The Gwinnett Chamber recently hosted its second annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Summit presented by Georgia Power. The SHRM- and HRCI-certified event welcomed 250 business professionals and community leaders at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta NE – Norcross to learn best practices and current trends related to equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Speakers addressed talent and business trends around Gwinnett’s 81% diversity index, a statistic that economists project the U.S. to reflect by the year 2040. Panel topics and speakers included:

Panel 1: Creating Equitable Access to Talent and Workforce Development

  • Dr. Jeremy Bennett, Associate Dean, Stetson Hatcher School of Business, Mercer University
  • Melissa Miller, Human Resources Business Partner, Heraeus
  • Dr. Tommy Welch, Chief Equity and Compliance Officer, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Panel 2: Counting Your Success – How to Measure the Impact of DE&I Initiatives

  • Carl Hill, Director – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
  • Dr. Aby Parsons, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager, Georgia Power
  • Natalie Williams, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Verizon

Aisha DeBerry, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager for Gas South moderated the panels and Gwinnett County District 4 Commissioner Marlene Fosque delivered a strong closing address challenging attendees to continue the conversation. For more information on the Chamber’s initiatives and events, please visit

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