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Diversity & Inclusion

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce values and promotes diversity and inclusion for a successful business community through:
  • ENGAGEMENT of diverse chambers and diversity and inclusion stakeholders
  • EXECUTION of high impact, high visibility events
  • IMPLEMENTATION of substantive programs that support diverse owned business owners
  • INTEGRATION of diversity and inclusion across ALL KC Chamber programs and initiatives
Hallmark KCP&L

Foreign-born Workforce and the Economy

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce was pleased to host a workforce forum in December on harnessing the power of the foreign born workforce including over 15,433 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients in Missouri and Kansas. Studies show that foreign-born workers are vital to our local and national economies and 21st Century jobs. Click here to see the New American Economy's report on foreign-born worker's contribution to the KC region.

This letter was sent to individual members of the Kansas and Missouri congressional delegations regarding "dreamers" in September, 2017.


2017 ACE Award Recipient Debra Johnson

2017 ACE Award Recipient Michael Gonzalez

2017 ACE Award Recipient Amanda Beaver

2017 Supplier Diversity ACE Award Recipient Terry Hedrick

Diverse Business Recognition Events

POWER of Diversity Breakfast
The KC Chamber’s POWER of Diversity Breakfast is the region’s premier celebration of the metro area’s culturally diverse business community, recognizing diverse workforce members and corporations that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Greater Kansas City Chamber values and promotes diversity because it enhances the business community and the economic development of the region through: increasing regional and global business development; expanded educational opportunities; and creating a robust community infrastructure that encourages all community members to make contributions using their special talents, expertise and knowledge.

Learn more about our our past Ace Award recipients and Champions of Diversity

Diverse Business Program

POWERConnections is designed to assist minority and women-owned business owners in strengthening their business by leveraging the expertise of corporate partners. POWERConnections’ objective is to help minority and women-owned businesses identify and overcome barriers that typically inhibit their success. Through POWERConnections, the KC Chamber aims to produce a broad base of high quality, competitive and profitable companies throughout the KC region.

Apply for POWERConnections >>


In 2017 the KC Chamber, the Asian American Chamber of Kansas City, the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of
Greater Kansas City, the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council, the Mid-America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and Nonprofit Connect contracted with Resource Development Institute to conduct a survey of companies and organizations in the metro area regarding their Diversity and Inclusion efforts.

An Equity Profile of Kansas City Region
The Kansas City Region Equity profile is one in a series of profiles being developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California. The Equity Profiles inform planning, policymaking, and community action in regions and states. This profile documents the rapid demographic shift of the Kansas City Region and tracks its performance on a host of equity indicators. Over the past three decades, the share of the region’s people of color grew from 16 to 27 percent, and is expected to grow to 42 percent by 2040. To secure a prosperous future, the region needs to implement a growth model that is driven by equity. This would entail strategies that address high poverty levels and create jobs for people of all education levels.

The Kansas City Regional Equity Profile, a Profile Summary, and a set of slides with the profile charts can be found at:



The Chamber is proud to partner with leading business groups and coalitions throughout our two-state region to support efforts to serve and recognize area minority and women-owned businesses and our culturally diverse workforce. Check out these links for great information about important programs serving our culturally diverse business community.

2017 Diverse Business committee

Chair: Michael Gonzales, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Tahir Atwater  Big Brothers Big Sisters
Terry Bassham  KCP&L
Marquita Brockman Taylor  Negro League Baseball Museum
Tricia Bushnell Midwest Innocence Project
Valerie Coyazo  KCP&L
Mike Cubon Ability KC
Gaby Flores Children’s Mercy
Adam Gebhardt  Cerner Corporation
Carla Gibson REACH Healthcare Foundation
Gwen Grant Urban League of Greater Kansas City
Julie Hickman  Diversity Compliance & testing Group, Inc.
Sidney King Liberty Bank & Trust
Adriana Martinez  ECCO Select
Joe Matthews  Sprint
Jake McMillian  Littler Mendelson P.C. 
Mary Meacham  DST
Bobby Morris-Culp Grant Thornton
Edgar Palacios  Blue Hills Community Services
Kirk Perucca Kirk Perucca & Associates Inc.
Roxanne Powers  Black & Veatch
Lakeesha Scott  Honeywell
Kendall Seal Women’s Foundation
Vanessa Sims UMB