“The goal is to make sure we have fair legislation and policies in place to make sure everyone has an equal playing field with regards to how we do business here.” – Michael Baptiste

Michael Baptiste and Margaret Beckley are part of Metro Atlanta Chamber, a 159-year-old organization that serves as a catalyst and represents the 29-county region’s businesses, schools, and nonprofits. Michael is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and has over 15 years of experience in talent management and human resources. Margaret is Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Program Manager for Economic Development. She is also the Manager at Atlanta Esports Alliance.

Michael and Margaret join us to discuss how Metro Atlanta Chamber works with their esports community to hold events and promote social equity. They discuss Atlanta’s history with diversity and equity and share supplier diversity projects that will attract major events. They explain how they can help diverse business owners find equal footing in a white-male-dominated market. They also explain how they can address the inequality in the startup space.

Topics discussed in this episode of Breaking Barriers, Building Hire Ground:

  • Michael’s and Margaret’s roles within Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Upholding equity in gaming and the metaverse
  • Focusing on the esports ecosystem as an industry
  • The rich history of Atlanta regarding diversity and equity
  • The events Metro Atlanta Chamber is working to attract
  • Helping suppliers and business owners find their footing in their respective industries
  • What it means to create integration and racial equity
  • Making sure that entrepreneurial energy is equitable and across the board
  • Addressing the inequality in the startup entrepreneurial space

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