Baton Rouge, La. (April 2, 2019) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that two executives with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Senior Inclusion Advisor Mary Stagaman and Vice President of the Minority Business Accelerator Darrin Redus, will serve as keynote speakers for its Diversity in Business Event scheduled for May 7. The event is presented by ExxonMobil.

“Nearly one hundred business and community leaders had the pleasure of learning about Cincinnati’s innovate programming around diversity and inclusion during BRAC’s 2018 Regional Canvas Benchmarking Workshop,” said Cheri Ausberry, BRAC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee chair and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center’s director of community development. “We knew that their message was one that Baton Rouge needed to hear, and are excited to have them join us to share their wisdom and tips for progress in our own community.”

Redus and Stagaman’s presentation, “Modeling a Community for Inclusion,” will focus on strategies to implement a regional diversity initiative, diversifying, growing, and retaining the workforce for the future, and impacting job and wealth creation in underserved communities.

BRAC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee will also announce the recipients of the BRAC Diversity Star Award at the event. With a goal toward highlighting exceptional best practices taking place in the Capital Region, the award seeks to honor and recognize regional businesses that have championed diversity and inclusion at their businesses or in the community.

BRAC’s Diversity in Business presented by ExxonMobil will be held at the Renaissance Hotel. Taylor Porter is supporting sponsor.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration for the event is $35 for BRAC investors and $45 for non-investors. Reserved seating for groups of eight is also available. More information and registration can be found at brac.org/events. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at brac.org. 

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