NOTES FROM THE SECOND CHAIR
I have spent years advocating for diversity and inclusion in the business practices of this community. At BBA we have endeavored to be advocates for minority and women owned businesses. We have spent a good deal of effort attempting to demonstrate that communities, which proactively apply diversity and inclusion in their business practices are more dynamic, economically efficient, healthy and more peaceful.
We have invested a good bit of energy trying to disambiguate many of the commonly held beliefs about diversity and inclusion. We have been careful to wordsmith our objectives such that it is understood that we are not suggesting punitive practices that serve to, “Rob Peter to pay Paul.” We understand that such a practice would secure the appreciation of Peter and the contempt of Paul.
To artfully provide voice for such initiatives requires some level of thoughtfulness and the keen application of concepts and words. It is useful to understand business practices and business logic. Our purpose is to present the compelling business case for Supplier Diversity and Inclusion. We have used such phrasing as:
“Our goals are to expand the circle of economic opportunity; to deepen the meaning and the practices of free enterprise and to strengthen communities.” “Our overarching goal is to develop TAXPAYERS.”
The New BBA Vision: Memphis/Shelby County: A full opportunity society: A dynamic, diverse epistemic community.
Opportunities are what we have pursued. And, when opportunities are realized, they yield the concept which is the ultimate aim of our, “Theory of Change.” That aim is EQUITY!
Attached is the EQUITY Statement of the Kresge Foundation. I so appreciate when another conveys my own thoughts in ways far better than I have.
Have a productive day!
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- Roby S. Williams
- Chief Relationship Officer
- Black Business Association of Memphis (BBA)
- Member Chapter of the U S Black Chambers, Inc.
- 480 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
- Memphis, TN 38126