CPGjobs and Diversity Search, Inc. Will Sponsor the University of Phoenix and California Diversity Council 2nd Annual Diversity & Leadership Conference

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Spring conference will bring together corporate, human resources and diversity professionals for 3 days devoted to the issues of diversity and inclusion in California.

DiversityFirst: Creating New Opportunities for California.

CPGjobs and Diversity Search, Inc. will jointly sponsor the University of Phoenix (UOPX) and California Diversity Council (CADC) 2nd Annual Leadership Conference May 13-15, 2009 at The Hilton Costa Mesa and UOPX's Orange County campus.

Organizational practices and tools are promised once again for this year's conference, themed "DiversityFirst: Creating New Opportunities for California." Pre-conference summits, keynote addresses and more than 40 concurrent panel discussions and mini-workshops will cover topics that include women in leadership, generational diversity, Anglo males as diversity champions, corporate social responsibility, diversity in entertainment, and organizational development.

Featured speakers will be announced by the CADC within the next several days. Actress and advocate Gina Davis and Honorary CADC Chair Robert Birgeneau (Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley) addressed the 2007 conference.

The California Diversity Council is one of three state council member organizations that comprise the National Diversity Council, supported by such corporate partners as CPGjobs, AT&T, Wal*Mart, KPMG, Cushman & Wakefield, Mercedes-Benz Financial, and more. State councils are located in Texas, California and Florida.

Penelope Sallberg-Carrillo, EVP and Co-Founder of CPGjobs is the current CADC California Chapter President. "The issue of diversity in the workplace and within our communities have always been a key part of our corporate mission," says Sallberg-Carrillo. "Our recently announced partnership with diversity recruitment industry leader Diversity Search, Inc. makes this the perfect time for us to step up our involvement with the annual conference and recommit ourselves to these critical issues."

Lee McDuffey, CEO and Founder of Diversity Search, Inc. will be a featured speaker at this year's conference. According to McDuffey, Workforce diversity is no longer a "nice to have" - it's a necessity. "Diversity equals better market penetration, better retention, better public relations, more creative ideas, and better sales and profits," he said. "I urge all businesses and communities to come together to increase the much needed awareness of diversity issues, especially in these challenging economic times."

About CPGjobs:
Founded in 1999, Pasadena, California-based CPGjobs is the Consumer Packaged Goods industry's leading talent acquisition resource, combining Internet technology with personal networking and support. The company is a founding member of the California Diversity Council, a silver sponsor of the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and a member of the National Black MBA Association and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. More than one hundred top corporations have used CPGjobs and its CPGjoblist websites to recruit qualified candidates including ACNielsen, Coca-Cola USA, Con-Agra, Hershey Foods, IRI, Kellogg's, Miller/Coors, Nestlé USA, Ocean Spray, Sara Lee, Unilever, and the Walt Disney Company. In February 2009, CPGjobs announced its strategic partnership with Diversity Search, Inc. the industry leader in diversity recruitment and consulting. Please visit CPGjobs.

About Diversity Search, Inc.:
Founded in 1990, Diversity Search, Inc. is the #1 minority owned executive search firm in the United States. The company is headquartered in Indianapolis and operates satellite offices in four other U.S. locations including Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. Specializing in diversity recruiting, workforce balancing, consulting and retention, Diversity Search has successfully completed thousands of client searches for positions ranging from manufacturing and engineering to sales, marketing and finance. The company's clients include Alberto Culver, Con Agra, Frito Lay, L'Oreal USA, Maybelline and Medtronic to name a few.

About University of Phoenix:
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of February 28, 2009, 397,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. In 2008, Diverse Issues in Higher Education recognized University of Phoenix as the leading university in graduating more minority students than from any single university in the country.

About The California Diversity Council:
The California Diversity Council (CADC) is a non-profit organization committed to leadership in the advancement of diversity and inclusion to build strong communities for all Californians. The CADC is currently expanding its local Diversity Council Chapters to cover San Diego, Orange County, and Sacramento. Organizations and corporations interested in getting involved in local chapter formation or sponsoring this year's California Diversity Council conference should visit the CADC website for more information or contact James E. Wright, PHR, Executive Director of the California Diversity Council.

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