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Monday, June 02, 2008

Diversity Leadership Academy West Virginia Now Accepting Applications!

The Charleston Area Alliance, Jackson Kelly PLLC and Ron English are proud to join with American Institute for Managing Diversity to bring the Diversity Leadership Academy to West Virginia.

West Virginia is following other regions that are leveraging diversity to strengthen their communities and institutions. The Diversity Leadership Academy of West Virginia (DLAWV) will offer this cutting-edge program to engage leaders throughout the state in a developmental experience designed to build diversity awareness and capability. Program graduates will share a common diversity language, tools and leadership skills that they can apply to the critical issues in their communities. As we have seen in other communities, they will form a "community of interest" working to create positive change in West Virginia.

The American Institute for Managing Diversity, a nationally recognized leader in diversity research and education, developed the Academy in 2001. Since the program's inception, AIMD, in partnership with local organizations, has launched programs in Atlanta, Indianapolis, the Delaware Valley Region, South Carolina and other areas.

The program is dedicated to fostering quality decisions about diversity throughout society. It will provide a methodology and new way of looking at diversity that will equip participants to inspire and champion change in their organizations, neighborhoods, homes and communities.

West Virginia has a history of successful public-private partnerships. This effort, which is supported by West Virginia's Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity,the business sector and civic leaders, is the latest example of how we optimize the inherent strengths of our diverse community. That's why we hope you'll consider participating in this pioneering program. By learning to identify and manage diversity issues, you will help change the landscape so we can better understand, work and live together.

Please take a moment to download the program materials below and apply for the DLAWV Inaugural Class commencing this fall. Applications are due by June 18, 2008.

You can submit your application via fax, e-mail or regular mail. Additional information and the application are also available at Or contact the DLA Program Manager Beth Cole at (404) 575-2131, ext. 11, or via email at

We hope you will seize this historic opportunity to be on the forefront of change in West Virginia.

Click here to download the DLAWV Fall 2008 Application


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