• Lubbock Chamber to Address Equality of Education in the Workforce at Annual Diversity Summit

    LUBBOCK, Texas – The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will hold its fourth annual Diversity Summit beginning Tues., March 9 with a focus on equality of education in the workforce. The Chamber recognizes the evolving changes in the nationwide workforce and understands the importance of an inclusive workplace.
    “The purpose of the Chamber’s diversity efforts is to deliver a platform for businesses to work together to affect real change in the workplace and our community,” said Eddie McBride, President and CEO. “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.”
    This year’s Diversity Summit will be held virtually and will last the month of March with one live webinar each week from 10 – 11:30 a.m. for business leaders and employees to engage and learn of ways to improve upon its workplace culture.
    Margaret Spellings, Texas 2036 President and CEO will kick-off the Summit on March 9 with a presentation on the Texas education system and the improvements needed to meet the demands of the 21st-century economy in order to produce a workforce that will maintain the state’s prosperity.
    Below are the dates and topics of each session:
    • Tues., March 9 – Equality of Opportunity in Education; and Closing Achievement and Opportunity Gaps
    • Tues., March 16 – Opportunity Populations
    • Tues., March 30 – Tips for Overcoming Unconscious Bias in Today’s Workforce
    Also, on April 6 a panel of local CEO’s will lead a CEO Challenge session and it will be by special invitation only.
    “Collectively as business leaders we must agree to do more,” said Dave Marcinkowski, Chamber Chair and Partner at Madera Residential. “Diversity is so much more than meets the eye. We need to better engage and support all underrepresented groups within the business community.”
    Attendees can register online here or by calling the Chamber office at (806) 761-7000. Tickets for the entire summit are $125 and Chamber members receive a discounted rate of $75. Individual session tickets are also available for $50 and Chamber members receive a discounted rate of $30.
    The Diversity Summit is one of the many ways the Chamber is actively working towards a pro-growth, pro-business climate for job creators as it facilitates discussion and provides resources and opportunities for businesses and people to connect, learn and grow.
    To learn more about the Chamber’s diversity efforts or for sponsorship opportunities call the Lubbock Chamber at (806) 761-7000.
    The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce represents almost 1,600 businesses and over 79,000 employees on the South Plains which accounts for over $2 billion in annual household earnings in Lubbock and West Texas. Since 1913 the Chamber, as a catalyst for business growth; a convener of leaders and influencers; and a champion for a stronger community, has served as a unified voice of business by actively advocating for a pro-jobs, pro-growth, pro-business climate.

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