Equality of Opportunity Initiative

Closing America’s Opportunity Gaps

 

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the Equality of Opportunity Initiative (EOI) to develop real, sustainable solutions to help close race-based opportunity gaps in six key areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, health, and wealth. Driven by data and informed by conversations, the EOI agenda advances these solutions through private sector initiatives, and policy advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels.

The Chamber is proud to partner with more than 500 state and local chambers, associations, and businesses across the country. Through this work, we continue to develop research and data insights, convene key stakeholders to address EOI issues, advocate and drive action to advance policies and private sector solutions, and design programs, initiatives and partnerships that address systemic inequalities and promote the promise of equal opportunity for All Americans.

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MEMBER STORIES

Dr. Anton Bizzell-Bizzell Group LLC

Dr. Anton Bizzell, MD President and CEO of The Bizzell Group

Kelly Rosenblatt
Beau Shell, CEO & Owner of Lil' Ice Cream Dude's Cool World

Beau Shell, CEO & Owner of Lil Ice Cream Dude's Cool World, breaks down how he launched an ice cream business from scratch--at 8 years old.

Kelly Rosenblatt
EOI Conversations - Bret Hart - A Conversation with Brett Hart
Rick Wade, senior vice president of strategic alliances and outreach talks with president of United Airlines, Brett J. Hart.

THE DATA CENTER

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the Equality of Opportunity Initiative in 2020 to address opportunity gaps that perpetuate broader inequalities in our society and hold back individual and business success and economic growth. To drive meaningful, measurable impact through public policy and private sector solutions, we must listen, learn, and lead.

We compiled this research to show the magnitude of opportunity gaps in six key areas. The findings below have informed our work as we continue to pursue targeted, data-driven, and sustainable solutions that will help deliver the American promise of equal opportunity to all.

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EVENTS AND CONVERSATIONS

We convene stakeholders in industry, policy, academia, and the non-profit community to share ideas through events and conversations on topics such as the future of business and education, access to capital for minority-owned businesses, diversity in clinical trials, and more. The Equality of Opportunity in Action event series was launched in December 2020 to take deep dives on topics ranging from board diversity to supplier diversity. (learn more)

THE EOI AGENDA

Driven by data and informed by conversations with business, government, academic, and civic leaders, in July 2020, we developed this initial Equality of Opportunity Agenda to advance private sector solutions and best practices, scale impactful programs, and drive policy action at the federal, state, and local level. (learn more)

EOI LEGISLATION

We continue to advocate for federal and state legislation and have endorsed several EOI-related bills that close the digital divide, promote investment in opportunity zones, expand the availability and quality of affordable childcare, and address other issues on our policy agenda. (learn more)

INITIATIVES AND PARTNERSHIPS

 

NEXT-GEN BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP

Through the Next-Gen program, the U.S. Chamber is working with historically black colleges and universities and minority serving institutions to expose students to new career opportunities, promote entrepreneurship, and advance diversity at all levels of business. (learn more...)

USCC & NACD BOARD DIVERSITY ACCELERATOR INITIATIVE

The U.S. Chamber and NACD commit to addressing the lack of board diversity by identifying, preparing, and connecting 250 Black business executives to public and private board opportunities by the end of 2022.  (learn more...)

PARTNERSHIP WITH MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Through a partnership with the Minority Business Development Agency at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber is working to strengthen Black-owned businesses, and we are collaborating with Skys The Limit to inspire and develop the next generation of diverse entrepreneurs. (learn more...)

"It’s more important than ever, as we stand on the cusp of a Great Economic Resurgence, that we work together toward a widespread recovery and inclusive growth.”

 
SUZANNE CLARK
PRESIDENT AND CEO, U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE