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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Alliance Announces Diversity Initiative

The Charleston Area Alliance is making a case for diversity.

"Inclusion=Innovation" is an initiative by the Alliance to create a more prosperous economy by educating businesses how to incorporate practices that maximize the contributions of all segments of the workforce and our community.

It begins with a Sept. 22 forum -- "The Business Case for Diversity" -- featuring Dr. Roosevelt Thomas of the American Institute for Managing Diversity in Atlanta. The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Alliance offices, 1116 Smith St. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is required.

Register here.

"Studies show that diverse work team are more innovative and return higher profits for their employers," said Andrew Dunlap, the Alliance's economic development project manager.

"Through a series of high level roundtables featuring nationally-recognized speakers and prominent local leaders, this initiative will showcase best practices for accelerating profits through programs that build understanding about and effective approaches to generational, ethnic, racial, gender, cultural, religious and socio-economic differences in the business world," he said.

Dr. Thomas has been called one of the top business consultants by the Wall Street Journal and has worked with many Fortune 500 companies. Considered one of the founding fathers of diversity initiatives, he has been at the forefront of developing and implementing innovative concepts and strategies for maximizing organizational and individual potential through diversity management. Last year, he helped launch a Diversity Leadership Academy program in Charleston.

According to Thomas, diversity management is the craft of making quality decisions in the midst of tension and complexity, which is particularly relevant in today's ever-changing business landscape. Former Secretary of State Betty Ireland is scheduled to moderate the Sept. 22 panel, which includes several business leaders from among our membership. The discussion will be followed by a reception for alumni of the 2008 Diversity Leadership Academy.

Future Inclusion=Innovation roundtable subjects include "Bridging the Generation Gaps," "How Work-Life Policies Protect Your ROI in Employee Training and Retention" and "The Economic Impact of Inclusion on Businesses and Our Future."


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