Record numbers of employees are planning to retire as our city and state continues to get more and more diverse. Is Madison ready for the next generation? Are our companies, agencies, and organizations moving towards a more inclusive culture?
These are some of the issues that will be talked about as local professionals of all ages, races, and ethnicities converge on the Monona Terrace Convention Center May 20 for the Urban League of Greater Madison’s 3rd Annual Workplace Diversity & Leadership Summit and Awards Luncheon.
The Workplace Diversity Summit is an event that continues to grow and evolve as the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) brings together leaders in the business, education, nonprofit, and government arenas to explore local, state, and national best practices and learn how to foster diversity, spur innovation, and experience growth.
Richardson and Hargrove-Kreighoff have been working hard to plan the annual summit that will feature Dr. Steve Robbins who will be doing the keynote speech in the morning and wrapping things up later in the day. Robbins is a powerful speaker who has been called on to inspire, educate, and prepare the workplaces of organizations like Pepsico, Kraft Foods, McDonald's, Disney, Nordstrom, Boeing, Toyota, Honda, Wells Fargo, Mayo Clinic, NASA, the National Security Agency, US Navy, Microsoft, Chevron, and numerous others.
For more information visit www.ulgm.org/summit2013 or call Deirdre Hargrove-Krieghoff at 608-729-1208.
Past presenters have included Renea Murphy, Director of Diversity for Coca-Cola Company; Maria Campbell, former Chief Diversity Officer for S.C. Johnson Company; and Kwame Salter, President of the Salter Group.
The theme of the first Summit essentially centered on market awareness. Awareness about how diverse the professional talent pool is becoming in our area. The theme for last year’s Summit was making the business case for workplace diversity. Economists and Business Leaders warned of the looming retirement bubble, and the different demographic make-up of current and future employees. This year’s theme takes us from “Best Practices” to actual practices. We’ll hear from an expert on how to clear the hurdles that might be holding our organizations back, and from local leaders who have had success starting to move their organizations toward a more inclusive culture.
“We are excited about this year’s Summit” said Kaleem Caire, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison. “Each year the event has evolved. This year we’re bringing in Steve Robbins to guide us through a great day of learning, he is Nationally renowned in the field of Diversity & Inclusion; and delivers content in a very engaging way ”.
A powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell, Dr. Steve L. Robbins has an unmatched ability to inspire people even in the midst of disrupting and challenging the way they think about the world. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Robbins immigrated to the United States when he was five years old. He and his mother faced many challenges as Vietnamese immigrants in a new land, during a time when there was much anti-war and anti-Vietnamese sentiment.
Steve Robbins has worked with corporate giants McDonalds, Honda, Boeing, Wells Fargo, and Kraft to name a few. More locally, St. Mary’s has been working with him for several years.
“Steve provided us with the needed mindset to jumpstart our innovation journey and helped us to reframe our business case for diversity and inclusion” said St. Mary’s Regional Director of Organizational Development, Steve King.
In additional to global strategies, this year’s attendees will here from local businesses that have begun to think and act differently when it comes to how they look for talent and where they look for talent. Come learn from these successes, start your own journey at the 3rd Annual Workplace Diversity & Leadership Summit and Awards Luncheon.
The Urban League of Greater Madison’s mission is to ensure that African Americans and other community members are educated, employed and empowered to live well, advance professionally and contribute to the common good in the 21st century.
We are committed to transforming Greater Madison into the Best [place] in the Midwest for everyone to live, learn, and work. We are working to make this vision a reality through a comprehensive strategic empowerment agenda that includes programs & services, advocacy, and partnerships & coalition building. www.ulgm.org