Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Working together to make a difference

Diversity, equity and inclusion genuinely underpins business performance. Diverse teams are better able to help their companies and the economic mobility of individual employees. By 2050, the U.S. stands to gain $8 trillion in GDP by closing the nation’s racial equity gap. Lessening and eliminating disparities for others benefits everyone. By offering programs and resources, we are leading our region’s businesses in creating a climate where everyone has the opportunity to live, learn and earn.

Lead With a DE&I Lens

The Diversity Leaders Certificate Program is an informative program designed to equip business leaders with the necessary tools and resources to thrive in the diversity, equity and inclusion space. Through the Diversity Leaders Certificate Program, participants will gain a better understanding of how they can lead as an equity-centered leader and make a larger impact on our community.

DE&I Resource Guide

We have compiled a guide with resources to help your organization at whatever stage in the DE&I journey you are in.

See Who's Making a Difference

The Strategic Thinking Group (STG) is a group of dedicated business leaders in the Charleston region who are working to identify high-growth minority-owned businesses for the MBA program and develop an African American board pipeline for non-profit organizations. As minority business leaders themselves, they understand the value of their voices and the positive impacts they can have on our community.

Looking to Support Minority Businesses?

Your one-stop-shop for this information is finally here! Our Lowcountry Minority Biz Directory is the ultimate regional hub for business information and includes valuable categories such as:

  • Asian-Owned and/or Operated
  • Black-Owned and/or Operated
  • Hispanic-Owned and/or Operated
  • LGBTQ+-Owned and/or Operated
  • Veteran-Owned and/or Operated
  • Woman-Owned and/or Operated

Lowcountry Minority Business Accelerator

The Lowcountry Minority Business Accelerator is committed to accelerating the development and growth of high potential minority-owned businesses, strengthening our region’s minority entrepreneurial community and advancing our region. The Accelerator provides opportunities for economic growth and prosperity.

Understanding Bias

Whether we like to admit it or not, everyone has bias. Unconscious bias, also known as implicit bias, is the underlying attitudes and stereotypes that people unconsciously attribute to another person or group of people that affect how they understand and engage with a person or group.

The best way to prevent yourself from succumbing to these unconscious biases is to become aware of them and take action to prevent them when recruiting, hiring and retaining employees.

Helping you with your DE&I journey

Ways to Engage

Diversity Dialogues


The Chamber will leverage national and local leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion to advance our region’s understanding of the importance of intentional strategies to advance a thriving community. This high impact series is designed to provide information, education and insight into the broader business community.

DE&I Leadership Certificate Training Program


This new program will prepare leaders to lean into diversity, equity and inclusion for their business and community. Sessions featuring expert trainers and active dialogues will prepare participants to lead within their organization to integrate strategies to advance a diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce.

Diversity Impact Series


Designed for a small group of executive business leaders to learn and help each other advance implementation of DEI efforts in their companies through open dialogue. This series will include interviews with company leaders who have successfully implemented strategies in their company to discuss factors encouraging access to economic prosperity, target strategies to realize the benefits of a diverse workforce and create inclusive workplace settings.

12 ways to improve your diversity recruiting strategy

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Senior Vice President of Community Development
Adrian Cain
Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Richard Waring
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Grace Hamilton
Executive Fellow of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Consultant
Kenya Dunn
The Power-Filled Woman