Hello and Happy New Year! For the past three years, the Michigan Diversity Council (MIDC) has been a dynamic platform for learning and dialogue surrounding the challenges and opportunities of diversity in the workplace. We have listened to member feedback regarding programming topics, and overwhelmingly, we heard that your most pressing workplace diversity issues focus on recruiting and retaining talent. So in 2013, we will tackle the topic with a series of programming that features industry experts and highlights best practices in our region.
Aligned with our theme of “recruiting and retaining talent”, we would like to highlight one of our sponsors who truly values this theme. As the state’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has a unique mission to guarantee everyone in Michigan access to health care. Diversity and inclusion are vital components of their culture. They have a commitment to recruiting and retaining top talent and this is demonstrated with their internship program. Their internship program not only develops the students as future employees and entrepreneurs of our state, professionally, but also has program components that assists with making them well-rounded individuals.
We are happy to welcome Tatiana Grant, MPR as our new Marketing & Communications Manager. Grant brings vast PR, marketing, event planning and sponsorship management experience which she gained while working for companies such as: The Palace Sports & Entertainment, The Taubman Company, Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee and Court TV (now TruTV). In 2009, Grant formed Infused PR & Events which is an agency that provides public relations, event planning, social media and sponsorship management services to non-profits, small businesses, corporations and celebrities.
Feb 22, 2013 Using Metrics to Assess and Address Workforce Diversity
Mar 2013 Recognizing Unintentional Bias
Apr 2013 Connecting Resources: Showcasing Recruiting
May 2013 Invisible Cultural Ropes
Jul 24 2013 Membership Information Session/Meet & Greet
Sep 18 2013 Creative Onboarding Solutions: Creating A Dynamic New Hire Experience
Oct 2013 Development Programming to Retain and Grow the Talent you Want
Nov 2013 Career Pathing
We will kick-off the year with our "Using Metrics to Assess and Address Workforce Diversity” event where Skot Welch, Founder/Managing Partner of Global Bridge Builders, will take attendees through an interactive workshop that investigates: Why Most Diversity Initiatives Don't Last - The Two "P's" That Will Determine A Sustainable vs. A Non-Sustainable Initiative, Case Study, and What Key Measures Matter. The event will be February 22, from 9-11 a.m. at Wayne State University — Oakland Center located at 33737 West Twelve Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331 — room 412.
Before joining the State Bar, Mr. Conyers was the Director of Community Development for Think Detroit. Mr. Conyers is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University. At the State bar he began as a program administrator for the Pro bono work of what was then the Access to Justice program, the predecessor of Justice Initiatives.
The Chinese New Year is the most important social, cultural and economic holiday in China. The date of the holiday is determined by the lunar-solar Chinese calendar. This year, the New Year will be celebrated on February 10, 2013. Although the Gregorian calendar along with the Jesuit missionaries arrived in China in 1582, it wasn’t until 1912 that the general population began using it. However, Mao Zedong forbade the celebration of the traditional Chinese New year and celebrated the West’s New Year on January 1.