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.