The Multicultural Forum was held April 10-11, at the Minneapolis Convention Center with a spring snowstorm adding another dimension to the conference, especially for out-of-state visitors from warmer climes.
The Forum celebrated its 25th anniversary, culminating with a name change to The Forum on Workplace Inclusion. This new moniker reflects societal changes and a refocusing of the Forum’s agenda. Inclusion leads to engagement, innovation, productivity, and employee retention. Does your workplace value these variables? If not, what is the cost of not including, valuing, and listening to “others”? Considering business’ focus on financial outcomes—follow the money. Organizations and businesses are recognizing the economic benefit to the bottom line when they value and practice inclusion.
I was able to attend a variety of sessions. Highlights:
What would you rather be?
- A dripping faucet
- A lake or pond
- A river
- An ocean
I would like to be a lake. (I’d really rather be at cabin on a lake, watching the seasons change and the starry sky.)
Finally, inclusion involves a state of open mindedness and the alignment of employees’ values and talents with business goals. Inclusion means changing the company culture.
The 26th annual conference is scheduled for March 18 – 20, 2014, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The theme for next year’s Forum on Workplace Inclusion is: Breaking New Ground.
In the most recent edition of B. Magazine, the director of the forum, Steve Humerickhouse, reflects on the growth of diversity, the evolution of inclusion, and the hope of breaking new ground for the next 25 years. Read the Q&A