Diversity and Inclusion Conference; Educational Event to Continue the Discussion on Workplace Diversity

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World-class organizations large and small strive to attract and retain a diverse workforce. With the shifting demographics of our future workforce, smart companies are searching for solutions to hire and retain the most important investment any company makes - its people. To recognize the importance of diversity in the workplace, the Hartford Business Journal will host the second Diversity and Inclusion Conference Friday, October 30, 2009, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hartford Hotel, 315 Trumbull Street.

World-class organizations large and small strive to attract and retain a diverse workforce. With the shifting demographics of our future workforce, smart companies are searching for solutions to hire and retain the most important investment any company makes - its people. To recognize the importance of diversity in the workplace, the Hartford Business Journal will host the second Diversity and Inclusion Conference Friday, October 30, 2009, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hartford Hotel, 315 Trumbull Street.

The educational event will recognize the individuals and organizations embracing culture and diversity in Connecticut. Other features of the event will include keynote addresses, activities and panel discussions. Topics will include: generational differences in the workforce and the new economy; implications of the new ADA legislation; strengthening the diversity and inclusion initiative; and more.

Diversity Awards will be given at the event in three categories; Leadership, Innovation and Policy/Advocacy.

"Our first diversity leadership event this year was informative and successful in spreading the message of how important diversity in the workplace is," said Gail Lebert, publisher of Hartford Business Journal, whose company is producing the Diversity and Inclusion Conference. "When businesses, organizations and corporations learn more about what a diverse workforce can lend to their success, we can all benefit from their employees' skills, ideas and strengths across a variety of industries."

Admission to the Diversity and Inclusion Conference is $55 per person or $500 for groups of ten before October 23 ($65/$600 after). 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 aorsini (at) HartfordBusiness (dot) com or 860.236.9998 ext. 34.

The Diversity and Inclusion Conference is presented by: Hartford Business Journal in association with SMA, Southern New England and Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut. Presenting sponsor: CTBLN. Event Sponsors: Eastern Connecticut Health Network; Boehringer Ingelheim. Event Partners: Hilton Hartford; Affordable Signs & Designs; J. Fiereck Photography; Rider Productions; Via Panera Catering; 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.

CONTACT:
Kate Ottavio
Co-Communications
860.658.5700
Kate (at) cocommunications (dot) com

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