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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Advisory Board

In December of 2019, the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) team and Board of Directors reflected on our organization’s strengths and opportunities for improvement to set the course for the future of the organization. That process concluded with the CCSNJ unveiling a new mission statement, vision statement and core values, as well as internal strategic priorities aligned with these concepts.

One of the CCSNJ’s core values includes fostering an inclusive community that embraces the diversity of the companies, organizations and individuals we serve. The CCSNJ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Advisory Board was created to continue and expand our efforts to create a more inclusive community for the South Jersey business community. The DEIB Advisory Board collaborated to create CCSNJ’s new DEIB mission and vision statements, and action items to chart the course towards the organization’s continued focus on creating a more inclusive community and to set the standard for member companies working to achieve the same goal.

Board Co-Chairs

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Michael Angulo, Esq.

Vice President for Personnel,

Labor & Government Relations

Stockton University

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Damien M. Ghee

Senior Vice President &

Regional Vice President,

Greater Philadelphia Lending Group

TD Bank

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Blenda J. Pinto

Director, Corporate &

Government Affairs

United Airlines

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Robin A. Walton

Senior Vice President of Government

and External Affairs

Inspira Health

Board Members

Kenneth Barnshaw

Kenneth Barnshaw

Senior Vice President,

Community & Government Affairs

First Harvest Credit Union

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Lovepreet Buttar, CPA

Managing Director and Principal

The Mercadien Group

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Vincent D’Alessandro

President, Southern Region

Diversity, Inclusion, Fair Lending, and

CRA Working Group

OceanFirst Bank

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Joseph W. Devine

Partner

MillerDevine Leadership Advisors

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Meredith K. Lorrilliere

Executive Vice President

Chamber of Commerce

Southern New Jersey

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Michael Munoz

Market President

AmeriHealth New Jersey

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Melissa Orsen

President, SJI Utilities;

Senior Vice President, SJI

 

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Kimberly S. Reed, M.ED., CDE

Global Diversity, Equality, Inclusion &

Belonging Executive Strategist

Reed Development Group

 

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Christina M. Renna

President & CEO

Chamber of Commerce

Southern New Jersey

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Brian P. Seaman, Esq.

Counsel & Chief Diversity Officer

Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP

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Liz Thomas

CEO

Thomas/Boyd Communications

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Monika Williams Shealey, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President,

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Division

Rowan University

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Jennifer Young

External Affairs Field Director

Southern New Jersey

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DEIB  Mission Statement: The CCSNJ is an inclusive organization that promotes equity for our diverse cross-section of member companies and their employees.

DEIB Vision Statement: The CCSNJ provides growth, connectivity, education, and prosperity built on a dynamic and inclusive business community.

Action Items:

  • Create and support business resources, educational programs and initiatives that provide equitable and inclusive opportunities for CCSNJ member companies and their employees to grow and connect with others.
  • Through deliberate recruiting efforts, increase the number of diverse business members and promote inclusive activities so that all members share a sense of belonging.
  • Advocate for policies that create an equitable landscape for CCSNJ member companies to build valuable, sustainable, and profitable professional relationships.
  • Increase participation of diverse speakers, panelists, and special guests at events.
  • Implement methods to encourage member companies to provide diverse candidates to serve in CCSNJ leadership positions.
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