News - October 2005

Call For Speakers! Proposals Due November 11
The Case for Diversity - It's Everybody's Business - May 22-24, 2005

Mark your calendars now for the sixth and largest conference presented by the Workforce Diversity Network, (formerly the Greater Rochester Diversity Council), which has organized some of the nation's highest-attended workforce diversity conferences.

Tracks will include:

  • Leading edge trends in diversity
  • Recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce
  • Cultural competence
  • Creating inclusive organizations
  • Legal concerns & guidelines
  • Leadership role & competencies
  • Global issues and perspectives

"As one of the largest conferences of its kind in the country, the breadth and depth of topics covered will be second to none and the most diverse we have ever presented," said Alfreda Brown, WDN Chair and Chair, Commission for Promoting Pluralism, at Rochester Institute of Technology. "From establishing strategy to measuring results, there will be something for everyone at this event no matter what stage they are at in implementing their diversity initiatives."

Call for Speakers
We are seeking leaders for sessions and activities that cover a variety of formats, especially those that go beyond traditional conference presentations and convey the power of experiencing diversity. We encourage proposals for experiential and participatory sessions that are focused, reflective and generate dialogue. See complete details

National Attendance
"More than 2,500 people representing over 200 companies and organizations nationally have attended our previous conferences," said Mike Streeter, Executive Director of the GRDC and the WDN. "We expect this event to build on that demonstrated success."

Leading Experts
The conference will feature about 30 of the nation's most highly-regarded diversity experts who will present at keynotes and more than 40 sessions on an extensive range of current workforce diversity issues.

Legal Symposium
The conference will conclude with a half-day symposium on diversity issues in the legal profession.

Useful Products & Services
Diversity Marketplace will feature over 30 organizations that will exhibit diversity-related products and services.

In addition to principal sponsor, Nixon Peabody, the conference will also be supported by more than 20 other leading employers. Previous conference principal sponsors include Eastman Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, RGS Energy Group and Xerox. A conference of this scope and importance would not be possible without their support or that of all our sponsors which will also include many other prominent companies and organizations.

For information on how to become a sponsor contact Mike Streeter .


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