MINNEAPOLIS — “Our Time to Lead” is the theme of the 25th annual Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, a national conference that will be held April 9 to 11 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It is free and open to the public.
The forum is sponsored by Target and presented by the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in partnership with the National Black MBA Association Twin Cities. It runs Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11. A Career Services Center will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10, and a Career Fair will be held Wednesday, April 10. More than 50 Midwest companies will be represented at the Career Services Center and Career Fair, which are free and open to the public.
The forum began as a two-hour video conference in 1988 and is now the nation’s leading conference for advancing diversity in the workplace. It attracts more than 1,200 participants from 35 states and more than 400 companies.
The forum is designed for professionals who manage a diverse workforce, are responsible for diversity within organizations of all sizes, or work with multicultural clientele. It features four general sessions, 62 concurrent learning sessions, and eight program tracks for those interested in specific areas such as government, health care and law.
Among the general-session speakers are Barry Posner, professor of leadership at Santa Clara University and author of Leadership Challenge, and Phoebe Eng, social-change strategist and author of Warrior Lessons.
In addition to its professional staff, more than 60 volunteers assist with planning workshops and logistics, and more than 150 volunteers will help staff the conference.
More than 50 Midwest companies will participate in the Career Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. The companies are seeking professionals who hold or are working toward the minimum of a bachelor’s degree, college students, veterans and professionals in business, engineering and information technology.
The Career Services Center will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. It will offer one-one-one job-search services, including sessions dedicated to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
Career experts will help participants with resumes, elevator speeches, interview preparation and job-search strategies. Handouts will be available, including sample resumes and a guide to converting military terms to civilian terms.
The half-day seminar “Leaders in Veteran Employment” will run from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 9. The Multicultural Forum, in partnership with U.S. Bank and the U.S. Department of Labor, will provide information on military culture and state initiatives to help employers hire veterans.