Greetings from the Founder,

Dennis Kennedy

Dennis KennedyAs founder of the National Diversity Council, I would like to welcome you to the fourth and final edition of the 2012 Texas Diversity Council Newsletter. As the winter holidays approach, I invite you to look back on all our events and programs from this past year, and join us at our upcoming holiday mixers, in order to learn how you can become more involved with the council's work in 2013.

Business Professionals are honored at the 9th Annual DiversityFIRSTTM Awards Luncheons

The Texas Diversity Council held its 9th Annual DiversityFIRSTTM Awards Luncheons on October 18th, 23rd, and 31st in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston respectively. These luncheons were designed to highlight the importance of incorporating diversity and inclusion in the community and the workplace, focusing on the theme, "Looking Ahead: The Future of Diversity and Inclusion."

What's New in your Leadership Toolkit?

What is in your leadership toolkit? I asked this at a recent speaking engagement, and was astonished that most of the audience didn't even know what a leadership toolkit is; much less what it should contain. Given the diversity of the participants across traditional age, occupation, gender, race, and interest lines, this was a surprising commentary on a missed opportunity. What are the tools you utilize each and every day? Part wisdom, part experience-based, and often learned from others in the workplace, our leadership toolkit supports us in everything from creating mundane expense reports to having a difficult conversation with a colleague. As Abraham Maslow opined back in the 60's, however, to rely upon just one tool sub-optimizes our leadership potential and conspires against carefully cultivating our creativity and flexibility.

The I in Diversity

I am still amazed at how some still see Diversity as affirmative action, quota, checking a box on a form or just a difference of color, race and ethnicity.


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February 8, 2013 Women in Leadership

February 27, 2013 Diversity Learning Series

March 21, 2013 Member Mixer

March 28, 2013 Healthcare Diversity Summit

April 25, 2013 College Tours

May 2, 2013 Lunch and Learn Series

May 16, 2013 DiversityFIRST Awards Luncheon

September 21, 2013 Young Women's Leadership Symposium

November 14, 2013 Women's Summit

December 5, 2013 Holiday Mixer

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