Diversity, Inclusion and Your Business

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Why Businesses that Embrace Diversity
Are Positioned to Thrive in 2021

Driven by the rapid diversification of the nation’s population and the rising demand by consumers and workers for a more just and equitable society, businesses of every size and industry are recognizing the need to adopt sound Diversity, Equity & inclusion (DEI) policies and practices. On October 23rd, the Loudoun Chamber is hosting a community dialogue with national and regional DEI experts to help Loudoun County businesses better understand the need, value and effective implementation of DEI initiatives.

This virtual Community Dialogue will feature a keynote presentation by Rick C. Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wade will discuss the U.S. Chamber’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative, an effort to develop data-driven business and policy solutions to create equal opportunities for African Americans and other minority communities.

Following the presentation, Loudoun Chamber Chair of the Board Stacey Metcalfe of Inova Loudoun Hospital will lead a panel discussion focused on helping business leaders better understand how to adopt effective DEI policies and efforts.

Featured Panelists:

  • Alberto Garcia, Administrative Vice President; Business Banking, M&T Bank – A member of the Loudoun County Chamber’s Board, Al serves on the Diversity Council of M&T Bank and as the Diversity Liaison for the HOLA Resource Groups in Buffalo, Greater Washington and elsewhere.
  • Marvin L. Jones, Managing Partner, The Diversity & Inclusion Factor, LLC – A seasoned facilitator, trainer and strategist, Jones has conducted DEI seminars and workshops for 31,000+ military and civilian personnel at 48 U.S. Navy Medicine facilities around the globe.
  • Charlene Wheeless, Principal, Charlene Wheeless, LLC – Wheeless is a seasoned C-Suite leader and executive at several large, global organizations. Her skills and experiences position her to ensure anti-racist practices, inclusivity, and diversity in corporate environments.


Rick C. Wade

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach


Alberto Garcia

Administrative Vice President; Business Banking M&T Bank

Marvin L. Jones

Managing Partner The Diversity & Inclusion Factor, LLC

Charlene Wheeless

Principal Charlene Wheeless, LLC

Signature Events

Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards

The Loudoun Chamber will celebrate its 56th Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards on Friday, January 19, 2024. We will honor top community leaders as well as celebrate the success of the 2023 Board of Directors Chair, Carol Barbe of Backflow Technology LLC. We will also welcomed in our 2024 Board and the new Chair Angela Mitchell, owner of ARM Consulting, LLC.  2023 Event Photos


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Chamber Classic

On Monday, August 21, 2023, the 41st Annual Chamber Classic will be held at The Club at Creighton Farms. This event has been Loudoun County’s premier business golf tournament for four decades. The Chamber Classic offers our sponsors tremendous marketing exposure, and an incomparable day of golf on this Jack Nicklaus designed course. 2023 Event Photos

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Small Business Awards

For 29 years, the Loudoun Small Business Awards have been the most prestigious honors celebrating the best small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations in our Loudoun community. We hope you will join us on Friday, November 10, 2023, to congratulate finalists and winners in 9 categories, including the top prize, at the 2023 Small Business of the Year. Winners are announced in front of a live audience of Loudoun’s top business and community leaders.

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Valor Awards

On Thursday, April 27, 2023, the Loudoun Chamber honored 118 of our community’s real life heroes, including several truly heroic citizens, for their courageous, often lifesaving actions at the 38th Annual Loudoun County Valor Awards. Plan to join us next year with Loudoun’s top business and community leaders for this proud Chamber tradition, as we demonstrate respect and appreciation for these dedicated public servants and their selfless acts of heroism and service. Stay tuned for 2024 information.  Event Photos

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