On Thursday, November 15th, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Champions of Diversity Luncheon at noon at River Run Country Club in Davidson. The Chamber will recognize the Corporation, Small Business, Nonprofit, and Individual who practices and promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This event was previously scheduled for September 20th but postponed because of Hurricane Florence.
In addition, the chamber will host Michelle Murphy, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion and Global Talent Acquisition at Ingersoll Rand. Michelle leads Ingersoll Rand’s efforts to create and sustain a Progressive, Diverse and Inclusive (PDI) work environment, a key underpinning of their winning culture, deeply integrating PDI into Human Resource, functional and business processes across the company.
Chris Hailey, the Chamber’s Diversity Chair, oversees the Chamber’s efforts to increase an awareness and appreciation for the diverse demographic which makes up the Lake Norman regional workforce as well as the communities themselves. “Corporations, businesses, and community organizations that are diverse and inclusive are more dynamic, innovative, and much more successful than those who fail to recognize the strengths in our differences and our unique individual talents,” said Hailey.
The Lake Norman Chamber has focused efforts on Diversity since 2008 with an emphasis on programs which recognized the emergence of women in executive roles. Bill Russell, president of the Chamber, points to female owners and entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman market. “We have a substantial number of Lake Norman businesses owned and managed by female executives and we’re seeing more female involvement in the Board Room,” said Russell. “Our Women’s Conference held annually is attended by more than 100 local women business owners and a quick look around at our civic clubs and non-profits provides a strong indication at just how women have emerged as business and community leaders over the last couple of decades.”
The Chamber has also taken strides to engage minorities in the business and community fabric of the region. “It is extremely important to create programs that engage our African American, Asian, and Latino demographic as we shape and nurture the leadership of our community and emerging workforce,” added Hailey.
The Champions of Diversity Luncheon is presented by The McIntosh Law Firm. Gold Sponsors are MSC Industrial Supply and Sam’s Club of Mooresville and Silver Sponsors include Aquesta Bank and People’s Bank. The Media Sponsor is Business Today / Cornelius Today and the program Sponsor is Mama’s Pizza Express of Cornelius.
The luncheon is $20 and members and guests can register at lakenormanchamber.org or by calling the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922.
Caption: Michelle Murphy, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion and Global Talent Acquisition at Ingersoll Rand will keynote the Lake Norman Chamber Diversity Luncheon Thursday, September 20th at River Run Country Club in Davidson.