Creating Pathways for Women and Minorities at Business of Inclusion

Photo (left to right): Eric Mann, president & CEO, YMCA’s of Florida’s First Coast; Sabeen Perwaiz, executive director, Florida Nonprofit Alliance; Nicole Thomas, hospital president, Baptist Medical Center South; Rosa Beckett, chief administrative officer, Jacksonville Aviation Authority; Kevin Dooley, head of HR for Jacksonville, Florida and Cary, North Carolina, Deutsche Bank; and Darnell Smith, JAX Chamber board chair.

More than 70 companies were represented at the JAX Chamber’s 2nd Business of Inclusion forum Monday. The event focused on how diverse talent creates a vibrant economy and ways to create a leadership path for women and minorities. The forum is part of the Chamber’s commitment to advance economic opportunity for all in the Jacksonville community.

“This is a vitally important conversation to have. When your values and your realities aren’t in sync, it’s time to make a change,” said JAX Chamber Board Chair Darnell Smith. “Now, we’re going to alter the narrative and change how things get done. Inclusion has to be an ongoing conversation.”

The Business of Inclusion forums are the direct result of discussions during the Chamber’s 2014 Leadership Trip in Nashville. The “Perspective on Leadership Diversity” panel was facilitated by Audrey Moran and led to a Business of Inclusion forum in 2015 that focused on diversity issues.

Photo (left to right): Eric Mann, president & CEO, YMCA’s of Florida’s First Coast; Sabeen Perwaiz, executive director, Florida Nonprofit Alliance; Nicole Thomas, hospital president, Baptist Medical Center South; Rosa Beckett, chief administrative officer, Jacksonville Aviation Authority; Kevin Dooley, head of HR for Jacksonville, Florida and Cary, North Carolina, Deutsche Bank; and Darnell Smith, JAX Chamber board chair.
Photo (left to right): Eric Mann, president & CEO, YMCA’s of Florida’s First Coast; Sabeen Perwaiz, executive director, Florida Nonprofit Alliance; Nicole Thomas, hospital president, Baptist Medical Center South; Rosa Beckett, chief administrative officer, Jacksonville Aviation Authority; Kevin Dooley, head of HR for Jacksonville, Florida and Cary, North Carolina, Deutsche Bank; and Darnell Smith, JAX Chamber board chair.
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