National Hispanic Corporate Council's Fall 2010 Conference Highlights Importance of Diversity

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The National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) hosted its "Leadership in a Global Environment" conference October 20-22, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The event emphasized the importance of diversity in business and diversity's expanding role in the global marketplace. Panelists representing the private and public sectors spoke on various topics, such as leadership with a global perspective, understanding cultural differences and reaching out to Hispanic customers. Speakers also discussed the growth of the Hispanic population in the United States – it has increased from 9 percent in 1990 to 16 percent in 2010 – and the emerging voice Hispanics have in the global marketplace.

Companies attending the conference included Shell Oil, Sprint, TJX (owner of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGood stores), Conagra, Walmart and Hallmark. Most of the 100 Fortune 500 company attendees at the conference were company directors of diversity or businesspersons who specialize in marketing to the Hispanic community. Sedgwick was the only law firm in attendance.

NHCC is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to serve member companies as a principal resource for information, expertise, and counsel on Hispanic issues affecting corporate objectives.

Session 1 – 'Developing Leaders With a Global Perspective'

In the first session, speakers Andres Tapia, chief diversity officer and emerging workforce solution leaders at Hewitt, and Steve Miranda, chief human resources and content integration officer at the Society for Human Resource Management, shared their experiences in the global marketplace and discussed changes in the global marketplace that are creating new challenges and opportunities in business.

During this session, attendees also participated in an interactive exercise aimed at growing the key competencies needed to attract, develop, retain and lead diverse work teams.

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