40 Leading Experts on Workforce Diversity to Present at Diversity 2004 - 3-Day National Conference - September 13-15 in Rochester, NY

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36 Informative Sessions,40 Leading Diversity Experts Keynotes - Dr. David Satcher; William Guillory, PhD; Sondra Thiederman, PhD; Terry Simmons, PhD; Rain Pryor; CEO/Leadership Forum

Diversity 2004, one of the nation's most extensive conferences ever presented on workforce diversity, will be held in Rochester New York, September 13 - 15 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Attendees are registering from companies all across the country.

The three-day event is presented by the Greater Rochester Diversity Council (GRDC), principal sponsor, Eastman Kodak Company, and more than 20 other leading employers.

The conference will feature more than 40 of the nation’s most highly regarded diversity experts. They will present at more than 50 sessions on an extensive range of current workforce diversity issues. Diversity Marketplace will feature more than 20 organizations that will exhibit diversity-related services. The conference concludes with a half-day symposium on health care, Eliminating Health Outcome Disparities.

“As one of the largest conferences of its kind in the country, the breadth and depth of topics covered is second to none and the most diverse we have ever presented,” said Alfreda Brown, GRDC Chair and Chair, Commission for Promoting Pluralism at Rochester Institute of Technology. “From establishing strategy to measuring results, there is something for everyone at this event no matter what stage they are at in implementing their diversity initiatives.”

“This is also the first truly national conference on diversity in this region, making it a unique opportunity for people in Rochester to network with colleagues from all over the country who are working on similar issues,” says Mike Streeter, Executive Director of the GRDC. “This conference is about helping people focus on getting results in their organizations. We need to move beyond just talking about diversity issues, we need to help companies develop concrete plans they can implement in order to realize the full potential of their workforce.”

50 Plus Concurrent Sessions Cover a Range of Diverse and Varied Perspectives

Issues that impact front-line employees, executives and everyone in between

Diversity within a company and diversity in the global marketplace

Hot button issues such as the role of white men, religion, disabilities, and sexual orientation in the workplace

Targeted issues including leadership, conflict resolution, measurement, and marketing

Broad strategic issues such as quality, building processes, and leadership competencies

Keynote Highlights

Monday, September 13

Essie Calhoun, Chief Diversity Officer and Director, Community Affairs, Eastman Kodak Company, Opening Keynote

Authors Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, & Elodia Tate, Luncheon Speakers

Book signing of “Open My Eyes, Open My Soul,” to follow

William Guillory, PhD, CEO, Innovations International, Inc., Leading Inclusion in the New Millennium

Tuesday September 14

CEO/Leadership Panel & Announcement of Results of National Survey: Executive Excellence in Leading Diversity/ Inclusion Initiatives

David Binkley, Sr. VP, Global Human Resources, Whirlpool Corp.

Michael Finney, President and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise

Terry Simmons, Moderator, CEO and Managing Partner, Simmons Associates

Albert J. Simone, PhD, President, Rochester Institute of Technology

Danny Wegman, CEO, Wegmans

Rain Pryor, daughter of Comic Richard Pryor, actress, singer and comedienne, Fried Chicken & Latkes - A One-Woman Experience

Wednesday Sept. 15

Sondra Thiederman, PhD, President of Cross-Cultural Communications, Bias-Free Leadership: Your Competitive Advantage

Dr. David Satcher, Former U.S. Surgeon General

Post-Conference Symposium on Health Care, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Eliminating Health Outcome Disparities: If You Want High Quality Health Care, It's Good to Speak English, Be White, and Rich

This powerful half-day symposium on how to provide effective health care for everyone begins with a keynote address by Dr. David Satcher, Former US Surgeon General. Satcher spearheaded the development of Healthy People 2010, which included the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in health as one of its two goals. Co-sponsored by the Monroe County Health Care Diversity Task Force.

Hear It! Feel It! Live It! - Session Formats for Every Learning Style & Stage of Understanding

A hallmark of GRDC conferences is the recognition that people learn in different ways and are at different stages of understanding with regard to diversity. To maximize the learning experience Diversity 2004 offers a balance of session styles from traditional lectures to theater-based interactive exercises.

Registration and Fees

To attend Diversity 2004, register online for one, two or three days at our Web site, http://www.rochesterdiversitycouncil.com or call Barb Cutrona, Vice President, the Rochester Business Alliance, at 224-2727 for a conference brochure and registration form.

Complete conference details including the agenda, session descriptions and speaker bios can also be found on our Web site.

Conference fees range from $150 for the Health Care Symposium to $840 for the full 3-day conference. GRDC member discounts, scholarships for students of GRDC member schools and group discounts are also available.

Diversity 2004 Sponsors

Principal: Kodak.

Leadership: Bausch & Lomb, Simmons Associates, Inc., Thomson West, wetWare.

Supporting: Excellus, Monroe County Department of Public Health, Monroe Plan, Nixon Peabody, Rochester Institute of Technology, Time Warner, University of Rochester, Wegmans, Xerox.

Partners: ExxonMobil, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Lee Hecht Harrison, Unisys.

Non-Profit: The Health Association, Monroe Community College, Rochester Business Alliance, RochesterWorks!, St. John Fisher College.

Greater Rochester Diversity Council

This is the fifth and largest conference presented by the Great Rochester Diversity Council (GRDC), which has organized some of the nation’s highest attended workforce diversity conferences. The GRDC’s mission is to be a catalyst to enhance professional development, understanding, promotion and management of diversity as an essential part of business success. Its primary focus is to create a learning community within the business world to address diversity and its benefits. The GRDC’s Diversity 2002 Conference was one of the largest of its kind with over 700 in attendance and more than 120 companies and organizations represented. GRDC members include the area’s largest employers and leading educational and not-for-profit organizations. In the past two years, membership in the not-for-profit organization has grown more than 60%.

GRDC Members

Action for a Better Community, Aetna, Inc., American Red Cross, American Red Cross Blood Services, Bausch & Lomb, Career Development Services, Catholic Family Center, Eastman Kodak Company, Eric Mower and Associates, Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield, ExxonMobil, Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Global Crossing, Harris Interactive, Harter, Secrest, & Emery, LLP, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, ICS Telecom, Inc., Idea Connections, INROADS/Upstate NY, Inc., Microwave Data Systems, Mike Streeter & Associates, Monroe Community College, Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Nazareth College, Nixon Peabody LLP, Preferred Care, Rochester Business Alliance, Rochester Institute of Technology, Simmons Associates, Inc., St. John Fisher College, SUNY Brockport, The Health Association, Time Warner Communication, Unisys Corporation, University of Rochester, Wegmans, West Group, WOKR-TV 13, YMCA of Greater Rochester, and Thomas Lewis.

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