Power of Diversity - Hear It! Feel It! Live It!
Is Focus of Major Conference on Work force Diversity
May 14 & 15 in Rochester
3 Keynote Speakers, 20 Leading National Diversity
Plus - Special Presentation & Panel - Mayor's Biracial
for Community Progress
New York-March 13, 2002-Hundreds are expected to attend
The Power of Diversity Conference, Hear it! Feel It! Live
It!, May 14 and 15, 2002 in Rochester. The major two-day
conference on work force diversity will focus on how people
can engage the full power of diversity in their companies
and organizations to achieve business objectives.
Power of Diversity Conference will bring together more
than 20 of the nation's foremost experts on work force diversity
as session presenters and keynote speakers. It is organized
by The Greater Rochester Diversity Council, an alliance of
Rochester's leading employers and the region's leading educational
resource on work force diversity.
Richards, Chairman and CEO of RGS Energy Group, the principal
sponsor of this year's conference, emphasizes, "We can't
consider our diversity initiatives truly successful until
we understand how to fully engage the diverse talent that
stretches from the company's entry door to the senior ranks."
Richards will deliver the opening keynote address on May 15.
is the GRDC's fourth biennial conference. Its last major conference
in 2000 attracted more than 800 people and set a record for
being the largest conference on workplace diversity ever held
in the United States.
Power of Diversity is designed for employees and managers
of all levels in private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
All sessions will be held on the campus of Nazareth College.
The all-inclusive fee for both days is $300 per person.
will explore issues including: dialogue, employee networks,
gaining and sustaining top management support, ethical aspects
of diversity initiatives, dealing with resistance, work/life
balance, cross-cultural communication, quality and customer
service in a multicultural world and evaluating and measuring
in the workplace has been a top-level concern for Rochester
area companies and organizations but this year, with recent
events, the issue is being given even greater importance,"
notes Sharon Mangione, Manager, Employment and Development for
Rochester Gas & Electric and Conference Chair.
The conference environment and non-traditional session formats
will facilitate making connections with others and breaking
down barriers. Attendees will be able to see and experience
differences through storytelling, games, simulations, exercises
and heartfelt sharing of experiences.
May 14, 2002
C. Henderson, Ed.D. Unity & Diversity - Imperatives
for Social Progress
Open Your Eyes to the Differences Around You
Bi-Racial Partnerships for Community Progress, Panel Q&A
This presentation will celebrate the successful completion
of Phase I of this model national program, which includes
170 participants or 85 "pairs" of top leaders
of diverse race and ethnic origin. It was established
by Mayor William A. Johnson Jr.'s Commission on Race &
May 15, 2002, Conference Day
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Richards, Opening Keynote Address
Betances, Closing Keynote: The Benefits & Values
Twenty leading diversity experts from around the nation
will address a broad spectrum of current work force diversity
issues and best practices including:
Religion at the Office Door, Georgette Bennett,
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, New
Me the Money - Diversity & the Bottom Line, Terrence
Simmons, Simmons Associates, New Hope, PA
Sanity in the Midst of Chaos - Work/Life Quality &
Balance, William Guillory, Innovations International,
Salt Lake City, Utah
White Men as Full Diversity Partners - Bill Proudman,
with Disabilities - Jody Wildy, Office of Disability
Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington,
Wegmans Way of Doing Business - Karen Mack, VP, People,
Planning & Resources, Wegmans, Rochester, NY
The conference is sponsored by 20 area companies and organizations:
RGS Energy Group, the principal sponsor, and Bausch &
Lomb, Eastman Kodak Company, Wegmans, BlueCross BlueShield
of the Rochester Area, ExxonMobil, Nixon Peabody LLP,
Time Warner Cable, University of Rochester, West Group, Harris
Interactive Inc., Rochester Institute of Technology, American
Red Cross, Career Development Services, Global Crossing/Frontier
Corporation, Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce,
The IMC, Nazareth College of Rochester, St. John Fisher College,
and The Health Association.
Register online at www.rochesterdiversitycouncil.com. Session
information, forms, the conference brochure are also available
online. For more information or to request a conference brochure
by mail call: 585-224-2727 or visit the website.
& Travel Information
All sessions will be held on the campus of Nazareth College
of Rochester, located at 4245 East Avenue in Rochester, New
York. For maps and directions visit our website.
block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at the Courtyard
by Marriott at 1000 Linden Park, Rochester, NY 14625. For
reservations call (585) 385-8620 and identify yourself as
an attendee of the Diversity 2002 Conference.