2012 Board Members: 21 WFMJ and WBCB the CW Madonna Chism Pinkard 910th Airlift Wing Major Kristin Damigella AVI Foodsystems, Inc. Patsy Kouvas Humility of Mary Health Partners Porfirio Esparra Nationwide Insurance Leslie Sullivan The Home Savings and Loan Company June Johnson The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County Debbie Liptak Trumbull County Career and Technical Center Vicki Thompson WRI Steel Denise Carissimo Youngstown State University Ram Kasuganti Yulanda McCarty-Harris Betty Jo Licata
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The Partners are an alliance among area organizations that are committed to developing diversity initiatives for themselves and for the community. The initiatives supplement each partner’s own firm-specific programs. There are some events, such as Diversity Works, which cannot be undertaken by a single organization, and there are others that are more cost effective if undertaken in collaboration. The partners have learned that a diversity advantage is not easily achieved in isolation. By interacting with other organizations, they can benchmark their activities, share information and experience, and exercise leadership in the community’s culture. To be competitive, our Valley’s firms require a community that is rich in diversity, that enjoys diversity competencies, and that values diversity as a business asset. Our economy depends as much on these characteristics as it does on the technical and educational talents of its labor pool.
The primary goal is to provide diversity-based education and facilitation for themselves and for communities in which they function toward building a climate that supports competitiveness and growth of our area’s economy.
The Partners have three annual events at the moment. The first is this Diversity Works event in October and the others are a conference and an awards program in the spring for human resource professionals. The Partners provide for the diversity track of the human resource conference, which is co-sponsored with the Western Reserve Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. We have also provided training and educational programs for specific needs. In addition, the Partners recognize and acknowledge the success of area companies and organizations that embrace the value of diversity in their organizations. Awards are made at the annual Human Resource conference each Spring.
Partnership for Workplace Diversity • c/o Dr. Ram Kasuganti, Chair, Dept. of Management • Williamson College of Business Administration • Phone: 330.941.3071 • Fax: 330.941.1459
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