Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Inclusion statement supporting DEI, anti-racism and anti-bias


We believe businesses and nonprofits should foster workplace and customer environments that provide equal access and equity of opportunity through the intentional inclusion of all.

Celebrating diversity, championing equity and cultivating inclusion, with humility, dignity and civility, are critical to the economic and cultural vitality and overall health of our region.

To best serve and represent our members, the Chamber will work continually to ensure inclusion is a meaningful part of all aspects of our organization’s operations and strategic initiatives.

We the chamber commit to:

  • Gathering our board, staff and members to learn from one another on diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
  • Being an active ally to and an advocate for organizations seeking economic and social justice for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and underrepresented communities.
  • Continue our efforts to create a diverse and inclusive organization and membership that represents the full variety of businesses and business people in our region.
  • Increasing our sourcing of products and services from businesses and nonprofits that are owned, led by, or focused on serving BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and underrepresented communities.
  • Taking action when we witness acts of injustice or bigotry in our communities

We encourage our members to commit to:

  • Attracting, retaining and promoting diverse talent and create welcoming environments for their customers/clients.
  • Diversifying their sourcing of products and services from minority owned/led businesses or nonprofits servicing people of color, LGBTQ+ and underrepresented communities.
  • Taking action when we witness acts of injustice or bigotry in our communities

This statement was unanimously approved by the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors on April 28, 2021

Newton-Needham Regional Chamber Diversity Committee 

This steering committee creates programming designed to help our employers understand the value and path to becoming more diverse and inclusive and assists chamber leadership in making sure the chamber’s board, committee and programming reflects our region and aspirations.



Newton-Needham MetroWest 50 Most Influential Business People of Color


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This list aims to celebrate, document and showcase the plethora of professionals and executives of color making a positive contribution to the economic and social fabric of the region. Our honorees, selected in the fall of 2020 by a seven-member committee from over 200 nominations, work and/or sit on a board for a business or nonprofit that is physically located in Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Waltham, Watertown, Natick and Framingham.

View publication, learn more about this initiative. and watch our Nov. 12 event recording here.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources 

dei resources View articles, consultants, training, recorded programs, corporate leadership, and other resources here.



The chamber's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives are supported by: 

Initiative Underwriters 

BID Needham

Direct Federal Credit Union

Insource Services

NBC Boston

Umass Amherst Mount Ida Campus



Initiative Supporters

The village bank          needham bank  

cambridge savings bank           william james college  

bulfinch group



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