Welcome to the Florida Diversity Council’s Quarter 3 Newsletter. The Board of Directors is extremely excited about the commitment that multiple individuals and organizations have demonstrated towards the FLDC’s mission to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the state.

This past quarter we have welcomed a new Coordinator to the FLDC staff. Raphael Parra is supporting our Orlando and South Florida chapters and brings new energy to our initiatives. We look forward to his work in developing our efforts within these regions.

Florida was fortunate to be chosen to host the 2nd Annual National Latino Leadership Conference. It was held on August 11th in Miami at the FIU Kovens Conference Center. The event attracted approximately 200 professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, educators, policy leaders, and students, featuring discussions surrounding issues affecting the Latino community. Top Latino Leaders from across the nation were recognized during the event luncheon. We thank those who participated in this event and helped make the conference a success.

We have more great initiatives coming up in the last quarter of 2016. Our annual Women’s Conference will take place on October 7th in Ft. Lauderdale. We hope you will join us in furthering the conversation about female leadership and development and in honoring this year’s Glass Ceiling Award recipients. We also look forward to holding additional initiatives that cater to specific niches of diversity and inclusion, and our 2nd Annual Legal Diversity Summit taking place on October 21st in the Tampa Bay area and the 5th Annual Veterans Summit will take place in Jacksonville on November 9th.

We would especially like to invite you to participate in another program that is premiering in Florida this year – the National Diversity Council’s certification program taking place December 5-9 in Tampa. This newly-developed program has already helped to educate and certify diversity professionals in other states and we look forward to hosting the program in Florida at the end of this year. If you are interested in becoming a certified diversity professional, do not miss out on this great opportunity.

The FLDC’s work is meaningful and will leave an everlasting footprint on our local communities throughout the state. We ask that you join us in promoting the importance of our efforts so we may enjoy a diverse and inclusive workforce today and tomorrow.

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