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Great Leaders Recognize the Value of Leadership Diversity

Posted by: Nika White on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Greenville Chamber’s fourth annual ACE Leadership Symposium, Advancing Multicultural Leadership is around the corner and I could not be more excited about the rich content that will be shared. The event will be held at the TD Convention Center on April 21, 2016 featuring two workshop offerings and a culmination luncheon with keynote presenter Dr. John A. Powell, Director, UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Minority and multicultural professionals and business owners, as well as mid-senior business and organization leaders (particularly those that mentor and manage multicultural professionals) are encouraged to attend. The key mission of the ACE Leadership Symposium is to share with the community that in order to advance leadership and corporate board service for under-represented professionals, there must be a concerted effort to advocate and collaborate for the success of such individuals. The event intends to empower leaders to create a road map for succeeding in leadership, and also empower influencers who can sponsor and help minority and multicultural leaders to achieve corporate board service and higher levels of organizational leadership. This event has been well supported in the past with a diverse audience of approximately 500 minority professionals and majority leaders from an array of public and private sectors. Here’s the line-up.

9:15 am to 10:15 am & 10:20 am to 11:20 am Workshop Sessions (both sessions offered twice)


“Setting a Forward Trajectory for Multicultural Professionals”

FACILITATOR: Dr. Kinneil Coltman, Chief Diversity Officer, Greenville Health System

DESCRIPTION: Workforce diversity will become increasingly important as competitiveness of our economy continues to grow. Both external and internal barriers can be equally detrimental to the advancement of diverse groups. Drawing on expertise participants will be given pragmatic advice on maximizing their opportunities in the corporate and professional world. Mentoring, cultivating feedback about your work, developing an adaptable strategic plan for success, recognizing opportunities, setting a forward trajectory for your personal and civic life, and more are key topics that will be explored.

“Creating Inclusive Work Environments”

FACILITATOR: Tan Kirby Davis, Founder and Lead Consultant for Tan Davis Consulting & Facilitation, a consulting and training organization specializing in Organizational Development, Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion and Workforce Engagement.

DESCRIPTION: Recognizing the importance of treating diversity and inclusion as an opportunity rather than an obligation is the first step to successfully create an inclusive work environment. Inclusive work environments require inclusive-minded leaders, an accepting and welcoming culture, diverse workforce and intentional practices and policies in support of inclusion. Learn ways to help create this culture for your organization as well as the benefits. Despite the best intentions, many organizations still fail and struggle to achieve racial balance within the company and on their executive teams. Some companies have revolving doors of talented minorities, seeing them leave frustrated by the barriers they encounter. This session will help mid to senior level leaders become well versed in how to mentor, coach, manage and sponsor minorities as well as create an inclusive work culture.


11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Culmination Luncheon

“Advancing Multicultural Leadership: Everyone’s Responsibility”

KEYNOTE: Dr. John Powell, Director, UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

DESCRIPTION: In keeping with the theme of ACE, there must be a concerted effort to advocate for multicultural leadership and collaborate to ensure multicultural professionals are successful so that they can excel personally and in their endeavors to contribute effectively to their organizations. Collaborative relationships in business can be valuable and can boost you and the organization beyond your expectations. The main goal is to join alliances to give your organization a more competitive advantage. Collaboration can greatly enhance an individual and organization’s chances of success.

I encourage you to watch the ACE Leadership Symposium Promo Video and register to attend. Leadership diversity is critical to the achievement of the Chamber’s vision of Greenville becoming the premier destination. The Greenville Chamber actively supports talented women and minorities in our community in achieving leadership positions in greater numbers. The ACE Leadership Symposium is one of two initiatives the Chamber executes annually to advance leadership diversity within underrepresented populations. In the fall, the Chamber host the ATHENA Leadership Symposium designed to advance women’s leadership and corporate board service.


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