DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
Our mission is to better serve and advocate for the business community by becoming a more open, inclusive, and diverse organization reflective of the make-up of Anchorage.
The Anchorage Chamber positions diversity, equity and inclusion as critical for business maturation and growth.
We endorse the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies that advance productivity, innovation, and economic growth.
Our Diversity Initiative drives economic competitiveness, highlights diverse employee populations, and promotes inclusive growth throughout the Anchorage Bowl.
When you have a diverse office, recruiting new talent is more successful.
Employees want to continue working when they feel included in the company.
The idea pool is deepened when including people of diverse backgrounds.
Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program
The Anchorage Chamber, in both its values and practices, is committed to inclusion and excellence of all diverse people irrespective of differences. This means that there shall be no barriers to participation in any activity of this Chamber on the basis of economic position, gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. We recognize that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision-making. We believe inclusiveness is a fundamental principle of every organization that enhances its ability to respond more effectively to changing demographics and needs. We affirm our commitment to reflecting the diversity of Anchorage and the members of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
Diversity Committee Vision
We envision a board that reflects the demographics of our city and a growing membership of businesses representing the diversity of our community business owners and entrepreneurs.
The Diversity Committee is responsible for: supplying advice and support for the development and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion programs; developing initiatives to augment retention and recruitment strategies for a diverse membership; and providing guidance and assistance with respect to the continued evolution of the Chamber’s diversity, equity and inclusion standards.
- Workplace: Adopting policies and practices that include people who have historically been absent from your organization.
- Workforce: Concerted effort to recruit qualified employees from traditionally underrepresented groups.
- Marketplace: More deeply involve minority-owned enterprises and consumers in the regional economy and recognize the enormous purchasing power of minority groups.
“The Anchorage Chamber endorses the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies that advance productivity, innovation, and economic growth.”
Jocasta Olp, Diversity Coordinator
“Diversity makes our businesses – and the larger business community around us – stronger. The ideas, opinions and contributions that come from people of different backgrounds and experiences can only have a positive effect on the economic growth of Anchorage and the personal growth of the people who work here.”
Joy Merriner, BDO
Bruce Bustamante, President & CEO of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
"Diversity makes our businesses – and the larger business community around us – stronger. The ideas, opinions and contributions that come from people of different backgrounds and experiences can only have a positive effect on the economic growth of Anchorage and the personal growth of the people who work here."
Joy Merriner, BDO
Gary Scott, Thompson & Co.
Ed Hendrickson, Alyeska Pipeline
Jin Chen, Alaska Skylar Travel
ANCHORAGE GIG ECONOMY NETWORK
The Anchorage Gig Economy Network "AGEN", formed by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program, is for those that share a common interest in the future of the new Gig Economy and how it is impacted by the Anchorage business community.
This includes app-based workers, freelancers, independent contractors, consultants, professional service sector and the like, working and living in Anchorage. It is about more than just Uber and Lyft. It is a sounding board for anything relating to the Gig Economy. Airbnb, Rover, DoorDash, Etsy, Instacart, Freelancing community, etc.
Come share your wealth of information as a seasoned worker, learn pointers as a newbie, make new friends and even learn a new trick or two. Information is power! The Chamber will also be here in the background to listen and to help improve rights and benefits of the industry.
AGEN Mission Statement
To advance opportunities for gig workers and expand Anchorage’s workforce prospects, allowing individuals to work, play, and live in our city.
Creating a space for gig workers to connect and share lessons learned, challenges and solutions
Allowing the chamber to be more educated with gig economy business needs
Igniting advocacy on issues that improve the rights and benefits of the gig economy