Free Diversity Webinar Series Begins October 22nd, 2009 with Industry Expert Patricia Pope

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"Assessing your Diversity and Inclusion Initiative" is the title of this free Webinar in a series hosted by Patricia Pope, CEO of Pope & Associates. This Free Webinar on October 22, 2009, takes a closer look at what causes organizations to begin or re-energize their diversity and inclusion initiative. As a diversity-training expert who is frequently quoted in articles, Patricia Pope is sharing her diversity knowledge with the business community in a new forum.

If someone is unsure of how to get to a specific destination and calls to ask for directions, the first question asked is "Where are you now?" It is virtually impossible for anyone to give the directions needed if they don't know where the starting location is found. This is equally true for assessing your Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

Diversity University, co-founded by industry expert Patricia Pope, CEO of Pope and Associates, is proud to announce a Free Diversity Webinar Series that begins with "Assessing Your Diversity and Inclusion Initiative" on Thursday, October 22, 2009.

Organizations use assessment regarding diversity and inclusion to get a baseline snapshot of what works, what requires change, and where to do better with encouraging and maximizing the benefits of a diverse workforce. The power of diversity managed well is experienced in terms of high employee engagement and measurable bottom-line results.

Even though an organization may need more representation in certain areas, it is likely that it is already diverse. In a tough economy, as budget cutbacks affect the people in an organization, the loss of employees also reduces the diverse group of people that form the company's culture of opinions, ideas, and belief systems.

During the webinar session, attendees will answer where they would currently locate their organization's commitment on a "Readiness for Change" continuum, and learn the five critical elements that must be addressed in order to create meaningful culture change.

Meaningful results require "intentional change" - the absence of which typically produces a lot of "activity" that, at best, creates some short-lived positive "buzz." Worst-case scenario is that an organization continues to commit human and financial resources to these efforts - while employees become increasingly skeptical that anything will ever really "change."

Diversity University offers award-winning diversity training e-learning programs including topics such as understanding diversity in the workforce, creating high-performing teams, harassment in the workplace, and dealing with drug and alcohol abuse.

Patti Massey, president of Myca Multimedia & Training Solutions and co-founder of, said, "We get rave reviews from folks who have participated in our webinar series in the past. It's a great way to learn directly from industry experts and best of all - they're free."
Created as a partnership between Pope and Associates and Myca Multimedia and Training Solutions, Diversity University has over 30 years of proven intellectual content and has been used by major corporations around the world to educate their staff and management. By integrating feedback and measurement tools within the courses, organizations are provided with actionable data that can affect their bottom line growth.

The Diversity Webinar Series includes a selection of targeted areas in diversity training, including management and workforce development, as well as "Fireside Chats" with trend-setting corporations and organizations discussing current and important diversity-related issues. Upcoming webinar topics include: Cultural Audits, Diversity and Inclusion Training, and Recruiting and Retention.

To sign up for the Free Diversity Webinar, log on to

For more information about Diversity University and the upcoming Free Diversity Webinar, contact:
Patricia Massey
Diversity University


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