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The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative

…is a collaborative effort to help companies and firms in the St. Louis region be better positioned to attract and retain a talented, diverse workforce and develop a diverse supplier base. It is also being launched to connect minority students and other prospective employees to employers and to connect minority suppliers to purchasers.

Recruitment Program Year Eleven (2016-2017)

We are now accepting applications for program year eleven.  Please click here for the application packet.

Please do not hesitate to contact Rosalind Reese, Program Manager ( or 314-206-3224) should you have questions about the application process.

Who We Are

Launched in 2001, the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative assists area companies in building successful diversity and inclusion programs through training, convening and consulting. The Initiative is made up of companies, organizations and agencies committed to attracting... Read More

What We Do

The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative has established a series of programs to help companies and minority employees and vendors expand their ways of doing business to be more successful by being more inclusive — from skill-building, to monthly networking opportuniti... Read More

Why Diversity

If you mention diversity, most corporate leaders will acknowledge either verbally or through a head nod and agree that it’s a good thing. Still, in many cases, business diversity initiatives have been categorized in the same manner as corporate giving and office philanthropy a nice thing to do which may or may not yield any bottom line benefits, but is essential to the busine... Read More