The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership has named Bethany Hartley director of diversity and Inclusion. In this newly-created role, she will lead regional efforts in executing strategies focused around developing more visibility, connection, mentorship, and business opportunities for women, minorities and immigrants that will ultimately lead to increased household incomes for the entire community. Hartley will work directly with the Regional Partnership's diversity and inclusion committee to coordinate and implement key strategies and will serve as the primary point of contact.

For the past decade, she has served in leadership roles including director level positions at the Women's Business Development Center, a WBENC regional partner organization, in Chicago and the Family and Children's Center and Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County. Most recently, Hartley served as deputy director at RISE | Regional Innovation and Startup Education, where she also facilitated collegiate and high school entrepreneurship programs.