Key concepts explored at Canton’s first diversity conference CANTON, OH (Aug. 27, 2010) – The Stark County Human Resources Association (SCHRA), an affiliate of SHRM, and the Canton Regional Chamber are bringing the first ever comprehensive 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, and Recruiting 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.

“Too often, business professionals hear the word ‘diversity’ and immediately interpret it as dealing solely with race relations. That’s only one part of the equation,” explained Kelli J. Scott, SCHRA diversity chairperson and workforce planning & diversity coordinator for Aultman Health Foundation. “This conference’s first objective is to introduce attendees to the full spectrum of diversity, including aspects of generational, gender and sexual orientation differences, individuals who are differently-abled and even difference in education and experience level.” Conference 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, communication skills consultant, The Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark 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. Interested in exhibiting? Conference exhibitors receive all-day registration for one (a $119 value), logo advertising and publicity in conference marketing and one 8 ft. table space for $300. Visit the conference website to secure your space by Oct. 8. Exhibition space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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