. The Chamber is a leading resource for businesses dedicated to making a difference and we are using our role as the voice of the business community to advocate for protecting workers from discrimination.

    We recognize that diversity and inclusion are multifaceted issues and that we need to tackle these subjects holistically to better engage and support all underrepresented groups within businesses. To do this, we believe we also need to address honestly and head-on the concerns and needs of our diverse employees and increase equity for all, including Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, LGBTQ, disabled, veterans, women, and any disenfranchised individuals. Collectively as business leaders we must agree to do more.

    Our attempts will be to help employers recognize workplace inequality and inequity to help improve their bottom-line and the overall economic stature of every single person. How do we grow the workforce and “get along” in this environment? We must create connections to help deliver skills and not only to survive but to grow and prosper. Talent recruitment has become one of the Chamber’s major objectives to enhance the workplace environment.

    The 2021 discussion will center around how to bridge gaps in educational attainment and workforce demands. 


     

  • Sponsorship opportunities are available!

    Contact Amy Marquez at (806) 761-7009 to learn more!

     


     

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    Agenda

  • 10 a.m. 

    Equality of Opportunity in Education 

    Keynote Presentation: Margaret Spellings, Texas 2036 President and CEO  

    • Only 30% of Texas 4th graders meet grade-level reading standards, and almost 250,000 Texas students are not enrolled in school last fall compared to last year. And despite a majority of today’s jobs requiring additional education or training after high school, only 32% of Texas high school graduates earn a postsecondary credential within six years of graduating.

      To meet the demands of a 21st-century economy, Texas must make meaningful improvements to our education system. Texas needs – right now – innovative thinking and sustained investments to produce a workforce that will maintain our state’s prosperity.

    10:35 a.m.

    Closing Achievement and Opportunity Gaps 

    Moderator: Dr. Kathy Rollo, LISD Superintendent

    Panelists: Doyle Vogler, Associate Superintendent; Rick Rodriguez, Chief Operations Officer; Dr. Lisa Ramirez, Chief Innovations Officer; Bill Stubblefield, Board of Trustees Vice President; Misty Rieber, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; Kami Finger, Executive Director of Special Services; Anna Jackson, Executive Director of Leadership & Professional Development; Cicely Alexander, Executive Principal for Lubbock Partnership Network 

  • Opportunity Populations

    Several agencies and individuals in the Lubbock community have dedicated resources to help bridge the gap between education and today’s workforce demands. These groups are working to assist a variety of opportunity populations such as young adults without high school diplomas, formerly incarcerated individuals, and those workers with disabilities gain valuable skills and find meaningful employment. Take advantage of this Diversity Summit panel and learn how these populations can positively impact your company and our local economy.

    Moderator: Chelsea Anders, Lubbock Moms Blog

    Panelists: Crystal Craft; Workforce Solutions South Plains; Byron Moore, Workforce Solutions South Plains; Bridgette Martinez, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas

  • Tips for Overcoming Unconscious Bias in Today’s Workforce

    What is unconscious bias? Understanding unconscious bias is the first step in overcoming what might be affecting your company. In this session, you’ll learn to identify unconscious bias to effectively build a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

    Moderator: Kevin McConic, Covenant Health

    Panelists: Beth Bridges, South Plains Mall; Cory Powell, Texas Tech University; Feruzan Irani Williams, Ph.D., Texas Tech University