We are excited to share the news of the upcoming conference Realizing the Benefits of a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce which will take place on Thursday, April 25 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm at the UNC Asheville Wilma Sherrill Center. The conference is sponsored by the City of Asheville and Buncombe County and is part of our 2013 Stand Against Racism.
By the year 2042, the United States will be a majority-minority population, where those of European, non-Spanish speaking ancestry will make up less than 50% of the population. This demographic change will impact hiring, marketing, promotion, vendor choices and every aspect of a business’s operations.
Dr. Robert Livingston, the keynote speaker, is a diversity researcher who examines how physical appearance and non-conscious processes influence stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination along with diversity and leadership. Specifically, he investigates the unique challenges confronting women and minorities in upper management, as well as the conscious and non-conscious processes underlying leader selection. He will be joined by regional economist Tom Tveidt who will provide an analysis of the current and future demography of the state and region.
Other offerings for the conference include 20 breakout sessions with topics such as HR Basics for Transparent and Fair Policies, Mentoring Transformed for 2013, and Building Effective Diverse Teams. The conference will conclude with a panel of organizational representatives who have instituted best practices for equity and inclusion including Wells Fargo, Asheville Fire Department, and US Forest Service.
Businesses and organizations encouraged to send teams of 2-4 people. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. Space is limited, so register today! Click here for the registration form.