The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce's monthly diversity, equity, and inclusion newsletter provides updates, programming, resources, and professional development to empower the business community to contribute to an equitable and inclusive region.

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Important April Observations & Celebrations
  • Arab-American Awareness Month
  • Autism Awareness Month
  • Diversity Month
  • April 2: Palm Sunday & World Autism Awareness Day 
  • April 5: Passover begins
  • April 7: World Health Day‍
  • April 7: Good Friday
  • April 9: Easter
  • April 13: Passover ends
  • April 14: Vaisakhi
  • April 15: Deaf History Month ends
  • April 21: Ramadan ends
  • April 21 to 22: Eid al Fitr
  • April 22: Earth Day
The Business Case for DEI
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a DEI Roundtable over the
past year in which a number of executives in the region have participated. Two of the participants, Wendy Hamilton, CEO, TechSmith, and Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, chief marketing officer and chief diversity officer, LAFCU, developed a presentation for the group on “The Business Case for DEI.” The presentation lays out a clear case that organizations that don’t embrace DEI are “leaving money on the table.” Read the full article on page 13 of FOCUS Magazine below.
April Events & Programming
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series: Everyday Practices for Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Belonging

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Lansing Regional Chamber, 500 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite 200, Lansing

Tickets: The program is offered at no cost for Lansing Regional Chamber members and $25 for future members.
Overview: Led by Dr. Vernon A Woodley, Ph.D., diversity, equity, and inclusion specialist, Lansing Board of Water & Light, attendees will begin by defining what diversity, equity, and inclusion means. Next, Dr. Woodley will articulate why DEI matters to every organization. Finally, the program will close by identifying and explicating 12 everyday actions that every employee can take to help create a culture of inclusion in their workplace.
ATHENA WIN PGD Series: Holistic Approach to Wellness

Date & Time: Thursday, April 20 from 8 to 9 a.m.

Location: Reo Town Depot, 1201 South Washington Avenue, Lansing

Tickets: The program is offered at no cost for ATHENA WIN members and $25 for future members.
Overview: Featured presenter, Joy Wagner human resources manager at Granger Waste Services, will lead a discussion on meeting mental, physical, and spiritual goals, to help reach a place of better self-care. She will also discuss wellness in the workplace, including easy ways to jump-start a program for your organization. 
Highlights From the LRCC's March Economic Club Women’s Leadership Panel
A talented panel of women leaders inspired the audience at the Lansing Economic Club forum on Thursday, March 9. The distinguished panel of women leaders included Jill Marlan, founder and CEO, Peak Performance Physical Therapy; Re'Shane L. Lonzo, co-founder and CEO, DRM International Learning Center; Jo Sinah, chief executive and inclusion officer, Peckham Inc., and State Senator Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing). The forum was moderated by Jessica Tramontana, community affairs specialist, Consumers Energy. 
Non-Profit Partner Highlight
The Xavier DeGroat Foundation is helping people with autism grow into healthy, educated and productive adults. Learn more about the foundation below.
Accessibility in Action at the Capital Region International Airport
The Capital Region International Airport has partnered with Able Eyes to create a virtual tour of the airport so travelers can familiarize themselves with the airport space for a smoother travel experience. View the virtual tour below.
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