November 19, 2013
450+ gathered for Diverse by Design Symposium, see the photos
In 2020, only 23.4% of Greater Cincinnati’s population will be multicultural, compared to a national average of 42.3%.
Greater Cincinnati's population is not growing as fast as its top-performing peer regions.
Greater Cincinnati has just 6.9 minority businesses per 1,000 people, compared to a peer region average of 11.9.
It’s because of stats like these that the Diverse by Design initiative was created and why 450+ attendees gathered for the Fifth Third Bank Diverse by Design 2013 Leadership Symposium last Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The highlight of the event was the inspiring keynote address given by John Quiñones, ABC Primetime News Anchor and Host of What Would You Do?
"A journalist's primary responsibility is asking the right questions until the truth is revealed. That is what Cincinnati has been doing with their diversity and inclusion initiatives," said Quinones. "The Cincinnati region should be commended for addressing such an important topic, and not shying away," he added.
Diverse by Design is a joint project of Agenda 360 and Vision 2015, working in collaboration with many of the Greater Cincinnati's large and small businesses and civic and community organizations. Diverse by Design is intended to grow our region's ability to attract and retain high potential talent, with an emphasis on increasing the diversity of our talent pool and making our community more inclusive.
Diverse by Design was developed from the idea that diversity and inclusion have become bottom-line imperatives and that successful businesses-and regions-embrace this idea. In other words, increasing diversity and growing inclusion is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing.
"In the last year, more than 150 volunteers from 80 organizations have been inspired by 15 executive leaders from around the region in Action Teams that have tackled tough questions for our community," said Mary Stagaman, executive director of Agenda 360. "They are developing key strategies for attracting and keeping diverse talent in our region; growing opportunities for minority businesses; and making our community more welcoming to newcomers from near and far."
Diverse by Design has three components:
- Using research and data to determine where we have strengths and where we have room for improvement, summarized in Diverse by Design: Meeting the Talent Challenge in a Global Economy, released in 2012;
- Creating awareness and understanding of the scope of our challenges starting with an annual diversity leadership symposium presented by Fifth Third Bank; and
- Prompting sustained and strategic action to build a region that welcomes all and has the right talent mix to compete in a global economy.
Stagaman along with Maria Gracia Di Pasquale, Director, on loan to Diverse by Design from Procter & Gamble introduced the project and representatives from the five Diverse by Design Action Teams shared updates.
In an article by WCPO’s Lucy May, she re-caped some of the ideas presented by the Diverse by Design Action teams, including "A smart phone app called 'Passport to Live Your Dream Here' designed for high school and college students, a website that would allow young professionals to connect with each other and get more involved in the community, a marketing and public relations materials that minority business owners could get at a reduced cost to help grow their companies locally, and a project to help companies who want to hire foreign-born companies navigate the paperwork and processes required to do that." Read the entire article here
As the leader on the Symposium, Fifth Third Bank vice chairman and CEO, Kevin Kabat also spoke to the crowd. “Fifth Third Bank has long recognized that diverse perspectives from many cultures make us stronger, as a bank and as a community,” said Kabat in an pre-event interview. “It's exciting to see so many local leaders embracing the inclusion imperative and taking an active role in changing the community in which we live and work together.”
Symposium Excellence Leaders included P&G, Fidelity Investments, The E.W. Scripps Company; Supporting Sponsors included TriHealth, The Dental Care Plus Group and University of Cincinnati; and Participating Sponsors included ArtsWave, Catholic Health Partners, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Miami University, PNC Bank, SC Ministry Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
Mary-Frances Winters, president and founder of The Winters Group shared her keys to intercultural competency. “My message was simple: the work will not be sustainable without a deep understanding of how to effectively bridge across differences, said Winters. “Competence requires practice and ongoing learning. I encouraged the group to continue their goal of becoming Diverse by Design by also focusing on becoming Intentionally Inclusive. Intentional inclusion requires intercultural competence.”
Other event presenters included Karen Bankston, PhD, Associate Dean for Clinical Practice, Partnership and Community Engagement, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing; Helen Tucker, Director--Global Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Procter & Gamble; Leigh Prop, Senior Vice President, Director of Talent Acquisition & Engagement, Fifth Third Bank; and Santa Ono, PhD, President, University of Cincinnati.
For more information, to get involved, or to invest in Diverse by Design, please contact Mary Stagaman, Executive Director, Agenda 360, at 513.579.3129 or email@example.com.