The 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 Experts
Plus - Special Presentation & Panel - Mayor's Biracial Partnerships
for Community Progress

Rochester, 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.

The 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.

Tom 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.

This 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.

The 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.

Attendees 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 results.

"Diversity 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.

Interactive Format
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.

Tuesday May 14, 2002
4:30-7:30 p.m.
 
Robert C. Henderson, Ed.D. Unity & Diversity - Imperatives for Social Progress
  Special Presentation:
Open Your Eyes to the Differences Around You
Bi-Racial Partnerships for Community Progress, Panel Q&A and Reception

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 & Ethnicity.
     
Wednesday May 15, 2002, Conference Day
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  Tom Richards, Opening Keynote Address
  20 Sessions
  Networking Lunch
  Samuel Betances, Closing Keynote: The Benefits & Values of Diversity
     
Session Highlights
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 York, NY
  Show Me the Money - Diversity & the Bottom Line, Terrence Simmons, Simmons Associates, New Hope, PA
  Creating Sanity in the Midst of Chaos - Work/Life Quality & Balance, William Guillory, Innovations International, Salt Lake City, Utah
  Engaging White Men as Full Diversity Partners - Bill Proudman, Portland, Oregon
  People with Disabilities - Jody Wildy, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC
  The Wegmans Way of Doing Business - Karen Mack, VP, People, Planning & Resources, Wegmans, Rochester, NY

Sponsors
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.

Registration & Information
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.

Location & 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.

A 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.


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