As the founder of the National Diversity Council, I would like to welcome you to the second edition of the 2013 Texas Diversity Council Newsletter. We are very excited about the upcoming year and the events we have planned for our community. Our most popular undertakings continue to be the Diversity and Leadership Conference and the Women in Leadership Symposium, held annually. Both events have evolved over the years as meeting grounds for innovative business people to shape the face of diversity in their community.
There is something to be said of those who achieve excellence despite the odds. The Texas Diversity Council as part of the National Diversity Council seeks not only to uphold and promote the principles of diversity and leadership, but also to recognize those individuals who personify those principles. As such, we have several annual awards, with which recognize and honor those individuals who have not only achieved personal success, but have made it possible for others to easily follow in their footsteps.
Stefan Wilson -- formerly President of Gulf South, UPS - now President, Great Lakes, UPS Diversity is strength. Diverse employee experiences and ideas drive the bottom line of businesses in a positive direction. It is a skillful art to understand, like Stefan Wilson does, the advantages of cultivating a diverse community, employee base, and talent, and then using it to penetrate barriers and better position your business. But diversity's strength truly emerges when companies rise to do the right thing for individuals.
Each year, the National Diversity Council sets aside time during the Texas Diversity & Leadership Conference to honor women across the Texas markets for their significant achievements throughout the previous year.
Dr. Gregory J. Vincent Vice President Diversity & Community Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin, was the featured keynote speaker during the 9th Annual Texas Diversity & Leadership Conference as individuals of color from across the state and industries were honored for their efforts in upholding and promoting the principles of diversity and leadership as well as having made a difference through their achievements and exemplified the ability to excel in their field.
The Texas Diversity Council in partnership with Rice University is proud to announce our 3rd Annual Texas Diversity Council Summer Youth Program. This week long program will engage sixty students from selected local middle and high schools from June 10-14, 2013 on the Rice University Campus.
In keeping with part of the National Diversity Council's vision to empower individuals to reach their fullest potential, Dennis, Kennedy, Founder & CEO, has launched the Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) designed for professionals who require advancement through just in time leadership skills within today's progressive workforce.
May 31, 2013
Greater Fort Worth DiversityFIRST™ Awards Luncheon
Fort Worth, TX
June 20, 2013
Greater Dallas DiversityFIRST™ Awards Luncheon
July 11, 2013
Greater Dallas HealthCare Diversity Summit
July 17, 2013
Corpus Christi Women in Leadership Symposium
Corpus Christi, TX
July 25, 2013
Greater San Antonio HealthCare Diversity Summit
San Antonio, TX
Looking around the boardroom in 2006, his was the only face of color. Trennis Jones and his fellow Seton Healthcare board members chatted about hiring practices from pools of familiar people. "We were hiring qualified candidates to say the least," he says, "but I posed to the Board, 'How do we know we're hiring the best qualified applicants?'"
I have the privilege of working in San Francisco as faculty member in the management discipline of a university that focuses primarily on business. Working in this location has provided a "front row seat" to the innovation and disruption that results when new businesses, most often led by driven entrepreneurs, apply their creativity to the design of their organizations. Often, one of the many hallmarks of these successful young entrepreneurs is the way they exercise leadership.
The mission of the Kennedy Foundation is to serve as a cornerstone for the community by providing support for those in need. Dennis Kennedy, Founder, believes that it “is possible to make a difference by touching lives, one person at a time” and 2013 proves just that as five outstanding students receive the first of many Kennedy Foundation scholarships to come.
The month of May has been designated as Asian-Pacific Heritage Month - a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The celebration of this month originated in a congressional bill introduced by Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California in June 1977.