The Conference Board's Annual Diversity Conferences Set for New York and San Diego

April 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

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Diversity experts and HR executives from organizations ranging from IBM, Manpower, ADP, Oracle, Microsoft, Pepsico and Motorola, to the Anti-Defamation League and higher education, will examine critical workplace issues and challenges such as faith, disabilities, generational differences, globalization and the mature workforce, among other issues, at The Conference Board's annual diversity conference.

This year, the conference will be held May 6-7 at the Hilton in New York, and June 26-27 at the Coronado Marriott Resort in San Diego.

One of the largest diverse communities in the U.S. with a spending power of over 220 billion dollars is the disabilities sector, yet an unemployment rate of 60 percent is prevalent. Jeff Klare, Chief Executive Officer of Hire Disabilities Solutions, will examine the marketability of this community and the reasons for this disparity.

Faith with its values of honesty, fairness, justice and equity can be a commendable attribute in the workplace. Beyond the mandate of religious accommodation, business leaders are meeting the faith needs of employees through such programs as corporate chaplains and faith-based meetings in order to foster inclusion of religious diversity. However, the promotion of faith in the workplace also has the potential to foster controversy and misunderstanding. In a special session on faith at work, The Reverend Pamela Moore, Episcopal Deacon, Diocese of Northern California, and Associate Director, Law Enforcement Resources, Anti-Defamation League, will identify challenges and opportunities for promoting inclusive, faith-based workplace programs. She will also discuss recommendations for best practices.