Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At NSA Kentucky, we are committed to welcoming and celebrating diversity in our membership.
To achieve inclusiveness, we strive to create an environment where all people, particularly people from traditionally underrepresented groups (i.e., women, people of color, people with different abilities, etc.), feel supported, listened to, valued, and able to do and become their personal best.
We define diversity as differences and similarities, including but not limited to individual characteristics such as:
Gender, gender identity, or expression
…plus any other category protected by local, state, and federal regulations, ordinances, and statutes.
With this in mind, the National Speakers Association Kentucky Chapter seeks to position ourselves for the future by taking more proactive measures in our Diversity & Inclusion (D & I) efforts.
We recognize that by creating the kind of environment—one that is welcoming, inclusive, empowering, and respectful—we open the door for greater collaboration, creativity and innovation, increased participation, an elevated sense of community, and belonging for all.
In order to achieve this, the National Speakers Association Kentucky Chapter will provide leadership, commitment of time, and resources to attracting, reflecting, and valuing diversity and inclusion in the following areas:
- Membership - both professional and candidate level
- Board and committee representation
- Marketing/publications (including social media, website, newsletters, and brochures)
- Access/accommodations for people with disabilities
2020 statement on racial justice and equality
Recent events have placed the issues of racial justice and equality in the national and local spotlight. The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others have been a catalyst, re-igniting important discussions on these serious issues.
At NSA Kentucky, we support the effort to identify and combat the racial injustices and inequalities that still exist in our society.
One of the most useful and important skills we have as speakers is the ability to listen. We have reached out to our members to discuss and identify potential blind spots we may have missed in the past and how we can best serve all of our members now and in the future.
We believe we must continue to listen and learn from each other so that together we can make positive change in helping to solve the problems that create division, injustice and inequality in our communities.