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Release: Sept. 12, 2002

UI conference helps businesses retain diverse workforce

The University of Iowa and the Professional and Technical Diversity Network will discuss ways that businesses can develop and maintain workforce diversity in "Retention: Keeping Diversity in Iowa" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The evening includes a performance by Graffiti Theater, followed by a panel discussion with several Iowa City/Cedar Rapids-area business leaders. Joe Drahozal, vice president of workforce initiatives with Priority One, will discuss the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Multi-Cultural Resource Guide; Jorge Rivera, initiatives manager with Procter & Gamble, will discuss surviving and thriving in Iowa with a family; and Charlotte Westerhaus, assistant to the president and director of affirmative action at the University of Iowa, will discuss organizational responsibilities in retaining employees.

The Professional and Technical Diversity Network is a partnership between employers, the community and professional organizations with a shared commitment to attract, develop and retain diverse professional and technical specialists. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in belonging to PTDN.