CenterState CEO Launches centerstateceoequity.com

Posted on January 31, 2021

Image
Cover Equity Website Graphic

New online resource offers diversity, equity and inclusion tools for organizations; businesses leaders encouraged to take the Business Equity Pledge

Syracuse, NY - CenterState CEO has created a new website offering a series of comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) tools for Central New York businesses, organizations and individuals. The site, www.CenterStateCEOEquity.com, developed by CenterState CEO and sponsored by Berkshire Bank, offers a dynamic array of information, assessment tools and educational resources to support organizations in their efforts to address racial equity in their workplaces, the community and beyond.

“We know that many companies are taking a closer look at how to develop internal and external strategies for building more inclusive and equitable workplaces,” said Dr. Juhanna Rogers, vice president of racial equity and social impact at CenterState CEO. “To ensure true impact, it is critical for organizations to equip themselves with the knowledge and tools, supported by research and equity principles, to affect positive, long-term change. We are grateful to Berkshire Bank for their support of this effort, which enables us to reach more businesses in our community as they continue this journey.”

Chris Papayanakos, regional president at Berkshire Bank stated, "This initiative is truly in line with the core values of Berkshire Bank, and our strong commitment to communities in Central New York."

Regardless of where a business is on its journey toward equity and inclusion, the site offers a thoughtful space to foster racial equity dialogue and solutions across the region. CenterState CEO invites businesses to further their DEI goals by taking the Business Equity Pledge. The Pledge asks business leaders to commit to building welcoming, inclusive and equitable workplaces across Central New York.

"Advancing greater social, cultural and economic equity requires us to be intentional in our actions and our leadership. Our collective commitment to continuous improvement and education on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion is critical if we are to realize our vision for our region as a place where business thrives, and all people prosper," said Rob Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. "In recent months, regional employers have shared that they and their employees are looking for further support to advance dialogue and programming on these issues within their organizations. We are excited to offer this new set of resources in an accessible online format, in addition to our DEI professional development training curriculum."

The site provides opportunity for self-guided learning, including self-assessment tools, a free micro-course, a guided digital library and other select online resources to increase awareness, educate and encourage visitors to take action to build social and racial equity for all. It also provides information on CenterState CEO DEI training services, which offers customizable curriculum packages available to businesses and organizations of all sizes.

Led by Dr. Rogers, these DEI training and consultation services are based on research and affirmed methods from leading national diversity scholars, integrating relevant data and historical context to examine the connections between corporate culture and equity issues.

Through grant support provided by Berkshire Bank Foundation, the site aims to guide leaders toward a greater understanding of racial equity issues and offer ongoing support for their organizations or companies as they analyze their own processes and procedures to improve their corporate cultures.

"We have been supportive of this initiative from the onset; assisting businesses in their efforts to instill diversity, equity, and inclusion into their workplaces is critical to success. Berkshire Bank and its Foundation have prioritized open dialogue and learning around social justice issues and solutions. We applaud CenterState CEO for developing a program to support businesses in this important work," said Papayanakos.

CenterState CEO is available to work with companies wishing to prioritize DEI work for their organization. Questions can be directed to resi@centerstateceo.com.

About CenterState CEO
CenterState CEO is an independent and forward thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. We serve as an advocate and resource for smart business, catalyze and facilitate regionalgrowth,andpromotecommunityprosperitythroughresults-driven partnerships, planning and problem-solving. www.centerstateceo.com

Other
CEO News

Image
Surge Accelerator Teams Innovation Night
CEO News | 02/15/2024

A Reflection on the Past Year, from Syracuse Surge Accelerator Program Manager, Emad Rahim

It is hard to believe it has been a full year since we launched the Syracuse Surge Accelerator. In reflecting on this inaugural year, I am incredibly proud of what we have created through this program, and excited to witness its continued…

Image
GNY Round 8 Applications Graphic
CEO News | 02/08/2024

Empire State Development Announces Application Window for GENIUS NY Round 8 Now Open

Empire State Development (ESD) announced that GENIUS NY – the world’s largest business accelerator focused on uncrewed aerial systems – is now accepting applications for the eighth round of the year-long program.

Image
KeyBank CenterState CEO Check Presentation
CEO News | 02/06/2024

KeyBank Awards CenterState CEO With $500,000 Investment

Funding will support the launch and growth of underrepresented firms through training, coaching, and technical assistance and provide direct lending to and investment in undercapitalized firms.

Image
Rob Simpson at the 2024 Economic Forecast Breakfast
CEO News | 01/31/2024

CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson's 2024 Economic Forecast Remarks

CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson delivered the following remarks at the 2024 Economic Forecast Breakfast event on Jan. 31, 2024.

Image
Crowd at the 2024 Economic Forecast Breakfast
CEO News | 01/30/2024

Economic Forecasters Share Continued Optimism

CenterState CEO hosted its popular Economic Forecast event to share insights into the region’s economic climate from the perspective of regional business leaders and economic experts.

Image
Nominate Business of the Year 2024
CEO News | 01/25/2024

Business of the Year Award Nominations are Now Open!

CenterState CEO is now accepting nominations from members for its 2024 Business of the Year Awards. Deadline is Monday, Feb. 26, 2024.

Image
10th-Annual-Clothing-Drive 2024 Updated
CEO News | 01/12/2024

10th Annual Mark J. Palumbo Memorial Clothing Drive, honoring Nancy Premo

CenterState CEO is hosting the 10th annual Mark J. Palumbo Memorial Clothing Drive in honor of Nancy Premo. Bring gently used items, such as winter coats, hats, sweatshirts, gloves, scarfs, sweaters and warm socks to CenterState CEO's…

Image
Syracuse Surge Accelerator Sign-Speak
CEO News | 01/10/2024

Syracuse Surge Accelerator-Meet the Teams: Sign-Speak

Meet Yamillet Payano, cofounder of Sign-Speak.

Image
Rob Simpson statement of State of the State 2024
CEO News | 01/09/2024

CenterState CEO President Robert Simpson Comments on Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State Address

Robert M. Simpson, president of CenterState CEO, in Syracuse, issued the following statement following Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State Address.