Greetings from the Founder,

Dennis Kennedy

Dennis KennedyAs founder of the National Diversity Council, I would like to welcome you to the inaugural edition of the 2013 Arkansas Diversity Council Newsletter. We are very excited about the upcoming year and the events we have planned for our community. Two of our most popular events across the nation, the Diversity and Leadership Conference and the Women in Leadership Symposium, will be coming to Arkansas in 2013. Both programs have evolved over the years as meeting grounds for innovative business people to shape the face of diversity in their community.

Check out Acxiom's 2012 Diversity Scholarship Recipients!

"Today's marketing challenges can't be solved without a robust mix of perspectives, skills and experiences," says Jena Compton, Acxiom senior vice president of human resources. "That is why Acxiom promotes a diverse working environment as an essential element to the advancement of our global influence in the data and marketing industry." Acxiom's first ever Diversity Scholarship Program provides a $5,000 award and one year internship opportunity for student segments – women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities – who are underrepresented in the field of information technology. The scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic achievement, field of study aimed at information technology and their areas of professional interest as it relates to Acxiom's business needs.

A Letter to the CEO

Devin HughesDo you have a few ideas on how to improve cross-cultural communications and enhance cultural diversity and inclusion here at the office? Congratulations! You are just like everyone else in line with you at Starbuck's. Great ideas alone do not create a culturally diverse and inclusive community at work. I have several hundred ideas a month on what we might do. Soy latte please! In the "new now", cultural diversity is all the rage amongst your peers. I find that too often you lose sight of the fact that developing a diverse workplace involves real relationships between actual human beings who do not look like you or live in your zip code. Diversity days, posters in the break room and ethnic oriented lunches have become "comfort food" for far too many people in your position who claim that diversity is indeed a priority. It is similar to popcorn at a movie theater. Granted, it is a start but do not get it twisted like your something special because you had a cultural awareness week last month.

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EVENTS

Feb 6, 2013 Leadership Round Table

Feb 7, 2013 Leadership Round Table

Feb 13, 2013 Leadership Round Table

Mar 7, 2013 Women in Leadership Symposium

Mar 8, 2013 Women in Leadership Symposium

June 6, 2013 Inaugural Arkansas Diversity and Leadership Conference

Aug 15, 2013 Healthcare Diversity Summmit

Sep 3, 2013 Diversity Boot Camp

Nov 11, 2013 College Tour

Nov 11, 2013 Multicultural Roundtable

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