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Supporting diversity, equity and inclusion both organizationally and communitywide

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in our community. Our goal is to celebrate investors who are culturally inclusive in their workplace and be a resource to improve others. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council’s primary mission is to promote growth and enhance community awareness about the value and advantages of creating and sustaining diverse and inclusive businesses and workplace environments. Our goals are to encourage entrepreneurship, support the growth and development of businesses owned by individuals from underrepresented and marginalized groups, cultivate diversity leadership by providing resources and services for our diverse business community and help the community recognize the importance of all consumers. 

Council Chair - Eileen Soisson, The Meeting Institute. Vice Chair - Dr. Jessica Greene. For more information, email Cindy.Gettig@VisitMyrtleBeach.com.


Free DEI Classes

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MBACC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council presents the Educated Voices On Leading and Valuing Equity (EVOLVE) series. This series provides an in-depth look at diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. 

2022 Session Dates

Continuing education units will be awarded for participation in EVOLVE Series sessions. People who attend all four sessions in 2022 will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Sept. 20
DEI Vocabulary Basics

Nov. 1
Inclusive Leadership

Resources From Our EVOLVE Speakers

Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices to Focus – Diversity and inclusion include company’s mission, efforts and practices to support a diverse workplace and leverage the effects of diversity to achieve a competitive business advantage.

EVOLVE Webinar Library

EVOLVE Series: Why Identity Markers and Pronouns Matter (June 16, 2022) – Amanda Masterpaul leads a discussion on identity markers and pronouns covering the basics of what they are and how recognizing and respecting people’s identities fosters inclusivity in the workplace.

EVOLVE Series: Autism & Inclusive Workplaces (April 6, 2022) - Becky Large is joined by Greg Rosen, Frank Espinal and Lara Ceisel for a panel discussion on what employers should consider and expect when hiring and working with people with autism.

EVOLVE Series: Diversity as a Busines Model (Aug. 31, 2021) – Erika White, CDE of Pennoni Associates, discusses why DEI is good for business and how supplier diversity can be part of a business strategy. View Resources

Building a Diverse Workforce and Talent Pool (July 27, 2021) – This session, delivered by AMS in partnership with Bank of America, looks at the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Download Slides

DEI Strategies at Work (Nov. 19, 2020) – Atiya Stokes-Brown, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Coastal Carolina University, looks at strategies to implement diversity, equity and inclusion policies in the workplace.

Microaggressions (Oct. 15, 2020) – Atiya Stokes-Brown, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Coastal Carolina University, guides us in this session on microaggressions.

Unconscious and Implicit Bias (Sept. 17, 2020) – Bob Wallace led attendees through discussions on unconscious and implicit bias. Download slides.

Generations at Work (Aug. 20, 2020) – Eileen Soisson explores the key characteristics of the generations in today’s workforce and provides practical solutions for resolving conflicts between the generations. Download slides

Diversity Equity and Inclusion 101 (July 29, 2020) – Educated Voices On Leading and Valuing Equity Series presented by MBACC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council. This first episode featured Atiya Stokes-Brown, vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Coastal Carolina University, board member for Myrtle Beach Area Chamber and chair of the chamber's DEI council. Download slides.


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