BRAC Announces Agenda for Inaugural Economic Inclusion Symposium presented by DOW

Eunice Heath, DOW corporate director of sustainability, to serve as keynote speaker

BATON ROUGE, La. (August 1, 2022) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the agenda for the upcoming Economic Inclusion Symposium presented by DOW to be held on August 18, 2022, at the Raising Cane’s River Center. The full agenda, session descriptions and registration are available at

Programming will speak to a wide range of individuals, including C-suite executives, diversity and inclusion practitioners, small business owners, HR professionals, and minority- and women-business owners. Presentations from national and local speakers will spotlight best practices for fostering greater levels of economic inclusion within the workplace and the community featuring a keynote presentation by DOW’s Corporate Director of Sustainability Eunice Heath. Additional sessions by local leaders will cover topics of creating an inclusive workplace and finding economic empowerment through entrepreneurship.  

The Symposium will also feature a Baton Rouge Procurement Opportunity Partnership (BR-POP) Vendor Connect Showcase for small, minority and veteran business owners to connect with contracting opportunities. Businesses hosting booths in the showcase include: 

·        BASF 

·        Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana 

·        DOW 

·        EBRPSS Fair Share 

·        Entergy 

·        ExxonMobil 

·        Jacobs 

·        L’Auberge 

·        LSU 

·        Ochsner Health 

·        Our Lady of the Lake 

·        Turner Industries 

·        Shell  

Additionally, small business resource providers will be available at the showcase for business owners to connect with. Small business resource providers hosting booths include: 

·        B1 Foundation 

·        Baton Rouge Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce 

·        BRAC Small Business Services 

·        Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana 

·        Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation 

·        Louisiana Department of Transportation 

·        Louisiana Economic Development 

·        Louisiana Minority Business Development Agency Business Center 

·        SJB Group 

·        Small Business Administration 

·        Small Business Development Center at Southern University 

·        Women’s Business Enterprise Council South 

The event will take place from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Raising Cane’s River Center. Registration for the event is $65 for BRAC investors and $80 for non-investors. Reserved seating for groups of eight is also available. Event registration and additional event information including the agenda and speaker list is available at Online registration will close Friday, August 12. 

The event is presented by DOW. Premier sponsors include Shell and ExxonMobil. The BR-POP Vendor Connect Showcase sponsor is BASF. Supporting sponsors include Nexstar Media and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. 

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber   

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is an aggressively ambitious regional economic development organization with a bias for action. BRAC seeks to push Baton Rouge beyond the status quo, unleash its potential, and support a vibrant business community that believes the finish line does not exist. BRAC seeks to accelerate economic opportunity in the Baton Rouge Area, for everyone, through BRING IT! Baton Rouge, its five-year, regional strategic plan. Learn more about BRAC at


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