Opinion: Real Corporate Diversity Beyond Hollow ‘Race Insurance’ Programs

By | August 23, 2012

The companies associated with the California Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) demonstrate how corporate American can achieve and maintain true diversity. Last Saturday I gave the keynote address at the CBCC’s power breakfast during its statewide conference in San Diego, California. The CBCC is a well-run organization, headed up by the president/CEO Aubry Stone who is also the director of the the California Black Chamber Foundation and he serves as a California Commissioner for Economic Development.

Under Stone’s direction, the California Black Chamber Foundation became the state’s only African American owned and operated low powered radio station (97.7 KDEE FM,) serving the Sacramento region—you can listen online at: http://kdeefm.org/. He has received the Sacramento Observer Newspaper’s Lifetime Achievement Award for being one of the most influential African-American in the city of Sacramento over the past 40 years.

The CBCC, created in 1994, is the largest Black non-profit business organization in the state of California. Their focus is to work with policy-makers to help create a business environment that will spur the creation of new entrepreneurs throughout the state. They also provide guidance to major corporations in the area of supplier diversity programs. (Black Enterprise)

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