Joplin Chamber and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Work Group Announces Joplin Leadership Pledge

(Joplin, MO)The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC) and its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work group are pleased to announce the launch of their Joplin Leadership Pledge, which aims to create a more diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.  

“EDI is a crucial component of building and maintaining a successful community,” says Erin Slifka, Marketing & Public Information Manager for the Chamber. “This is an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to enhance our community by including and supporting everyone.” 

Many organizations in Joplin have already incorporated equity, diversity and inclusion into their company’s culture, and we want to recognize them. This is also an opportunity for small to mid-size organizations to commit to incorporating EDI practices in their culture as well as implementing necessary changes to internal education, empowerment, collaborative learning, and leadership. This is done within each organization’s abilities and at their own pace.  

Several groups and individuals have already signed the pledge, including: 

  • 200 Block Commons
  • Andrew Parker, State Farm Agency
  • Commerce Bank
  • Arvest Bank
  • Downtown Joplin Alliance
  • Empire Market
  • George A. Spiva Center for the Arts
  • Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Missouri American Water
  • Neal Construction Group
  • Neal Group, LLC
  • Blackthorn Pizza & Pub
  • MEs Place Soul Food Kitchen
  • T Squared Boutique LLC
  • Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci
  • Liberty Utilities
  • Workforce Investment Board of SWMO
  • Connect2Culture
  • Active Health Chiropractic
  • SWMO Vape Shop, LLC
  • Bookhouse Cinema, LLC
  • Mitzi Starkweather Photography
  • Commons Based, LLC
  • CGA Architects
  • The Joplin Globe
  • Amia Warren
  • Brian Ward
  • Kitty Ward
  • Chin-Li Chew
  • Chris Leggett
  • Isabella Callihan

“We at Commerce Bank are pleased that the Chamber has taken this critically important step to serve as a community leader in all things EDI,” says Clive Veri, President of Commerce Bank. “It was an easy decision for us to sign on as one of the initial supporters of the pledge as EDI has been a top priority for our company for a number of years. We firmly believe that diverse and inclusive teams make better decisions and ultimately deliver a better experience for both our customers and for our associates.”  

To learn more, or to sign the pledge, visit or call 417.624.4150. 


Erin Slifka, Marketing & Public Information Manager
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

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