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United Way of America 2006 Inclusion Roundtable Bills Diversity as a Business Imperative

 
CHICAGO, IL July 12 /DiversityBusiness.com/- Today, nearly 300 United Way leaders and diversity experts will convene at the United Way Inclusion Roundtable held at Chicago's Drake Hotel to mark local and national diversity initiatives as the latest business imperative for the United Way system.

"Chicago was built upon the efforts of diverse people coming together to create something bigger than themselves, making Chicago the perfect site for this year's United Way Inclusion Roundtable," stated Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way of America. "Diversity has always been a workforce imperative across the United Way system but the United Way Inclusion Roundtable is focused on making diversity and inclusion initiatives a business imperative that will spur greater outreach to diverse audiences and constituencies in terms of gender, racial and sexual orientation," Gallagher continued.

The United Way Inclusion Roundtable will launch the United Way Inclusion Council which will devise diversity activities to incorporate into the business imperatives outlined by the United Way Standards of Excellence.

Among the United Way and business leaders participating in the United Way Inclusion Roundtable are:
  • Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Immediate Past Chair of United Way of America
  • Ted Childs, Executive Vice President of IBM's Global Workforce Diversity
  • Janet Froetscher, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Participants of the United Way Inclusion Roundtable will be introduced to a series of pioneering initiatives that focus on specific issues, such as:
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago African American Initiative (AAI), an innovative community effort that helps at-risk African American males, ages 10 to 16 make a successful transition from childhood to young adulthood.
  • United Way of America's National Women's Leadership Council, which strives to combine the power of the purse with the power of the mind and voice to create positive social change in communities.

The United Way Inclusion Roundtable has a strong history of recognizing and promoting the differing viewpoints and perspectives diversity can bring to the table. From the Women's and Minority Staff Task Force established in 1983, to the addition of increasingly diverse United Way professionals and volunteers, the United Way Inclusion Roundtable furthers diversity and inclusion across the United Way system and to communities across the country.

About United Way of America
United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement in making a measurable impact in every community across America by focusing on the root causes of the most serious problems. The United Way movement includes over 1,300 community-based United Way organizations. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers. For more information about United Way of America, please visit: http://www.unitedway.org.

SOURCE United Way of America

 

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