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Oct. 10, 2018 —USM Corporate Partners panel explores “Why Diversity is Good For Business”



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10/16: USM Corporate Partners panel explores “Why Diversity is Good For Business”

WHAT: A panel discussion, “Why Diversity is Good For Business” facilitated by USM Corporate Partners Faculty Chair Richard Bilodeau, exploring the opportunities and challenges of creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Breakout sessions will provide specific action items that participants can take back to their workplace.

Panelists include:  Betsy Peters, Founder of MaineCanDo, Tae Chong, Manager of Social Enterprise and Workforce Development of Catholic Charities of Maine, Lelia De Andrade, Senior Director of Grantmaking Services at the Maine Community Foundation, and Samantha Frisk, Coordinator of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs at USM.

Admission fee: $15 for general public. Free to Corporate Partners, USM students, staff, faculty. Registration required.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Abromson Community Education Center, 2nd Floor, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME

WHY: Studies show it pays to create a more diverse work environment. Not only is diversity the right thing to do, it’s good for business, promoting higher levels of engagement and bringing new skill sets to the team.


Situated in Maine’s economic and cultural center, the University of Southern Maine (USM) is a public university with 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students taking courses online and at campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn. Known for its academic excellence, student focus and engagement with the community, USM provides students with hands-on experience that complements classroom learning and leads to employment opportunities in one of the nation’s most desirable places to live.