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NCCU School of Business Hosts 3 Experts on Workplace Diversity

Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012

Three experts on issues involving diversity in the workplace will lead a conversation on “The Business of Diversity” at North Carolina Central University. The discussion will begin at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in B.N. Duke Auditorium. It is the latest installment of the NCCU School of Business Dean’s Global Speaker Series.

The featured participants are Marsha Jones, senior vice president and chief diversity officer for the PNC Financial Services Group; Donna Boles, senior vice president of human resources at Becton Dickinson & Co.; and Haven Cockerham, president and CEO of Cockerham & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in human resource and diversity strategies.

The Global Speaker Series, established early this year by NCCU School of Business Dean D. Keith Pigues, is an outgrowth of university’s 2020 Strategic Plan and aims to increase retention and graduation rates, enhance academic distinction and distinctiveness and foster community engagement. Each Speaker Series forum includes roundtables and provides opportunities for students to interact one-on-one with leading business professionals and entrepreneurs.

“We’re pleased to welcome three leaders with broad and deep experience in this field to help us explore this widely discussed and often misunderstood important business topic,” Pigues said. “We will cut through the rhetoric and focus on the real business implications, opportunities and challenges related to diversity.”

The public session, which will include presentations by Jones, Boles and Cockerham and a Q&A session, will run from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. There will be smaller sessions before and after for business students, faculty and invited guests.

Those planning to attend the session are requested to RSVP to Darlene Laws at dlaws@nccu.edu or 919-530-6458.

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