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The Diversity Forum - Another Successful Event

Oct 19, 2010

We at The Diversity Forum would like to thank you all for your continued support and yet another successful event. Debra Plousha Moore (SVP,HR Carolinas HealthCare System) delivered a powerful speech on "Workforce/Workplace: The Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion". This event was approved by the HR Certification Institute for 2.0 general credits.

Below is part of an article about the future of Diversity:
As globalization continues to shrink boundaries, workforce diversity will be an imperative for long-term sustainability of businesses large and small. These entities will require workforces with unique perspectives to remain competitive. By 2016, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and women are expected to comprise 70% of the U.S. workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And by 2043, white Americans are expected to make up less than 50% of the nation's population. Diversity, historically considered an "initiative" in corporate America, will become a workforce and marketplace reality, according to FutureWork Institute, a consulting firm that evaluates workplace trends. The organization further maintains that the fastest-growing domestic markets for goods and services will be minority communities. Therefore, smart companies are bolstering internal and external diversity efforts to take advantage of continued growth in buying power. One such emerging group is African immigrants, representing an estimated $50 billion market, according to the U.S. African Consumer Segment report ("A Unique Consumer Market," Diversity Watch, August 2009). Black Enterprise; August 1, 2010, Annya M. Lott

In her speech, Debra Plousha Moore mentioned that as our world is changing we have to learn how to embrace diversity and not be afraid. It is only human nature to be afraid of what we do not understand but as our country becomes more diverse fear will not be an option. It is up to us as leaders in our community to educate those around us to become proactive in our quest to understand Diversity and Inclusion

This year we recognized leaders in our community who have demonstrated excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.
Congratulations to our 2010 Winners!
Trailblazer Award Winner : Lance, Inc.
Champion Award Winner: Nicole Dean (Vice President Corporate HR & Chief Diversity Officer at Belk)

Thank you again to our sponsors and supporters of The Diversity Forum. Please save the date and watch for details of The Diversity Forums next event on March 30, 2011!

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