Can the business community play a role in promoting an "anti-racist" work environment?

9:45 - 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017
PSU 315

This workshop will examine the creation of the “Facing Racism” professional development sessions established by the local Chamber of Commerce for business, corporate, public, faith-based leaders and administrators. It will examine the impact on local business professionals, as well as the sectors they represent, when proactively addressing issues associated with combatting racism, bias and unconscious bias in the workplace.


Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson

Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs

James B. Anderson is vice-president of marketing and public affairs at CoxHealth in Springfield. Prior to joining CoxHealth, Anderson served was president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, which was recognized in 2012 as the “Chamber of the Year” by its national professional organization.

Anderson is active in the Springfield community and beyond. Local organizations he has served include United Way of the Ozarks, Urban Districts Alliance, Springfield Rotary Club, Community Relations Board for the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Board of Directors of Springfield Innovation, Inc. at the Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center, MSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS), Springfield/Branson National Airport and Springfield First Community Bank.

Anderson has been honored with a number of awards including Springfieldian Award (2005), Missourian Award (2005), Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America Ozark Trails Council (2007), Career Service in Economic Development Award at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development (2013) and the Pinnacle Award from the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (2015).

He holds an undergraduate degree from Missouri State University and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Drury University. He is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

 Darline Mabins

Darline Mabins

Darline Mabins has worked in the financial industry for more than 10 years. The experience has afforded her the opportunity to work within the community with various charities and nonprofits. She has served as chair of the Network Leadership Council; member of the Facing Racism Advisory Committee (Springfield Chamber of Commerce) Junior League of Springfield and the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation board.

She believes serving others is a trait of great leadership. Mabins describes herself as a wife, mother, business professional, shoe connoisseur and philanthropic volunteer. She is a Springfield transplant, who has come to call Springfield her home. 

President Matt Morrow

Matt Morrow

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Before being named president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Matt Morrow served as executive vice president of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders (GBAHB). The GBAHB is the fifth largest local home builders’ association in the country, with more than 1,200 members.

Prior to his post at GBAHB, Morrow served as CEO of the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield. There he was recognized by the National Association of Home Builders Executive Officers Council (EOC) as New Executive of the Year in 2002, and as Executive Officer of the Year in 2007. After five years as a member of the EOC Board of Directors, Morrow was elected by his peers to lead the EOC, serving as secretary of the council in 2013 and as EOC president in 2014.

A radio broadcaster in the early 1990s, Morrow received the Missouri Broadcasters Association’s top honor for small market sports reporting, before moving into news and station management duties. He lived and worked in Missouri and Washington, D.C. for nearly five years as Missouri press secretary and district director for U.S. Senator John Ashcroft. During the 2000 election cycle, Morrow served as communications director for the Missouri Republican Party. 

Morrow holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a Master of Business Administration from Southwest Baptist University. Morrow and his wife, Rachael, have a daughter, Anna Christine (11) and a son, Alexander Matthew (8). 

Managing Partner Tim Rosenbury

Tim Rosenbury

Managing Partner
Butler, Rosenbury and Partners

Tim Rosenbury, AIA, is managing partner of Butler, Rosenbury and Partners, a 25-person Springfield architecture firm. Rosenbury serves on numerous civic boards and in leadership positions of community organizations. He is entering his second term as a member of the Board of Education for Springfield Public Schools, Missouri’s largest public school district.

In 2010, as chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, he initiated two strategic objectives around communicating the need for businesses to engage in reducing poverty as a workforce development strategy, and the connection between a socially and cultural diverse community and long term-economic sustainability.