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DIVERSITY & 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 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 & 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.

2020 Heritage & Diversity Calendar

Diversity & Inclusion Program


The Anchorage Chamber, in both its values and practices, is committed to inclusion and excellence in the management 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 business owners and entrepreneurs.

Diversity Committee

Diversity Committee Members

The Diversity Committee is responsible for providing advice and support for the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives to augment member retention and recruitment strategies and provide advice and assistance with respect to the continued evolution of the Chamber’s diversity 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

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION RESOURCES

OPM's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Provides Federal agencies concrete strategies and best practices.

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INTERiSE

Insights from 1,274 established small businesses across place, race, and ethnicity.

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Minority Business Development Agency

Promotes the growth of minority-owned businesses.

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U.S. Department of Labor

Building an inclusive workforce.

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DiversityInc

Offers insights, best practices and case studies on diversity and inclusion management.

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Public Relations Society of America

Diversity and inclusion tool kit.

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Best Practices

Greater Cleveland Partnership's Equity & Inclusion Best Practice Library.

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Center for Economic Development

Women and entrepreneurship in Alaska.

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AK Department of Health & Human Services

A toolkit to support workplace wellness as it
relates to substance use.

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Diversity at BDO

Review BDO's diversity and inclusion best practices.

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DIVERSITY INITIATIVE SPONSORS

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