Diversity Leaders; New Educational Event to Showcase Importance of Diversity in the Workplace

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With the shifting demographics of our future workforce, businesses and institutions around Connecticut strive to attract and retain their most important investment; their people. To recognize the importance of diversity in the workplace, the Hartford Business Journal will host the first Diversity Leaders Friday, February 27, 2009, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Hartford.

With the shifting demographics of our future workforce, businesses and institutions around Connecticut strive to attract and retain their most important investment; their people. To recognize the importance of diversity in the workplace, the Hartford Business Journal will host the first Diversity Leaders Friday, February 27, 2009, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Hartford.

The educational event, presented by Connect-Ability, a program that identifies and removes barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities, will feature keynote addresses, activities and panel discussions with topics including: diversity and its importance; best practices and implementation strategies; and the future of diversity. Diversity resource tables will also be arranged throughout the event for participant interaction.

"This event is an incredible opportunity to recognize the importance of diversity in our community's workforce," said Gail Lebert, publisher of Hartford Business Journal, whose company is producing Diversity Leaders. "Corporate diversity can lend itself to an empowered workforce where the unique skills and talents of all employees are appreciated and contribute to a company's success."

Statistical evidence of the growing diversity in today's workplace inspired Diversity Leaders, Lebert said. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of workers entering the workforce this decade will be women, minorities and foreign nationals. And of the approximately 33 million disabled people between the ages of 16-64 in the U.S., 55.8% are employed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Admission to Diversity Leaders is $55 per person or $500 for groups of ten. Breakfast will be served at the start of the event. To register online go to http://www.hartfordbusiness.com or for more information, visit http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/tcontent/?Diversity/index.html
or contact Amy Orsini at 860.236.9998 ext. 34.

Diversity Leaders is sponsored by: Connect-Ability (presenting sponsor); Boehringer Ingelheim; and Eastern Connecticut Health Network. Event partners include: Crowne Plaza Hartford; Via Panera Catering; Rider Productions; Affordable Signs & Designs; J. Fiereck Photography; and Co-Communications, Marketing & Public Relations.

About Hartford Business Journal
Hartford Business Journal is the only audited weekly, subscription-based business publication in Connecticut. Whether it's market trends, the latest merger news or an update on state government, this award-winning weekly is the "must read" for area business leaders. Hartford Business Journal has a total readership of 25,000 affluent and educated business decision makers in the 61 towns that make up Metro Hartford. For more information, please visit http://www.hartfordbusiness.com or call 860.236.9998.

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