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A Just and Prosperous State with and for Black Minnesotans  
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Who We Are

We are the Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity.

And we have seen
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After the killing of George Floyd, we have seen what cannot be unseen. Systemic racism has taken a toll on Black Minnesotans for far too long. It’s time for the business community to do more to eliminate racial disparities because our state’s future depends on it.

Across a whole range of economic, education, and health measures, the gaps between Black Minnesotans and White Minnesotans are among the widest in the country. The twin forces of rising diversity amidst persistent exclusion from the economy form a core challenge that the business community must address to remain competitive.

At MBCRE, we are different. We are a collective impact organization working with the business community across the state of Minnesota. We believe that through our collective action, we can build an equitable, inclusive and prosperous state with and for Black residents.

We are focused specifically on improved economic outcomes for the Black community in our state.
We work across sectors and levels in the business community in pursuit of prosperity and justice for Black Minnesotans.
We are here to honor existing work already being done in the community.

We hope you will join us in these efforts.

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How We Are Helping

We intend to apply our expertise, experience and resources in three pillars as we work to overcome systemic racism.

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Employment Opportunity
Close the wage gap by hiring, retaining, and promoting Black Minnesotans across all levels in MBCRE member companies.
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Black Business Development
Create wealth in Black communities by improving the success rate of Black-owned businesses by increasing capability, capacity, and visibility.
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Community Well-Being
Strengthen Black communities by advancing just housing, safety and policing practices
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It is incumbent upon organizations committed to racial equity to challenge ourselves to reflect, empathize, act, and learn. We have developed actionable resources and made them easily accessible to organizations, diversity and inclusion practitioners and individual users alike. We developed the Allyship Toolkit as a learning space for our Coalition Members and others to deploy Ally programming within their organization in order to build a community of Allies committed to supporting Black Minnesotans.

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Get Involved

We cannot do this alone.

Get involved, take action and help us eliminate systemic racism.

MBCRE Membership

The Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity (MBCRE) is composed of members acting together to advance our principles. With a focus on businesses and large employers, we invite other organizations to join us to advance our mission.

Member Expectations

Members are committed to:

  • Center Black Minnesotans in the work
  • Participate fully in the work of at least one Pillar
  • Follow the work across all Coalition Pillars
  • Contribute financially to the development of the Coalition
  • Inform leaders in your organization of Coalition work
  • Take bold action to advance racial equity within your organization
  • Share best practices and results with Coalition members
  • Provide expertise and insight to advance racial equity
  • Refrain from leveraging MBCRE for personal or business interests beyond the mission of the Coalition

 

Managing Director

Tiffani Daniels

Tiffani Daniels


MBCRE Steering Committee

Courtney Schroeder

Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, General Mills
Black Business Development Pillar Co-Chair

Delphanie Daniels

Community Engagement Director, Best Buy
Community Well-Being Pillar Co-Chair

Keisha Powell

Director, Equity & Inclusion, Children's Minnesota
Employment Opportunity Pillar Co-Chair

Samuel Ndely

Philanthropic Advisor, The Minneapolis Foundation
Black Business Development Pillar Co-Chair

Shereese Turner

Chief Program Officer, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Community Well-Being Pillar Co-Chair

Toweya Brown Ochs

Director, Diversity & Inclusion, HealthPartners
Employment Opportunity Pillar Co-Chair


MBCRE Advisory Council

Amelia Hardy SVP, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Best Buy
Bukata Hayes VP, Racial & Health Equity, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN
Darren Harmon Sr. Director, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, UnitedHealth Group
James Burroughs SVP, Government & Community Relations, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Children's MN
Linda Sloan Executive Director, Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
Peter Frosch CEO, GREATER MSP
Reba Dominksi EVP, Chief Social Responsibility Officer & President, US Bank Foundation
Shannon Smith Jones Executive Director, Hope Communities
Susan Bass Roberts VP, Executive Director, Pohlad Family Foundation


Our Members

3M
Allianz Life
Allina Health
Andersen Corporation
Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
Artic Wolf
Best Buy
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota
Bremer Bank
Carlson Companies
Carlson School of Management
Children’s Minnesota

CHS Inc.
Element Fleet Management
Fairview Health Services
General Mills
Great Clips, Inc.
Land O’Lakes Inc.
McKnight Foundation
Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx
The Opus Group
Piper Sandler
Post Consumer Brands
Red Wing Shoe Company

Scoular
Target
Thrivent
The Toro Company
Travelers
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
UnitedHealth Group
U.S.Bank
Winnebago Industries
Xcel Energy

News

May 20, 2024
From the Desk of Tiffani Daniels: Executive Reflection Comment icon
By Tiffani Daniels

Pay Transparency: Dollars and Sense

In April, I spoke on a panel on pay transparency hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.  

It was a lively conversation that brought together academics, business leaders, and policy experts to explore what’s going on behind the scenes with our current  labor market, and how it affects the experiences of low- and moderate-income workers. 

I wanted to share with you some of my take-aways from this important discussion:  

  • Pay transparency is good for business. Employers that share what everyone is paid  are more likely to retain and attract Black talent and foster inclusive workplaces. This can lead to  greater productivity and better morale, improving business outcomes. According to Ernst and Young, equitable pay may be one of the fastest routes to addressing inequity in the workplace. 
  • Pay transparency highlights the power of information. For employers, pay transparency is an opportunity to reduce wage disparities.  For Black employees, this information can increase their negotiating power, and help them identify job opportunities that align with their wealth building goals.
  • Pay transparency is one of many levers that can  improve economic growth and Black wealth creation in Minnesota. Last year, MBCRE successfully advocated for another: passage of the CROWN Act, which banned race-based hair discrimination in Minnesota, including in the workplace.  

MBCRE  will continue to advocate for policies — including pay transparency — that improve workplace belonging and inclusion. If you’d like to watch the recording of the Federal Bank of Minneapolis panel on pay transparency click here

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If you are interested in knowing more about the Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity, or are a member of the media, please contact us at: info@mbcre.org