Vaclav Havel To Be Honored with The 2006 World Diversity Leadership Summit “Freedom and Justice” Award

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Havel is among six awardees at the summit, which will run from March 15-17 in Prauge. Attendees will focus on ways social responsibility can be accommodated within a corporate framework.

His unyielding commitment to the ideals of freedom and justice, along with his leadership of the Czech Nation, position him as one of the world’s great living historical figures.

Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic and leader of the Czech Velvet Revolution against Communist Rule will be honored at the 2006 World Diversity Leadership Summit: March 15-17, 2006 in Prague Czech Republic. The first democratically elected President of the Czech Republic, Mr. Havel is a noted poet, activist and internationally renowned humanitarian.

The World Diversity Leadership Summit Awards luncheon is an appropriate setting for Mr. Havel’s accomplishments. Launched in 2004, the conference is the world’s leading gathering of senior corporate executives, leading experts and policymakers focused on global and local diversity best practices. Conference partners include the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Cornell University (ILR CDO Roundtable), Diversity Works for London and a blue chip roster of corporations, ranging from Procter and Gamble to IBM.

In addition to Mr. Havel, other 2006 World Diversity Leadership Awardees include, some of the world’s most innovative diversity organizations: MTV Networks, Adecco, L’Oreal and Johnson Controls.

This year’s conference theme, "Leveraging Local Diversity for Global Success: US and EU Best Practices" will include a balance of European Union and US keynote speakers, panels, and workshops. Each activity will examine global diversity efforts which balance socially responsibility with core corporate objectives such as cost savings, productivity gains and new revenue opportunities.

“ Mr. Havel is one of the world’s most cherished and respected global leaders” notes World Diversity Leadership Summit founder Douglas Freeman. “His unyielding commitment to the ideals of freedom and justice, along with his leadership of the Czech Nation, position him as one of the world’s great living historical figures.” Jakub Hladik of the Havel foundation explained “this is a great honor for Mr. Havel. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Czech people participate in a world of democracy and freedom. This award further supports his great legacy, and is evidence that President Havel’s words about globalization and global players are recognized and well-received.”

For further information about the World Diversity Leadership Summit 2006, please contact 212-239-5487 or go to http://www.virtcomenterprises.com.

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