DEI Commitment

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are central to CenterState CEO’s vision of continually building a region that is vibrant, globally-connected and recognized as a place where business thrives and all people prosper.

As a forward thinking economic development strategist, CenterState CEO celebrates diversity in all its forms, and embraces all individuals and respect their originality. Whether it’s religion, race or ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, age or differing abilities – many unique backgrounds, experiences and thoughts drive creative and effective decision-making. Furthermore, a diverse, inclusive and accepting community is imperative to creating greater equity for all, and is critical to our collective success.

CenterState CEO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer without regard to race, creed, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, military status or veteran's status.

CenterState CEO demonstrates its commitment by welcoming talented people of all backgrounds and recognizing them as critical elements of our organizational and regional success. We continue to create a diverse organization through improvements in recruiting, retaining, training, advancement and fostering an inviting organizational culture. Creating inclusive workplaces delivers better outcomes for our team, members and community.


DEI Council & Committee

CenterState CEO’s internal DEI Committee helps build a more inclusive workspace through ongoing programming, professional development opportunities, and creating spaces for dialogues that discuss the implementation of DEI principles within CenterState CEO’s work. A staff-led DEI Council leads internal efforts to build a more inclusive culture in partnership with the larger committee.

CenterState CEO’s 2022 DEI Council members (l to r): Kevin Schwab, Dr. Juhanna Rogers, Elle Hanna, Zeruiah Jones and Jonathan Link Logan.

Take the CNY Business Equity Pledge

CenterState CEO invites the business community to take the Central New York Business Equity Pledge, which asks business leaders to commit to building welcoming, inclusive and equitable workplaces for all.