Monday, August 10, 2009

Workplace integration as key to business success: lunch forum Tuesday at Loews Vanderbilt

Sponsored by both local Hispanic chambers of commerce

Speakers include Chief Diversity Officer of Manpower and HR Manager of Tyson Foods

"To strengthen existing integration programs and to promote collaboration among organizations"

Nashville a "new gateway" city

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation

As part of its Hispanic Integration Initiative, the Americas Society and Council of the Americas is hosting a lunch forum tomorrow at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel entitled "Workplace Integration as a Key for Business Success." Local partners include both Nashville-based Hispanic chambers of commerce, the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Event information is below.

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the AS/COA Hispanic Integration Initiative promotes the integration of the Hispanic population in new gateway cities like Nashville*. It documents, shares and builds upon best practices from nationally as well as locally operating businesses to strengthen existing integration programs and to promote collaboration among organizations. The AS/COA works with national companies and, in Nashville, with local partners such as the two Hispanic chambers to engage businesses, community groups and public sector leaders that promote integration and to then document their best practices. Its immigrant integration work also involves cities including Atlanta, GA, Portland, OR and Omaha, NE in addition to Nashville, TN.

In 2008, U.S. Business and Hispanic Integration: Expanding the Economic Contributions of Immigrants—an AS/COA white paper based on findings from the first year of this initiative—was released on Capitol Hill with business executives, along with six Members of Congress, including now-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In fall 2009, the AS/COA will synthesize findings and produce a new white paper that highlights the contributions of Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. economy and innovative efforts by national and local businesses to facilitate the integration of Hispanic communities and workers. The white paper will be shared among media and national and local-level politicians, businesses, and community groups. In addition, the AS/COA will convene follow-up meetings in each of the case study locations to foster expanded integration efforts and greater recognition of potential projects. This initiative will serve as a call to action for the business community.

Event Information

The Americas Society and Council of the Americas
in partnership with the

Invite You to the
Workplace Integration as a Key for Business Success
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Luncheon Program

Registration and Networking:
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Luncheon and Discussion:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.*

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee

Lunch Registration: $10
Pre-Registration Required.

Please click here for online registration

Where & When
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Private sector representatives to speak on immigrant success stories and local models for workplace integration with a high-level public sector official to give keynote remarks.

Keynote Remarks*

* Martha Artiles, Chief Diversity Officer, Manpower, Inc.


* Gary Denton, “A Local Model for Workplace Integration” Manager of Human Resources, Tyson Foods, Inc.

Opening Remarks:

* Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society and Council of the Americas
* Tera Vázquez, Board President, Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; President, GuyBrown
* Yuri Cunza, President and CEO, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Additional Speakers to be confirmed. Presentations will be followed by Q&A and Closing Remarks.

About the Americas Society and Council of the Americas

The Americas Society and Council of the Americas, headquartered in New York, unite opinion leaders to exchange ideas and create solutions to the challenges of the Americas today. The Americas Society (AS) is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. The Council of the Americas (COA) is the premier international business organization whose 183 corporate members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Source: AS/COA

*Just as the Americas Society and Council of the Americas has highlighted Nashville as a "gateway city," a 2005 Carnegie Report by the Carnegie Corporation of New York highlighted Nashville as "part of a new American frontier sometimes called the 'global interior.'"

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