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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. 

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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.

Why Diversity, Equity & Inclusion?

It is a competitive advantage!

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Recruiting

When you have a diverse office, recruiting new talent is more successful.

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Retention

Employees want to continue working when they feel included in the company.

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Perspective

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

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.

Diversity Committee

Diversity Committee Members

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.

Committee Focus Areas

  • 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 tha​​​t 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

"It is our goal at the Anchorage Chamber to have programs and representation that reflects the diversity in our business community.  All of this work is framed to support business efforts for our members and to recognize the changing demographics and needs of businesses in our city."

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 tha​​​t 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

"If there is no diversity, we would just be talking to ourselves all day long. A voice is only heard when someone speaks and I believe we should be among the ones sparks conversation!"

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.


AGEN Vision

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

AGEN Leadership

Lesli Olson, Far Noth Fashion
Lesli Olson, Far Noth Fashion
Joy Merriner, BDO
Joy Merriner, BDO
Dr. Jocasta Olp
Dr. Jocasta Olp, ACC, Diversity Coordinator

2020 Heritage & Diversity Calendar

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION PROGRAM SPONSORS

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