Abington to host diversity, inclusion conference

Is your organization dealing with diversity issues? Is it growing its business globally? Are you involved with leading emerging talent and preparing the next workforce?

Human resource professionals and others responsible for diversity initiatives can learn new engagement and retention strategies at a half-day conference at Penn State Abington on Oct. 5.

The Top 3 Diversity Imperatives for Human Resource Professionals for 2013 will address an important issue raised by The Society for Human Resource Management, according to Kena Sears, an Abington continuing education representative.

“One of the challenges for human resource professionals is how to boost employee satisfaction and performance. Inclusion is one of the key factors,” she said. "Penn State Abington's Office of Continuing Education and the campus’ Center for Intercultural Leadership and Communication believe it is imperative to provide employers with strategies that help emphasize diversity and inclusion in 2013 and beyond.”

Participants can leave the conference with new tools including how to identify sources of miscommunication and employ new strategies to convey your ideas more effectively. In addition, participants can learn to recognize the steps of effective delegation as they develop emerging talent.

Keynote speaker Kelly Cornish will share her insights from a decade working in the field and then will unfold the top three diversity imperatives for 2013. A panel discussion will tackle the topics of hiring employees with disabilities, immigration issues affecting the workplace, and cultural competence in health care.

The atmosphere at the conference will be enhanced by an art exhibit created specifically for the day. Yvonne Love, senior lecturer of art, said “A Sense of Place” will demonstrate and celebrate diversity at Abington through the artwork of its students.

“The pieces will be self-referential as far as diversity using gender, race, religion, culture and location, and may take the form of a formal self-portrait or an absent self-portrait using metaphors to describe themselves,” she said. “The exhibit connects with the conference because Abington truly is a model of diversity.”

To register for the conference, go to www.abington.psu.edu/events/2012/10/top-3-diversity-imperatives-human-resource-professionals-2013 or contact Kena Sears at 215-881-7388 or contact Kena Sears at 215-881-7388 or [email protected].

The conference is pre-approved for 2.5 general Human Resource Certification Institute credits.

To learn more about the Center for Intercultural Leadership and Communication at Abington, go to www.abington.psu.edu/CILC