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The Diversity Forum Obtains Founder-level Sponsor

Jun 24, 2009 CHARLOTTE, NC, June 24, 2009– The Diversity Forum, a new Charlotte-based non-profit founded by A. Michelle Fish, CEO of Bankston Partners, has obtained a new Founder-level sponsor, Ogletree Deakins. By selecting the highest level of sponsorship available – the firm will have significant co-branding opportunities and input into The Forum’s initiatives. As one of America’s three largest labor and employment law firms – there is a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, with many of the firms’ lawyers participating in local, state, and national professional associations such as the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers, and the Corporate Counsel for Women of Color. “We are very pleased to have Ogletree Deakins on board as a sponsor.”, said Fish. “We appreciate their dedication to diversity and know that having the ability to incorporate their expertise will only strengthen The Forum and its endeavors. Diversity in thought and perspective is critical to success in general.”

In addition to the sponsorship, The Diversity Forum is pleased to welcome John D. Cole, Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, to the Advisory Board. “I am very honored to be coming on board as a member of The Diversity Forum’s Advisory Board,” said John D. Cole. “The world is rapidly changing and diversity, inclusion, and the embracing of differences are being affirmed across the nation and around the globe as being among a community’s and an organization’s most valuable assets. I look forward to contributing to the progress and understanding of diversity in Charlotte this year and going forward.”

The Diversity Forum is seeking additional corporate sponsors who would like to raise awareness and evoke change in the area of diversity and inclusion. Please visit www.TheDiversityForum.org to learn more about the sponsorship levels available.

About The Diversity Forum The Diversity Forum is a new Charlotte-based non-profit committed to connecting business leaders, educating the community, and finding tactical solutions on how diversity and inclusion can spur business innovation and create sustainable growth opportunities. The organization hosts networking/speaking events, workshops, and webinars on a number of topics. For more information, please visit www.TheDiversityForum.org.

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