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Diversity in the workplace

September 7, 2011

The community is invited to hear the lecture entitled: "Diversity and the Workplace Changing Agents: Innovators, Leadership, and Diversity Management" to be presented by Dr. Leah Hollis, noted educator, researcher and lecturer.  

The community is invited to hear the lecture entitled: "Diversity and the Workplace Changing Agents: Innovators, Leadership, and Diversity Management" to be presented by Dr. Leah Hollis, noted educator, researcher and lecturer. The event will take place on Thursday, September 22, on the Loretto campus in the JFK Center's auditorium. Dr. Hollis' talk will focus on:


• Context of community
• Reflection on an organization which failed to innovate
• What do you need to be a leader- and review of threats in discrimination and bullying
• Ingredients for innovation
• Examples of innovators
• Bringing it all together

Dr. Leah P. Hollis, raised in Johnstown, is a noted educator, researcher, and lecturer. She has an exemplary career in higher education administration where she has held senior leadership and faculty posts. Dr. Hollis has taught at Northeastern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. Her work has led her to research this topic on women’s experiences in leadership positions. Dr. Hollis received her bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University and her master of arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her doctorate of education in administration, training and policy studies from Boston University, as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. Also, Dr. Hollis continued her professional training at Harvard University through the Graduate School of Education, Higher Education Management Development Program. She also earned certification in Project Management and Executive Leadership at Stanford University and Cornell University respectively. Further, she has earned certifications in EEO Law/Affirmative Action and Conflict Resolution and Investigation from the American Association for Affirmative Action. Dr. Hollis has served as a diversity trainer for Northeastern University and she speaks regionally and nationally on such topics as race, gender, ethnicity, equality and access. The book she recently authored is entitled: Unequal Opportunity: Fired without Cause, Filing with the EEOC.

In Unequal Opportunity, Dr. Leah Hollis takes the time to tell the stories of real victims of discrimination, bringing life to the stories behind dull court records in an imaginative and compelling way. This is a book for everyone, from victims of discrimination who want to learn more about options, to employers who want a helpful discussion tool to make the point that, unfortunately, discrimination is still with us and still very real. 

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