CHAPEL HILL/CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Diversity Council Carolinas will hold diversity best practices meetings in August.

The purpose of this event is to highlight the importance of diversity best practices in the workplace, organizers said. Company representatives will share their insights about diversity and inclusion practices, and discuss the programs they have implemented in their own organizations.

On Aug. 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Rho, Inc., 6330 Quadrangle Dr. in Chapel Hill, listen to David Laboy, director of diversity and work life at Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton, associate vice chancellor and chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill share their insights.

On Aug. 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at The Urban League of Central Carolinas, Inc., 740 W. 5th St. in Charlotte, hear what Lauren Hood, diversity and inclusion executive with Bank of America, and Kalandra Loftin, regional human resources business partner with Zenith National Insurance lend their thoughts on subject.

Registration for either meeting is $25 and is available online.


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