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    May 21, 2013

    Diverse by Design action teams convene

    Diversity symposium 2013

    Diverse by Design participants reflect on gaps and opportunities in the talent supply chain.

    Agenda 360's diversity and inclusive initiatives, termed Diverse by Design, are kicking in to gear in 2013.

    At the Fifth Third Bank Leadership Symposium 2012: Creating a Competitive Advantage through Diversity and Inclusion in December, Agenda 360, Vision 2015 and the Chamber led a game-changing discussion on how Greater Cincinnati can improve its competitiveness through diversity and inclusion.

    The symposium included the release of Diverse by Design, a Regional Indicators Report commissioned by Agenda 360 and Vision 2015 to measure our region's overall diversity and inclusion and concluded with a call to join Agenda 360 and Vision 2015 in launching targeted initiatives to increase the amount of diversity and degree of inclusion in our region.

    The first action team convened on Thursday, May 16 around the topic of talent. The team is led by co-chairs Santa Ono, President, University of Cincinnati, William Gipson, Chief Diversity Officer, Procter & Gamble, and Patricia Smitson, CEO, Greater Cincinnati/Dayton, American Red Cross, and tasked with aligning and growing a suite of programs to grow the base of high-demand talent in the region, including young professionals, diverse populations and experienced, high-skilled workers. This group will look at retention of multicultural university graduates, the on-boarding process for newcomers to the region, internship programs within local companies and more.

    Hildal, Robyn 2013

    Robyn Hildal, Vice President of Talent and Diversity at The E.W. Scripps Company, brainstorms game-changing moments for talent development with fellow Diverse by Design participants.

    The Talent Action Team will meet again in July and September 2013.

    Other Diverse by Design Action Teams include:

    ERG Best Practices: This team will develop a best practices learning community to bridge company boundaries, bringing members of employee resources groups throughout the region together, increasing social ties for diverse talent and reducing retention risk. Co-chairs: Leigh Prop, Senior Vice President and Director of Talent Acquisition and Engagement, Fifth Third Bank, and Jodi Geiser, Partner, Ernst & Young

    Multi-Cultural Leadership: This team will develop a leadership program for mid-career multicultural professionals, building on the strength of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League's program for African American leaders and best practices from around the country. Co-chairs: Donna Jones Baker, President & CEO, Greater Cincinnati Urban League, Lisa Knutson, Chief Administrative Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company, and Daniel Molina, Global Enterprise Architect, Accenture

    Immigration: This team will develop a strategy for attracting more immigrant-entrepreneurs to our region and grow the number of immigrant-owned companies and culturally focused non-profits. Co-chairs: Richard Herman, Herman Legal Group and co-author, Immigrant, Inc., Sr. Sally Duffy, President and Executive Director, SC Ministry Foundation, Evans Nwankwo, President and CEO, Megan Construction Company, and Simón Sotelo, Vice President, Community Development, PNC Bank

    Minority-Owned Business Spend: This team will  grow the list of "goal-setting" companies in the region committed to minority-owned business spend through the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Minority Business Accelerator. Convener: Crystal German, Vice President, Minority Business Accelerator, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

    For more information and to sign on to be a part of an action team, visit

    About Agenda 360
    Agenda 360 is the regional action plan designed to transform Cincinnati USA into a leading metropolitan region for talent, jobs and economic opportunity for all who call our region home by the year 2020. Learn more at

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