Multicultural Forum

'Our Time to Lead' is Theme of 25th Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity in Minneapolis April 9-11

“Our Time to Lead” is the theme of the 25th annual Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, a national conference that will be held April 9 to 11 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The forum is sponsored by Target and presented by the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in partnership with the National Black MBA Association Twin Cities.

The forum is designed for professionals who manage a diverse workforce, are responsible for diversity within organizations of all sizes, or work with multicultural clientele. The largest diversity and inclusion conference in the country, the forum attracts more than 1,200 participants from 35 states and more than 400 companies.

The forum runs Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11. A Career Services Center will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10, and a Career Fair will be held Wednesday, April 10. More than 50 Midwest companies will be represented at the Career Services Center and Career Fair, which are free and open to the public.

Participants can choose to attend all or any of the days. Information can be found on the forum’s website, by phone at (651) 962-4377 or email at

The forum features four general sessions, 62 concurrent learning sessions, and eight program tracks for those interested in specific areas such as government, health care and law.

Among the general-session speakers are Barry Posner, professor of leadership at Santa Clara University and author of Leadership Challenge, and Phoebe Eng, social-change strategist and author of Warrior Lessons.

The forum began in 1988 as a two-hour video conference. In addition to its professional staff, more than 60 volunteers assist with planning workshops and logistics, and more than 150 volunteers will help staff the conference.