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Chambers to present conversations about diversity and inclusion

The Kernersville and Lewisville-Clemmons Chambers of Commerce present an opportunity for its members to engage in open dialogue

CLEMMONS — It started with a conversation last fall — pre-pandemic. Chris Comer, president of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, shared with Ditra Miller, chief executive of the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce, the idea of creating a platform for their members to engage and discuss diversity and inclusion. Fast forward to 2021; the virtual event will take place on Monday, Feb. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nationally recognized diversity and inclusion thought leader Dr. William T. Lewis Sr., will share challenges, trends and how to create a culture of belonging. The conversation will include an overview of the nuances of the definitions of inclusion, i.e., diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and unconscious bias; an overview of creating a culture of belonging in the workplace, and a forecast of the 2021 diversity and inclusion challenges and trends that business and organizational leaders will need to address.

“We are always striving to learn more about moving our diverse community forward,” states Comer. “Thanks to Dr. Lewis, this will be another move in the right direction for our solid future.”

The goal is to build a more diverse and inclusive business community through open and honest dialogue. Participants can engage in real-time Q&A with Dr. Lewis during the event. All attendees are welcome to enter the virtual venue 30 minutes early and stay 30 minutes afterward to connect and participate in speed networking.

“We’re in an era where it simply makes sense for everyone to see themselves represented in order to succeed — whether it’s women breaking the proverbial glass ceiling, differently-abled entrepreneurs crushing barriers, or people of color launching businesses and investing in startups,” shared Miller. “This event is the beginning of what we hope are more conversations to come.”

This event is free for all chamber members and guests thanks to generous sponsorships from Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center, Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, Town of Kernersville Parks and Recreation, and Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more about Dr. Lewis, go to wtlewis.com . To register for this event, go to bit.ly/braveconversations2021 .