Now with recertification credit hours from the HR Certification Institute

CANTON, OH (Oct. 7, 2010) – The Stark County Human Resources Association (SCHRA), an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management, and the Canton Regional Chamber are bringing the first ever comprehensive business diversity conference to Canton on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference aims to define diversity and inclusion within the workplace and demonstrate how these important business practices can influence the strength and prosperity of the workplace and the community at large. Topics include Diversity & Inclusion 101, Diversity Impact on Economic Development, Developing Your Company’s Inclusion Plan andRecruiting and Retaining Minority Talent. In addition to these educational sessions, the afternoon conference program will consist of a engaging panel discussion by Stark County leaders from various quadrants of our community. Speakers include Mayor William J. Healy II and Robert Torres, director of development for the City of Canton, Dr. Tameka Taylor and Ruth Ramos from Compass Consulting Services, Traci Dunn, global inclusion & talent acquisition for The Timken Company, Aimee Belden, director of ystark!, Stark County’s young professional initiative, Deborah Easton, communications consultant with Kent State University Adult Continuing Education and Rev. Mark Simone from the Federated Church in Chagrin Falls. Tish Biggs, Ph.D., of Time Warner Cable will moderate the panel discussion. The conference will be held at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and other refreshments. RECERTIFICATION CREDITS AVAILABLE! This program has been approved for 4 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

Conference registration for SHRM and Chamber members is $99; non-members may attend for $119. Professionals involved in human resources and all levels of business management should plan to attend for engaging seminars from area experts. About the Diversity Committee of Stark County Human Resources Association The Diversity Committee exists to promote diversity and inclusion through activities and education. The organization spearheads efforts to diversify the chapter’s membership and leadership and to publicize quality diversity programs in the local community. For more information, visit