'Harnessing Winds of Change' is theme of Multicultural Forum Feb. 20-21

‘Harnessing Winds of Change’ is theme of Multicultural Forum Feb. 20-21

“Harnessing the Winds of Change: The Next 20 Years” is the theme of the 20th annual Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, a two-day national training conference that will be held Feb. 20-21, 2008, at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

Co-hosts are the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas and the Twin Cities chapter of the National Black MBA Association. The forum is presented by Best Buy Inc. and receives support from more than 75 firms and organizations.

Dr. Denis Cortese, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, and Luke Visconti, partner and cofounder of DiversityInc., will deliver keynote presentations.

The forum is designed for professionals who are responsible for diversity within organizations of all sizes. It also is recommended for anyone working in a multicultural climate.

The first day of the forum features professional development institutes that provide in-depth information on fostering workplace diversity.

The second day features the keynote presentations, more than 45 workshops and specialty tracks, networking opportunities for the estimated 1,200 attendees from Minnesota and the United States, and career and resource fairs with more than 225 exhibitors.

The forum began in 1988 as a two-hour videoconference and has grown into the region’s leading event for advancing diversity in the workplace. In addition to the forum’s professional staff, more than 40 volunteers helped plan the workshops, and more than 60 volunteers will help staff the event.

Participants can choose to attend just the institutes on Feb. 20, just the forum on Feb. 21, or a combination of the two. For more information or to request a registration form, call (651) 962-4385 or e-mail bjvoorheesbl@stthomas.edu . Registration also is available on the Web: https://www.stthomas.edu/mcf/ .

In celebration of the forum’s 20th anniversary, Target is sponsoring a festive gathering, with music and refreshments, at the conclusion of the program on Feb. 21. All forum participants are welcome.