Rebuilding Colorado's Economy to Work for All

Making Colorado the Most Inclusive Economy in the Nation

Colorado Inclusive Economy is a statewide movement of design, intent, and action led by CEOs and leaders.

We support leaders through regular facilitation, an evolving resource toolkit, and peer support to help them build specific Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies that align with their overall organizational goals.

Members of Colorado Inclusive Economy have made a long-term commitment to the movement and will report regularly on shared metrics to ensure that we are making regular and sustained progress towards Colorado’s inclusive economy.

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the economic fragility of the frontline American worker.

  • By mid-April 2020, 35% of the lowest-income workers had lost their jobs, compared to just 9% of the highest earners.

  • People of color have been particularly impacted, with 24% of Latinos and 23% of Black Americans reporting they’ve been laid off.

  • And the protests stemming from the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many other people of color ignited our collective consciousness toward the need for structural change to address systemic inequality.

The Business Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Racially and ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform their competitors

67% of job seekers consider a diverse workforce as an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers

Team collaboration is 57% better in organizations rated highly for D&I

Join us in creating a Colorado that is more equitable and inclusive by working with our team to:

  • Revamp how your organization recruits, hires, supports, and advances employees of color

  • Transform culture to embrace and aggressively support inclusivity

  • Invest in education and workforce development to create a skilled and inclusive workforce for the future

“We challenge and invite our fellow business leaders to join with us to rebuild in a way that reflects the diversity of our state and creates an economy of shared opportunity and prosperity.”
– Helen Young Hayes, CEO of Activate Workforce Solutions & Executive Sponsor of the Inclusive Economy movement

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