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ND Diversity Conference to examine capitalizing on differences

March 8, 2012

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 “Diversity in the workplace” encompasses a variety of issues, from dealing with organizational change to how a company can take advantage of differences among its employees.

The Fifth Annual Notre Dame MBA Diversity Conference will explore some of these issues during its two-day event on March 23-24, held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Sponsored by the Notre Dame MBA Association, “Capitalizing on Differences: What do You Bring to the Table?” is open to students, alumni and the local community.

The event is free to registered participants, and includes an opening night reception and dinner on Friday, a continental breakfast and buffet lunch on Saturday, as well as admission to the speaker events. For a complete agenda, including location information, visit the conference website (http://business.nd.edu/diversityconference/). Registration deadline is March 18.

Marvin Russell, a middle linebacker with the University’s 1973 National Championship Team, will deliver the keynote talk on the 24th at 12:30 p.m. Russell, managing partner of consultancy firm Marv Russell & Partners, has led a successful global human resource career and is the author of "Linebacker in the Boardroom: Lessons in Life and Leadership.”

Russell also will be holding a book signing at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on March 24.
The conference includes executives from GE, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Coca-Cola Corp. speaking about the importance of diversity in their organizations and how it influences business decisions. Panelists from companies including the Kellogg Company, Skanska, Chase, Exelon and The Summers Group will discuss what "differences" mean in the workplace, the role of differences in organizational change, and challenges of integrating a diverse organization. 

Corporate sponsors for the conference include Bank of America, Chase, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Exelon, GE, Kellogg's, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Skanska.

For additional information and to register, visit http://business.nd.edu/diversityconference/ or contact Kate Pelletier at kpellet2@nd.edu