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Front Page - Friday, June 7, 2019

Diversity expert Elam to keynote Chamber luncheon


The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce will host Diversify, a half-day summit highlighting inclusion in the 21st century workplace, Wednesday, June 19 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Diversify will feature breakout sessions and a lunch program keynoted by diversity expert Deborah Elam.

Elam began her 30-year career at General Electric as an intern, working her way up to chief diversity officer and later GE foundation president. As GE’s first black female corporate officer, she dedicated her career to diversity, philanthropy and inclusion.

She’s received numerous accolades and awards, including the Women of Excellence Legacy Award from the National Association for Female Executives and the Women of Power Award from the National Urban League.

Elam is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (an organization of African-Americans in corporate America), the National Black MBA Association and Delta Sigma Sorority. Additionally, Elam is on the board of directors at the LSU Foundation and the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute.

In 2017, Elam launched Corporate Playbook, a business consulting firm specializing in coaching organizations to elevate diversity, inclusion and philanthropy.

In addition to Elam’s keynote speech during the Diversify luncheon (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), Diversify will offer three breakout sessions led by industry professionals beginning at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Attendees will choose from one of three session options in each time slot. Topics will include the role of empathy in diversity and inclusion, retaining and promoting veterans, cultural competency training for the Latino market and more.


Source: Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce