ATL Action for Racial Equity leverages the power of our region’s business community to advance racial equity through collective impact. My company is proud to join this critical, multi-year effort to address the pervasive effects of systemic racism in the community and workplace. We commit to carrying out targeted actions, tracking our progress, and sharing lessons learned as we strive to leverage our size and scale to make metro Atlanta a more vibrant, equitable, and inclusive region.
In addition to standing with others who are committed to racial equity, we embrace diversity, equity and inclusion as core values in the success of our business, the growth of our economy and the future of our community.
We are excited to announce the return of our annual ATL Action for Racial Equity (AARE) Summit. This year’s summit will be held on Monday, October 9, at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. As committed company of the AARE initiative, we would like to invite you to this impactful experience highlighting our collective progress to advance the region’s racial equity and identifying the work that still needs to be done. Expect candid dialogue and insights on the four key pillars of AARE initiative – Corporate Policies, Inclusive Economic Development, Education, and Workforce Development.
In February, thanks to the participation of more than 250 businesses that committed to participate in the initiative, MAC released the results of the second AARE Assessment Report. This assessment report showed progress from our committed companies in advancing diverse talent regarding representation, recruitment, and retention. This is a small but significant step in our overall mission to strive for progress over perfection as we know that there is still more to do.
As the journey for progress continues, I am proud of our work thus far. This multi-year effort is designed to address the effects of systemic racism in the region, specifically in metro Atlanta’s Black community. To help with this journey, we curated a list of actions/recommendations in four key areas (mentioned above). These playbooks serve as a guide to implementing best practices in your organization’s racial equity journey, and we encourage you to continue using each playbook as a resource.
Thank you for your commitment to advancing racial equity.
Please register here for the AARE Summit.
We look forward to seeing you on October 9!
Michael J. Baptiste
President/CEO – Southern Company
VP-DEI, Metro Atlanta Chamber
DEI Lead - National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Managing Director - OneTen
Partner - Groundwater Institute, Co-Founder – Racial Equity Institute
Chief Operating Officer - Russell Center
Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon
Founder/CEO - Village Market
President/CEO - ATL Black Chambers
Anona Shugart Walker
Regional Lead/TechEd Outreach - Google
President/Executive Director - Achieve Atlanta
President/CEO - Inroads
Principal and Chief Consultant - Long Game Solutions, LLC
Executive Director - STRIVE Atlanta
Executive Director - Georgia Justice Project
VP-DEI, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Leading companies support ATL Action for Racial Equity