Here is the Shreveport Times coverage of the “Be Fair Shreveport” workplace diversity forum on 20 June 2012:
Workplace diversity is regular business jargon, but a panel of Shreveport voices said Wednesday its effects are valuable only if it means inclusion.
The panel of the People Acting for Change and Equality (P.A.C.E.) business forum discussed fairness in hiring and in the workplace, how that translates to attracting a creativity-powered work force and what that means to city- and region-wide economic development.
That panel included Moonbot Studios co-founder Brandon Oldenburg, city of Shreveport Human Resources Director Angelita Jackson, CoHabitat Executive Director John Grindley and former LSUS HR Director DeAnn Arnold.
The forum’s basic questions were based on the findings of Richard Florida, an urban policy expert and author of the 2002 book “The Rise of the Creative Class.” The book’s findings show attracting and maintaining creatively inclined workers — designers, writers, artists and filmmakers among others — is related, at least partly, to an area’s level of tolerance of diverse cultures and lifestyles.
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