Tim Worley addresses Diversity Luncheon Thursday

Tim Worley, a former University of Georgia running back who was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft, will speak at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Champions of Diversity luncheon at River Run Country Club Thursday Sept. 21. The Chamber will recognize people who practice and promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Worley, co-founder and CEO of Worley Global Enterprises, will discuss “Diversity: The Difference Between Being Good and Being Excellent.”


Chris Hailey, the Chamber’s Diversity Chair, oversees the chamber’s efforts to increase an awareness and appreciation for the diverse demographic which makes up the Lake Norman regional workforce as well as the communities themselves.  “Corporations, businesses, and community organizations that are diverse and inclusive are more dynamic, innovative, and much more successful than those who fail to recognize the strengths in our differences and our unique individual talents,” said Hailey.

The Lake Norman Chamber has focused efforts on diversity since 2008 with an emphasis on programs which recognized the emergence of women in executive roles.

“We have a substantial number of Lake Norman businesses owned and managed by female executives and we’re seeing more female involvement in the Board Room,” said Bill Russell, CEO of the Lake Norman Chamber.  “Our Women’s Conference held annually is attended by more than 100 local women business owners and a quick look around at our civic clubs and non-profits provides a strong indication of just how women have emerged as business and community leaders over the last couple of decades.”

The Diversity Awards recognize leadership in four categories: Corporations, small business, non-profits and individuals.

The Chamber has also taken strides to engage minorities in the business and community fabric of the region. “It is extremely important to create programs that engage our African American, Asian, and Latino demographic as we shape and nurture the leadership of our community and emerging workforce,” added Hailey.

The Champions of Diversity Luncheon is presented by MSC Industrial Supply.  Gold Sponsors are The McIntosh Law Firm and Sam’s Club of Mooresville and Silver Sponsors include Aquesta Bank, People’s Bank, and PAC Public Relations. The Media Sponsors are Business Today and Cornelius Today. The program sponsor is Mama’s Pizza Express of Cornelius.

The luncheon is $20 and members and guests can register at or by calling the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922.





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