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Black History Month and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Black History Month and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Hampton Roads Chamber is proud to celebrate Black History Month in February. We honor the commitments and accomplishments of Black leaders year-round but pay special attention during this month set aside for positive reflection and growth.  Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative has grown over the past three years and will offer several programs. 

On February 17, we have invited several Black leaders to discuss Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through A Leader's Lens.  This session will be a virtual meeting offered free to participants.

DE & I stretches across all Hampton Roads Chamber Programs.  On February 25, we welcome Misti Mukherjee, Esq., Founder of Extensio Law, for our Professional Women’s Leadership Lunch Series.  She will share her journey with us.  Mukherjee says, "Every woman’s career journey is rich in opportunities for challenge and growth, stimulation and satisfaction. But the road is long, and sometimes the journey can feel daunting, maybe even impassable. What drives us to move forward? A vision, a map, and ample supplies – including endurance, support, curiosity, and purpose.”  Join us for intimate and honest storytelling with an award-winning lawyer, mother, daughter, podcast host, and corporate executive as she shares the lessons she learned for integrating professional success with personal satisfaction.


We have extended invitations to several Black leaders in the Commonwealth for our Chamber Leadership Program the last week of February.


Our DE & I programs will continue throughout the year with a look at the Public Perspective in early Spring; Young Professionals addressing DE & I in late Spring, and a live event in the Fall.


The Wall Street Journal describes Black History Month as "a time when the culture and contributions of African Americans take center stage in a variety of cultural institutions including theaters, libraries, and museums.”  The Hampton Roads Chamber is extending that stage to include the business community.  We believe DE & I must be part of all business plans to reach true success in 2021.


Ronnie Parker
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Hampton Roads Chamber
Ronnie Parker serves as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Hampton Roads Chamber. In this capacity, Ronnie works with the Chamber to support strategies that ensure a diverse and inclusive business environment. Ronnie also provides guidance and support in dealing with diverse workplace issues and community engagement to include supplier diversity and corporate social responsibility.
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