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    Soledad O’Brien to Keynote PA Diversity and Leadership Conference

    Duquesne University will welcome more than 200 professionals from the Pittsburgh area to campus when it hosts the 3rd annual Pennsylvania Diversity and Leadership Conference on Thursday, Sept. 13.

    Presented by the National Diversity Council, the day-long program will feature more than 70 diversity and leadership sessions as well as a keynote address by Soledad O'Brien, CNN correspondent and host of Starting Point

    The conference is geared toward organizations that have facilitated diversity and leadership initiatives in their organizations and communities as well as those who desire to learn and share best practices.

    "Many organizations understand the value of having a diverse workforce, but more can still be done," said Dennis Kennedy, founder and chief executive officer of the National Diversity Council. "The need to bring cultural change into a business model and take the action in creating an environment of 'one organization fits all' calls for collective efforts."

    The conference theme, From Awareness to Action, plays a critical role in shaping both the curriculum and overall tone of the conference itinerary. It also serves as a guide and basis for discussion, as conference participants share best practices and strategies in order to formulate diversity initiatives to implement in both the workplace and community.

    Duquesne President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty will kick off the Diversity Conference with opening remarks at the event's Pennsylvania's Most Powerful and Influential Women Breakfast and award ceremony. A Multicultural Leadership Award will be presented during the event's luncheon, recognizing leaders from various cultural backgrounds who have risen above challenges and achieved success in their distinguished careers. The luncheon will also feature keynote speaker O'Brien.

    Panel discussion topics at the conference include A Business Case For Diversity: Who Is Leading the Pack in Our Communities? and Bridging Cultural and Gender Barriers, among others.

    To register and for more details, visit or email

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.