Author Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP explored diversity in the workplace with Israeli delegation in Greensboro September 13 as part of multicity U.S. fact-finding mission.

The 8-member State Department-invited delegation of business leaders, educators and government officials met with The HR Group to learn about diversity practices and lessons from a Quarterly Diversity Breakfast Forum, in conjunction with the Piedmont Triad Council for International Visitors

Background and Objectives

A three-week United States Department of State-sponsored mission to focus on strategies and policy that advance diversity within the workforce.

The Department of State outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

  • Gain a better understanding of policies on equal opportunity and civil rights in the U.S., and the various actors who influence and make policy at federal, state and local levels;
  • Examine strategies and policies that advance diversity within government, NGOs and private corporations;
  • Look at training programs and career development for minorities and vulnerable communities;
  • Acquaint participants with federal, state and local laws and programs intended to improve the rights of persons with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
  • Provide participants with opportunities to discuss how various organizations, associations, and NGOs influence policy and raise awareness of diversity in the workplace;
  • Explore best practices for integrating minorities and immigrants, and providing equal opportunity.

Billings-Harris discussed best practices and research from her book TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity by focusing primarily on the role of chief diversity officers and how diversity impacts the business bottom-line.

Contact: Ivan Saul Cutler, 336-288-1560