PREPARING FOR THE BIG DAY—Tim Stevens, one of the many members of the CEIR Working Group in the final days of preparation of the 5th Annual Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable Conference. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels)

Tim Stevens is a busy man.

With the fifth annual Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable Conference less than a week away, his schedule is filling up. “I’ve been on this computer all morning,” he said hurriedly while confirming last-minute speakers and organizing the final version of the event program booklet. On June 19 at 8 a.m., his hard work, along with the CEIR committee members, will pay off as over 200 people will gather at the Duquesne University Power Center, 1105 Forbes Ave., to share a common interest in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in Pittsburgh’s workforce and supplier opportunities. Updates on progress made from the previous years on achieving higher levels of inclusion of African Americans and people of color and diversity in employment, business ownership and business development in the region also will be revealed.

“I’m excited about this year’s conference,” said Stevens, CEIR Working Group Facilitator, and the Black Political Empowerment Project CEO. “The lineup is powerful and our keynote speaker, Dr. Kathy Humphrey, will focus on our theme, Exploring Formulas for Success.” Humphrey is the Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Chief of Staff, Chancellor’s Office at the University of Pittsburgh.

Panel discussions will include; Supplier Diversity, facilitated by Doris Carson Williams, President and CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania; and Ban the Box Update, facilitated by Tracey McCants Lewis, Esq., Associate Clinical Professor and Interim Co-Director, Duquesne University School of Law Department of Clinical Legal Education.

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