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‘Expect to Win’ theme of special Elevations, Inclusion event on May 29

morganstanley_620x350Expect to Win: 
A Conversation with Carla Harris
Wednesday, May 29
11:30 a.m.- 1:15 p.m.
Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences

Carla Harris, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, and author of “Expect to Win,” will be the featured speaker of a special luncheon sponsored by Morgan Stanley and presented in partnership with the Charleston Area Alliance Elevations Professional Women’s Network and the Alliance’s “inclusion=innovation” program.

“Expect to Win:  A Conversation with Carla Harris,” will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 11:30 a.m-1: 15 p.m., at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences West Virginia.

Harris, one of the most powerful and respected women in business, will share advice, tips and strategies for surviving and thriving in any workplace environment.

Harris has been named to the “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” by U.S. Banker; “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” by Fortune Magazine; “15 Corporate Women at the Top,” by Ebony; and “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World,” by Essence magazine.

She received the Women of Power Award from the National Urban League and the Bill and Camille Cosby Award from the Associated Black Charities. Harris earned both her A.B. in economics (magna cum laude) and MBA from Harvard University. She holds numerous honorary degrees and serves on multiple nonprofit and foundation boards.

In her other life, Harris is a singer and has released her third gospel CD, “Unceasing Praise.”  Her second CD, “Joy is Waiting,” was featured on “BET Nightly News,” while her first CD was a bestseller on Amazon.com and was highlighted on the “CBS Evening News” with Dan Rather.

Registration for this special event is free for Alliance members courtesy of Morgan Stanley.  Reservations are very limited and must be made by May 22. There is a maximum of four registrations per company.

Click HERE to register.

The mission of  the 1800-member Elevations Professional Women’s Network, presented by the Alliance and title sponsor DOW, is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success for themselves, their businesses and their community.”

The “inclusion=innovation” initiative was created by the Alliance and title sponsor Ernst & Young to help businesses benefit from the contributions of all segments of our community and build a world-class diverse professional workforce in the Kanawha Valley.

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Next inclusion luncheon to address WV image, impact on workforce development

“inclusion=innovation”:
MAGNET Project
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Noon-1:15 p.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith Street

Image and inertia are creating barriers to building a world-class, diverse professional workforce in the Kanawha Valley.

That’s among the key findings of a first-of-its-kind research project released by the Charleston Area Alliance.

The study, called MAGNET:  Managing, Attracting and Growing New and Existing Talent, was undertaken to identify issues that impact recruitment and retentions of minority professionals in our region.

Research findings and recommendations for the future will be the focus of the Alliance’s next “inclusion=innovation” luncheon program on Dec. 19.

Speakers will include:

  • Jeff James, Mythology Marketing CEO and lead researcher on the project
  • Crystal Good, director of brand experience at  Mythology
  • John Gianola, Ernst & Young
  • Ned Rugeley, Spilman, Thomas & Battle, a lead partner on the research initiative

Register to attend the event HERE.

Registration is $15 per person.

“Business today is driven by innovation, which depends on attracting and retaining top talent,” said Alliance Senior Vice President JoEllen Zacks.

“Companies and our communities lose out if real or perceived barriers prevent them from recruiting the best and the brightest to the Kanawha Valley. Our region competes globally for jobs, capital and people, and the welcome mat must be out to all if we are to be successful.”

The MAGNET study also found that:

  • The image of the Kanawha Valley presents challenges in recruiting. Perceptions of West Virginia among those outside the state are negative or neutral. “We heard directly from      corporate recruiters that it is more difficult to ‘sell’ the Valley within the context of West Virginia’s image,” said Zacks.
  • A significant lack of minority professional and business “infrastructure” (social activities, personal care items and services, etc.) creates a chicken-and-egg problem.
  • The same issues that negatively impact retention of young professionals, such as a lack of quality housing and limited cultural, social and entertainment amenities, impact minority talent.
  • The Kanawha Valley has solid historical and current assets to build upon that could attract minority professionals (including the legacy of Leon Sullivan, West Virginia State University and      a strong network of diverse houses of worship).

The MAGNET project is part of the Alliance’s ‘inclusion=innovation’ initiative sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services that is dedicated to leveraging diverse and inclusive ways of thinking to continue delivering high quality work for clients around the world.

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Today’s ‘inclusion=innovation’ event has been rescheduled for Dec. 19

“inclusion=innovation”:
MAGNET Project
Wednesday, Dec. 19
(New Date)
Noon-1:15 p.m.
Location TBD

Tomorrow’s “inclusion=innovation” event has been rescheduled.

The luncheon program will now take place Wednesday, Dec. 19 from noon-1:15 p.m. The location is not yet determined.

Image and inertia are creating barriers to building a world-class, diverse professional workforce in the Kanawha Valley.

That’s among the key findings of a first-of-its-kind research project released the Charleston Area Alliance.

The study, called MAGNET:  Managing, Attracting and Growing New and Existing Talent, was undertaken to identify issues that impact recruitment and retentions of minority professionals in our region.

Research findings and recommendations for the future will be the focus of the Alliance’s next “inclusion=innovation” luncheon program on Dec. 19.

Speakers will include:

  • Jeff James, Mythology Marketing CEO and lead researcher on the project
  • Crystal Good, director of brand experience at Mythology
  • John Gianola, Ernst & Young
  • Representatives from Spilman, Thomas & Battle, a lead partner on the research initiative
  • Rabbi Victor Urecki

Register to attend the event HERE.

Registration is $15 per person through this Friday, Dec. 14. Prices increase to $25 per person after that date.

“Business today is driven by innovation, which depends on attracting and retaining top talent,” said Alliance Senior Vice President JoEllen Zacks.

“Companies and our communities lose out if real or perceived barriers prevent them from recruiting the best and the brightest to the Kanawha Valley. Our region competes globally for jobs, capital and people, and the welcome mat must be out to all if we are to be successful.”

The MAGNET study also found that:

  • The image of the Kanawha Valley presents challenges in recruiting. Perceptions of West Virginia among those outside the state are negative or neutral. “We heard directly from      corporate recruiters that it is more difficult to ‘sell’ the Valley within the context of West Virginia’s image,” said Zacks.
  • A significant lack of minority professional and business “infrastructure” (social activities, personal care items and services, etc.) creates a chicken-and-egg problem.
  • The same issues that negatively impact retention of young professionals, such as a lack of quality housing and limited cultural, social and entertainment amenities, impact minority talent.
  • The Kanawha Valley has solid historical and current assets to build upon that could attract minority professionals (including the legacy of Leon Sullivan, West Virginia State University and a strong      network of diverse houses of worship).

The MAGNET project is part of the Alliance’s ‘inclusion=innovation’ initiative sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services that is dedicated to leveraging diverse and inclusive ways of thinking to continue delivering high quality work for clients around the world.

“Top talent comes in different packages,” said John Gianola, the managing partner of Ernst & Young LLP’s Charleston office.

“Diverse teams help create the best ideas and solutions — but only if we’ve established an inclusive culture that supports each person in contributing fully to our success. This means valuing the differences and contributions of people from all backgrounds and perspectives. By collaborating with other organizations, we seek to be at the forefront in reflecting and advancing the diversity and inclusiveness of the communities where we operate. That is why we are excited to be a part of this initiative.”

Spilman, Thomas & Battle, long committed to diversity, provided lead sponsorship support for the MAGNET project.

“We compete in an ever-expanding marketplace for talent. No enterprise or law firm, Spilman or other, exists in a vacuum. If we are to continue to thrive, it is imperative that we are able to recruit the best and brightest of every race, age, gender, faith and lifestyle to a community that is diverse, vibrant and open. That’s what today’s young professionals expect and demand. Those are the stakes,” explained Spilman Member Ned Rugeley, Chair of Recruiting.

“We will immediately begin to look at ways to incorporate the key insights from this research into our recruiting and overall management at Spilman. We are pleased to be involved in this important research, and I’m excited about what it will mean to the future of our region.”

“The MAGNET project will take the Alliance’s ‘inclusion=innovation’ initiative to the next level by providing solid data upon which we can direct future efforts to attract and retain diverse young professionals and ensure our businesses and our region stay competitive in a global marketplace,” said Zacks.

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Building world-class diverse professional workforce focus of next inclusion event

“inclusion=innovation”:
MAGNET Project
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Noon-1:15 p.m.
B’nai Jacob Synagogue
1599 Virginia Street East

Image and inertia are creating barriers to building a world-class, diverse professional workforce in the Kanawha Valley.

That’s among the key findings of a first-of-its-kind research project released the Charleston Area Alliance.

The study, called MAGNET:  Managing, Attracting and Growing New and Existing Talent, was undertaken to identify issues that impact recruitment and retentions of minority professionals in our region.

Research findings and recommendations for the future will be the focus of the Alliance’s next “inclusion=innovation” luncheon program, to be held at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at B’nai Jacob Synagogue, 1599 Virginia Street East.

Speakers will include:

  • Jeff James, Mythology Marketing CEO and lead researcher on the project
  • Crystal Good, director of brand experience at Mythology
  • John Gianola, Ernst & Young
  • Representatives from Spilman, Thomas & Battle, a lead partner on the research initiative
  • Rabbi Victor Urecki

Register to attend the event HERE.

Registration is $15 per person through Friday, Nov. 23. Prices increase to $25 per person after that date.

“Business today is driven by innovation, which depends on attracting and retaining top talent,” said Alliance Senior Vice President JoEllen Zacks.

“Companies and our communities lose out if real or perceived barriers prevent them from recruiting the best and the brightest to the Kanawha Valley. Our region competes globally for jobs, capital and people, and the welcome mat must be out to all if we are to be successful.”

The MAGNET study also found that:

  • The image of the Kanawha Valley presents  challenges in recruiting. Perceptions of West Virginia among those  outside the state are negative or neutral. “We heard directly from      corporate recruiters that it is more difficult to ‘sell’ the Valley within the context of West Virginia’s image,” said Zacks.
  • A significant lack of minority professional and business “infrastructure” (social activities, personal care items and services, etc.) creates a chicken-and-egg problem.
  • The same issues that negatively impact retention of young professionals, such as a lack of quality housing and limited cultural, social and entertainment amenities, impact minority talent.
  • The Kanawha Valley has solid historical and  current assets to build upon that could attract minority professionals  (including the legacy of Leon Sullivan, West Virginia State University and  a strong network of diverse houses of worship).

The MAGNET project is part of the Alliance’s ‘inclusion=innovation’ initiative sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services that is dedicated to leveraging diverse and inclusive ways of thinking to continue delivering high quality work for clients around the world.

“Top talent comes in different packages,” said John Gianola, the managing partner of Ernst & Young LLP’s Charleston office.

“Diverse teams help create the best ideas and solutions — but only if we’ve established an inclusive culture that supports each person in contributing fully to our success. This means valuing the differences and contributions of people from all backgrounds and perspectives. By collaborating with other organizations, we seek to be at the forefront in reflecting and advancing the diversity and inclusiveness of the communities where we operate. That is why we are excited to be a part of this initiative.”

Spilman, Thomas & Battle, long committed to diversity, provided lead sponsorship support for the MAGNET project.

“We compete in an ever-expanding marketplace for talent. No enterprise or law firm, Spilman or other, exists in a vacuum. If we are to continue to thrive, it is imperative that we are able to recruit the best and brightest of every race, age, gender, faith and lifestyle to a community that is diverse, vibrant and open. That’s what today’s young professionals expect and demand. Those are the stakes,” explained Spilman Member Ned Rugeley, Chair of Recruiting.

“We will immediately begin to look at ways to incorporate the key insights from this research into our recruiting and overall management at Spilman. We are pleased to be involved in this important research, and I’m excited about what it will mean to the future of our region.”

“The MAGNET project will take the Alliance’s ‘inclusion=innovation’ initiative to the next level by providing solid data upon which we can direct future efforts to attract and retain diverse young professionals and ensure our businesses and our region stay competitive in a global marketplace,” said Zacks.

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MAGNET research to be released tomorrow

MAGNET
Friday, Oct. 26
1:30 p.m.
Ramada Charleston Downtown
Cobb Room
600 Kanawha Boulevard East

Preliminary results from a first-of-its-kind research project to identify opportunities  and obstacles to building a world-class, diverse professional workforce in the Kanawha Valley will be released by the Charleston Area Alliance at 1:30 p.m. on Friday during the state-wide Create West Virginia conference at the Ramada Charleston Downtown on 600 Kanawha Boulevard East.

The project, called MAGNET:  Managing, Attracting and Growing New and Existing Talent, is part of the Alliance’s “inclusion=innovation” initiative, which helps area businesses and our region benefit from and maximize the diverse professional talents of all segments of our community.

The inclusion initiative is presented by title sponsor Ernst & Young, a global leader in leveraging diversity and inclusive ways of thinking to deliver bottom line benefits for clients around the world.  Spilman, Thomas & Battle, long committed to diversity, provided lead sponsorship support for the MAGNET project.

The press briefing is open to Alliance members. There is no fee to attend, but a RSVP is required.

To make a reservation, please click HERE.

Separate registration is required to attend other Create WV sessions.

For more information on the Create WV conference, click HERE.

The project, which included qualitative and quantitative research, was conducted earlier this month by Mythology Marketing. It measured perceptions of business leaders and young professionals in the Kanawha Valley on issues relating to diversity and how those relate to attracting and retaining top talent.

Professionals in cities in surrounding states that “compete” with West Virginia for young professional talent were also surveyed to assess their perceptions of the Mountain State. Minority professionals who have left the region were also interviewed.

“The MAGNET project will take theAlliance’s ‘inclusion=innovation’ initiative to the next level by providing solid data upon which we can direct future efforts to attract and retain  young professionals, particularly those from minority backgrounds, in the Kanawha Valley,” said Alliance Senior Vice President JoEllen Zacks.

For more information, contact: jzacks@charlestonarealliance.org

Incubator Tour

This Friday, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Charleston Area Alliance in honor of renovations to the Alliance’s business incubator at 1116 Smith Street.

The event will be the official unveiling of this exciting new resource, which was made possible through the generous support of Alliance members. Alliance staff will be on hand to lead tours of the new space and answer questions regarding entrepreneur support programs.

This event is being held in conjunction with the 2012 Create WV Conference and is the first stop on the Create WV Kanawha Valley Incubator Tour.

Following the ribbon cutting event, participants will have the option of traveling by trolley to tour the Chemical Alliance Zone Incubator at the Tech Park, and then to the DigiSo incubator on the West Side.

The event will be held this Friday at 5 p.m. Light snacks and drinks will be served. This event is free, but please RSVP by e-mailing Andrew Dunlap atADunlap@charlestonareaalliance.org if you plan to attend.

 

 

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What you do says who you are. Learn more this Wednesday.

Brand Conversations:
An inclusion=innovation event
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Sugar Maple Cafe inside Cabela’s
200 Cross Terrace Blvd

Social media and changing demographics have upended traditional one-way communication for business. Engaging with today’s customers and employees today demands authenticity  and transparency. And nowhere are the stakes higher than in relationships with young professionals and those from diverse backgrounds.

“We are not seats or eyeballs or end users or customers.  We are human beings – and our reach exceeds your grasp.  Deal with it,” says “The Cluetrain Manifesto:  The End of Business as Usual.”

“Brand Conversations,” to be presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Ernst & Young, will showcase ways local businesses are communicating their core values and ensuring that they not only talk the talk, but walk the walk with clients and employees.

The program, part of the Alliance’s “inclusion=innovation” series, will be held at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Sugar Maple Café located at Cabela’s.

Speakers include:

  • Crystal Good, Director of  Brand Experience, Mythology Marketing
  • Skip Lineberg, Chief Innovation Officer, Spilman, Thomas & Battle
  • Dr. Donna Panucci, Panucci & Jackfert DDS
  • Randy Stout, Ernst & Young

The goal mission of the Alliance “inclusion=innovation” initiative, presented by title sponsor Ernst & Young,  is to promote innovation and collaboration by helping businesses and our region benefit from the diverse contributions of all segments of our community.

Registration, which includes lunch, is $15 for Alliance members, $25 for future members through Sept. 28. Prices go up $10 after that.

Click here to register.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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inclusion=innovation to focus on WV’s aging and shrinking population on Dec. 20

inclusion=innovation: WV’s aging population and what it means for your business

Tuesday, Dec. 20
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith St.

Advance registration ends Friday for the next inclusion=innovation session.

West Virginia’s shrinking and aging population present some of the biggest impediments to its long-term economic growth.

The state already has one of the oldest populations and lowest workforce participation rates in the country, problems which will soon grow more acute as Baby Boomers enter retirement age. This translates to fewer employees, consumers and taxpayers in West Virginia.

Demographic and industry experts will address these issues and what they mean to the state’s businesses at an “inclusion=innovation” program to be held at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 20 at the Charleston Area Alliance offices.

They’ll discuss what steps businesses can take today to benefit from older employees while attracting and retaining the next generation workers, managers and leaders.

Speakers include:

• Dr. Christiadi, WVU College of Business and Economics’ Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER),  the state’s leading demographer

• Helen Matheny, Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute

• Gaylene Miller, State Director, AARP of West Virginia

• Karen Price, West Virginia Manufacturers Association

“inclusion=innovation,” presented by Title Sponsor Ernst & Young is an initiative to help businesses and our region benefit from the contributions of all segments of the community.

This session is co-sponsored by the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute.

Registration, which includes lunch, is $15 for Alliance members, $25 for future members through this Friday, Dec. 16. Prices increase to $25 Alliance members, $35 future members after that date.

Click here to register   

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.    

 

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Social Media: Friend or Foe? Join the discussion tomorrow at the Charleston Area Alliance.

inclusion=innovation
Mentor, Boss or Babysitter:
Managing Generational Diversity
Oct, 20, Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith St.

There’s still time to sign up for tomorrow’s exciting inclusion=innovation event.

Managing generational diversity to maximize organizational and individual success is the focus of this next program, to be held tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 20, noon-1:15 p.m. at the Charleston Area Alliance offices.

Yesterday’s trophy kids are today’s employees. So it can come as a culture shock all around when millennials, who were raised in an era of helicopter parents and a trophy for every kid on the team, get their first real job and meet the Gen X’ers and baby boomers who are their co-workers and bosses.

This program will highlight successful strategies for both young professionals and managers to work across generational boundaries and harness the potential and creativity of workers of all ages.

The agenda will include discussions on:

• Why should I change for them?
• Is loyalty dead?
• Mentor, boss or babysitter?
• Are you ever “off the clock”?
• Social media: friend or foe?

Speakers include: Emily Bennington, a college-to-career expert and founder of Studio 365; Skip Lineberg, chief innovation officer, Spilman, Thomas & Battle; and Pat Kelly, executive director, West Virginia Health Care Association.

Bennington and Lineberg are the co-authors of “Effective Immediately:  How to Fit In, Stand Out and Move Up at Your First Real Job.”  Kelly is the author of “Rainmaking 101:  How to Grow Your Client Base and Maximize Your Income.”

Before the event, please share your views on today’s workplace via a short survey (See link below).

Click here for the survey.

“Managing Today’s Workforce” is presented as part of inclusion=innovation, an initiative of Alliance and Title Sponsor Ernst & Young. Studies show that diverse teams boost an organization’s innovation and earnings potential.

“Inclusion=innovation” aims to help businesses and our region benefit from the contributions of all segments of our community.

Registration, which includes lunch, is $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

Sign up today!

Register Here

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Why is my boss nuts and why should I change for him?

inclusion=innovation
Mentor, Boss or Babysitter:
Managing Generational Diversity
Oct, 20, Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith St.

Members of Generation Charleston are encouraged to share their views on today’s workplace via a short survey (See link below).

Click here for the survey.

Your feedback will provide the foundation of a special “inclusion=innovation” program on generational diversity, to be presented noon-1:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Charleston Area Alliance offices.

A small number of complimentary tickets are available to members of Generation Charleston under the age of 35.

To reserve a free ticket, contact jzacks@charlestonareaalliance.org by Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The program will highlight successful strategies for both young professionals and managers to work across generational boundaries and harness the potential and creativity of workers of all ages.

The agenda will include discussions on:

• Why should I change for them?
• Is loyalty dead?
• Mentor, boss or babysitter?
• Are you ever “off the clock”?
• Social media:  friend or foe?

Speakers include: Emily Bennington, a college-to-career expert and founder of Studio 365; Skip Lineberg, chief innovation officer, Spilman, Thomas & Battle; and Pat Kelly,CEO, West Virginia Health Care Association.

Bennington and Lineberg are the co-authors of “Effective Immediately:  How to Fit In, Stand Out and Move Up at Your First Real Job.”  Kelly is the author of “Rainmaking 101:  How to Grow Your Client Base and Maximize Your Income.”

“Managing Today’s Workforce” is presented as part of inclusion=innovation, an initiative of Alliance and Title Sponsor Ernst & Young. Studies show that diverse teams boost an organization’s innovation and earnings potential.

“Inclusion=innovation” aims to help businesses and our region benefit from the contributions of all segments of our community.

Registration, which includes lunch, is $15 for Alliance members/$25 for future members through Oct. 18. Prices increase to $25 for Alliance members/$35 for future members after that date.

Click here to register

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Register Now for Wednesday’s Inclusion=Innovation Luncheon

With summer around the corner, businesses throughout the region will soon be bringing on interns and new hires. How to successfully integrate new and potential employees into an organization and maximize investment in their training and development is the focus of the next “inclusion=innovation” educational  program.

“Right From the Start:  Effective Mentoring, Intern and Onboarding Programs,” will be presented noon-1:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, at the Charleston Area Alliance, 1116 Smith Street.

“Recruiting and developing new and potential team members is essential to increasing your company’s capacity for innovation and growth and diversifying its intellectual capital,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard.  “But it doesn’t just happen.  This program will showcase effective local programs that are helping businesses identify and train the next generation of leaders and managers.”

Speakers include:

  •  John Gianola, Ernst & Young
  • Jessica Wintz, Education Alliance
  • Charles Woody, Spilman, Thomas & Battle
  • University of Charleston School of Business representative TBA

“Right from the Start: Effective Mentoring, Intern and Onboarding Programs” is a program of “inclusion=innovation,” an initiative of Alliance and Title Sponsor Ernst & Young.  Studies show that diverse teams boost an organization’s innovation and earnings potential. 

“Inclusion=innovation” aims to help businesses and our region benefit from the contributions of all segments of the community.

Registration, which includes lunch, is $15 Alliance members/$25 future members. Register here.

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