The diversity forum

"What Does THAT Mean?!"
Seeing Through Diverse Lenses
with Charlotte Hamlin, Ph.D.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
7:30am – 11:30am
Register here!


The Diversity Forum Seeks Corporate Sponsors!


Looking for ways for your company to...

  1. Showcase their belief in the benefits of diversity and commitment to bettering our society through inclusion
  2. Gain marketing exposure (PR, web, direct mail, etc.)
  3. Be recognized as a leader in the journey towards a more inclusive city...and world.

One way to accomplish the above is to sponsor The Diversity Forum!


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We believe diversity will give our nation a competitive advantage in the new global economy where ideas, concepts, knowledge, and people have become a company’s most important assets.



Eric WatsonAs Board Chair of The Diversity Forum, I’m excited to invite you to another inspiring Diversity Forum experience. Having provided you with speakers that cause us all to look inward, such as Steve Donahue and Lee Mun Wah, we are now fortunate to have Dandapani, an internationally acclaimed speaker, present his practical and interactive workshop at our first Forum event of 2013.

One Mind, Many Peoples clearly expresses the opportunity that exists for all of us, to better understand others by understanding ourselves first.

Please join me and others as we continue our journey to cultural competence with The Diversity Forum:

On… Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

At… Harris Conference Center, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208

Best regards,
Eric Watson
Board Chair
The Diversity Forum

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." -Tolstoy


Lee Mun Wah Returns to Charlotte – October 31, 2012 – Changing Our Heads, Hearts, & Hands: From the Inside Out

Lee Mun Wah, founder and CEO of StirFry Seminars, has revolutionized the field of diversity through his internationally acclaimed films and seminars. His film, The Color of Fear, won the Gold Medal for Best Social Studies Documentary. In 1996, Oprah Winfrey did a one hour special on Lee Mun Wah's life and work that was seen over 15 million viewers internationally. Since then, Lee Mun Wah has continued directing films and documentaries and writing books.

After Lee Mun Wah's presentation at the May Diversity Forum, we have had many requests to bring him back to Charlotte to help finish what he started here in Charlotte. Said The Diversity Forum Chariman, Eric Watson, "Much has been said about cultural competence of which the essence is understanding oneself. Through cultural competence, we create more inclusive environments that become richer and more sustainable as we change our thinking, our feeling, and our actions - our heads, our hearts, and our hands. "



The Diversity Forum Event – May 23, 2012 – Lee Mun Wah

Lee Mun WahJoin us on May 23, as Lee Mun Wah, founder and CEO of StirFry Seminars, travels to Charlotte to speak at The Diversity Forum. Mun Wah has revolutionized the field of diversity through his internationally acclaimed films and seminars. His film, The Color of Fear won the Gold Medal for Best Social Studies Documentary. In 1996, Oprah Winfrey did a one-hour special on Lee Mun Wah’s life and work that was seen by over 15 million viewers internationally. Since then, Lee Mun Wah has continued directing films and documentaries and writing books.

It is Lee Mun Wah’s belief that we cannot wait until tomorrow for some charismatic leader to appear who will bring us all together. We each must take a stand and personally participate in this important journey of confronting our fears and beginning a conversation not only with those we love, but also with those we have been taught to fear. Our survival and the future of our children depend on all of us embracing our differences as well as our mutuality. If we can accomplish this in our lifetime, we can then look back and know that we have found a way to live together authentically and harmoniously, using and honoring all of our gifts and special contributions.

Lee Mun Wah on Oprah:

Registration will begin soon for the May 23 – stay tuned for details! For more information, contact Julia Orr at 704.405.0607.

Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Diversity and Inclusion Initiative:
Strategy – Authentic – Execution

In past Diversity Forum’s we have discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, but the question remains: How do we know how successful our efforts have been? Join The Diversity Forum and Vincent Brown from Global Novations, LLC as we find out how to measure the effectiveness of our diversity and inclusion initiatives.

About Vincent Brown

Vincent Brown, co-founder and one of four managing partners of Global Novations, LLC, has contributed thirty years of consulting experience in the areas of diversity and inclusion, team-building, leadership development, strategic planning and executive coaching. He also leads Global Novations’ innovation, intellectual property and new product development components for the company.

In addition to co-authoring the book, The Phoenix Principles: Leveraging Inclusion to Transform Your Company, which was released in March 26, Vincent has also written several workbooks, including Diversity Councils that Work and Montorship 2, and is the creator of several team building and leadership simulations.

Carolinas HealthCare System 9th Annual Diversity Symposium

The Competitive Edge: Excellence In Healthcare For A Diverse Community.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
7:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

The Westin Charlotte
601 South College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202

Click here for more information

The Diversity Forum’s Past Event

The Diversity Forum Names the 2010 Diversity & Inclusion Award Winners

CHARLOTTE, NC,– The Diversity Forum held an event on Wednesday, October 13, at the Marriott SouthPark (2200 Rexford Road) titled "Workforce/Workplace: The Benefits and Challenges of Diversity and Inclusion". Debra Plousha Moore (Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Carolinas HealthCare System) was the keynote speaker for this event. This event was also approved by the HR Certification Institute for 2.00 general credits.

Following Debra's inspirational speech two TDF board members, John Cole (Partner Ogletree Deakins) and Chiquitha Llyod, (M/W/SBE Administrator, CMS) announced the 2010 Diversity and Inclusion Awards. The Trailblazer (company) and the Champion (individual) awards recognize those who have shown outstanding leadership in the community.


The 2010 winners are:

  • Trailblazer Award – Lance, Inc.
  • Champion Award – Nicole Dean (Vice President Corporate HR & Chief Diversity Officer at Belk)

Congratulations to our winners and thank you for being leaders in diversity and inclusion in our community!

"I am very excited about the growth of The Diversity Forum and how far we have come in the last two years." Said Michelle Fish, Founder. "We are also extremely proud of the Diversity & Inclusion Awards as it allows us to recognize leaders in our community and encourage them to continue their leadership in diversity within our community and surrounding areas."

The non-profit organization continues to serve as a resource for HR professionals, senior executives, business owners, and diversity/inclusion practitioners to learn valuable information regarding diversity and inclusion which can be implemented into both the workplace and general community.

We have been paying attention to past event surveys and in response to the popular demand for a session focused on best practices; we have put together "Diversity and Inclusion Practices to Sustain Employee Engagement."The Diversity Forum’s very own Board of Advisors Chairman, Joe Machicote, will serve as keynote speaker for our next event!

As the VP of Talent Management & HR Services at Lance, Inc., Joe champions the development of the employee life cycle and best practices for leading and managing people – including diversity and inclusion process, loyalty and engagement, HR analytics, change management, employee resource center, talent acquisition, training and development, and reward and recognition strategies for over 5,000 employees in North America. If anyone can provide the "how-to’s"…it is this gentleman.

A recognized D&I leader in Charlotte, we don’t expect for tickets to be around for long…


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