The Salt Lake Chamber and the State of Utah hosted the inaugural Utah’s Business Diversity Summit, part of the One Utah Summit Series, to engage business and community leaders in efforts to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces. It was the first diversity summit of its kind in the state of Utah to discuss diversity and inclusion where the primary focus was from a business perspective.
“This deliberate effort to advocate for more inclusion of diverse talent and combat the gender wage gap remain top Chamber priorities,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “While we still have miles to go, I believe we are moving in the right direction. With this inaugural event, we have the opportunity to have a collective experience and learn how to champion diversity and inclusion together, as well as have a launch point from which we can sail toward a more inclusive future.”
Utah’s Business Diversity Summit had several keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and resources available and targeted toward businesses with well-developed Diversity and Inclusion programs, as well as those businesses without current efforts but who want to engage.
“Businesses can achieve great market success by practicing inclusive behaviors that serve as a multiplier to innovation in products or services,” said global diversity and inclusion leader Dr. Tony Byers, who provided the opening keynote address. “By effectively leveraging diversity through inclusion and making room for more broader voices and perspectives at the table, companies have an opportunity to increase their value and reach new customers.”
Dr. Byers, who provided the opening keynote address, discussed how to build an inclusive culture through a breakthrough behavioral approach that overcomes biases and creates buy-in. In addition to sharing how to set in motion a multiplier effect of inclusion that more than doubles employee productivity while positively impacting every aspect of an organization.
“As the business world gets more involved in social and political issues — including voting rights, immigration and climate change,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. “There is a responsibility of corporations to ensure that we maintain a stable democracy.”
The afternoon keynote address was provided by Johnson and Scott Anderson, president and CEO, Zions Bank. They discussed why diversity and inclusion programs are critical to success in organizations and communities. As well as highlighting how corporations can advance positive social and political change, particularly concrete steps to promote diversity and benefit from successful efforts at inclusion.
Utah’s Business Diversity Summit took place on November 4, 2021, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Presenting sponsor of this year’s summit was Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and the keynote sponsor was AT&T. For more information: Click here.