Panel at CCSU to discuss diversity, inclusion in business

Published on Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:24
Written by Chris Fazio

Special to The Herald

NEW BRITAIN - The Connecticut Online Computer Center will be teaming up with Central Connecticut State University and American Savings Foundation to host a panel discussion titled “Diversity and Inclusion: Moving Business Forward” on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

The event will take place in the Welte Auditorium at CCSU as part of the American Savings Foundation Lecture Series.

The panel, made up of a group of industry experts in banking, insurance and higher education, will discuss current, real experiences and how providing a diverse and inclusive work environment has driven success within their organizations.

“Today’s workforce is incredibly diverse and managing a culture that is inclusive has a tangible impact to a company’s success,” said Richard Leone, CEO of COCC.

The panel will be moderated by Lisa Jacobi, senior vice president and chief human resources officer of COCC.

Fred Colon, chief diversity officer and vice president of Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion, will be on the panel. Colon is a key player in the execution of Travelers’ diversity and inclusion strategy.

Andrea Hawkins, Partner of the Clarion Group, will be a panelist as well. The Clarion Group is a firm of advisers who help senior-level executives solve complex business issues through a combination of leadership and cultural strategies.

Connecticut Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez also holds a seat on the panel. As banking commissioner, Perez has jurisdiction over Connecticut’s laws pertaining to state chartered banks and credit unions, consumer credit, broker-dealers, investment advisors, securities, and tender offers.

The final seat on the panel belongs to Zulma Toro, CCSU’s president. Toro is the first female and first Hispanic president in CCSU’s history. Toro has a history of working with state legislatures to enhance the social, economic and cultural impact of higher education.

“We look forward to hearing from these panelists as they share lessons learned and the impact their actions have made within their organization that contributed to heightened employee engagement,” said Leone.

Panelists will take questions from the audience following the panel discussion.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:24. Updated: Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:26.