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Greater Akron Chamber Presents "Diversity in the Workplace" at August 12 Morning Buzz


Greater Akron—Sponsored by SummaCare, The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. On Friday, August 12, 2016, join us to hear Dr. Alfreda Brown, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University, discuss “Diversity in the Workplace.”

In the fall of 2009, Dr. Alfreda Brown was appointed as the first vice president for the division of diversity, equity and inclusion for Kent State University.  The new division was created as an integral part of the excellence agenda at Kent.  Its mission is to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across all eight Kent State campuses.  Dr. Brown joined Kent State after serving 21 years in various positions at Rochester Institute of Technology including Chair of the Commission for Promoting Pluralism, Assistant Dean and Interim Chief Diversity Officer.  She served as a senior staff member to the institution’s president to implement and coordinate efforts that led toward a multicultural and inclusive campus.

Dr. Brown’s experience ranges from grassroots mentoring of individuals and under-represented groups to teaching classes abroad, and leading university and community-wide diversity initiatives. She is a strong advocate for strategic planning and results-oriented assessments to facilitate fact-based decision-making and the continuous improvement of diversity initiatives. Dr. Brown currently serves on the Steering Committee for Black Women’s Leadership Forum (Rochester New York), the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Board of Directors for the State of Ohio League of Women Voters (Columbus, Ohio), the Board of Directors for the Portage Medical Center Foundation, and the Board of Directors for the Kent League of Women Voters in Kent, Ohio. 
Dr. Brown has responsibility for the executive leadership and management of Kent State University’s diversity and inclusion matters, leading strategic diversity planning for the university and ensuring successful implementation of related policies, programs, and projects.  Dr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, a master’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University. 

The Morning Buzz will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Akron, 1307 E. Market St., Akron, Ohio 44305.  Business connections, registration, and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will be held from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.  The cost is $20 for members, $40 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet.  To make a reservation, call the Greater Akron Chamber at (330) 376-5550 or register on-line at www.greaterakronchamber.org.  RSVP by noon on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. 

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