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USM Corporate Partners panel explores “Why Diversity is Good For Business”

Corporate Partners

Join the University of Southern Maine Corporate Partners on Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., for a panel exploring “Why Diversity is Good For Business,” at the Abromson Community Education Center, 2nd Floor, on the Portland Campus.

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

The panel discussion, facilitated by USM Corporate Partners Faculty Chair Richard Bilodeau, will explore 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 the general public. Free to Corporate Partners, USM students, staff, faculty. Registration required.

Betsy Peters, Founder of MaineCanDo
Betsy Peters is the CEO of 230Trees, a business consultancy that advises innovators on projects focused on lifelong learning, network and ecosystem development, and the application of emerging technologies to further both. She is Founder and Chief Instigator of MaineCanDo, a network of professionals in Maine who are propelling forward a public pledge of workplace policies and action to create inclusive workplaces free of harassment.

Tae Chong, Manager of Social Enterprise and Workforce Development of Catholic Charities of Maine
Tae Chong has over twenty years experience working with the immigrant, refugee, and indigent populations in Maine. He has worked with these populations as an educator, advocate, policy maker, social service provider and as a business advisor. In his work as an advocate for economic integration of immigrants and refugees in Maine, he has been featured in Maine Biz and Maine Magazine, and he was a speaker at MaineLive and Ted Dirgio. He is also a long-time resident of Portland and holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine.

Lelia De Andrade, Senior Director of Grantmaking Services at the Maine Community Foundation
Lelia L. DeAndrade holds a PhD in Sociology from Syracuse University and held a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard. Before joining the staff of the Maine Community Foundation, Dr. De Andrade was the Associate Director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, where she designed and delivered anti-bias programs for angry kids and misbehaving adults in a variety of settings. She moved to Maine in 1994 to teach on the faculty at Bowdoin College.

Samantha Frisk, Coordinator of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs at USM
Samantha Frisk transitioned from the world of corporate real estate to higher education with a desire to build just, equitable communities through engaged learning. Currently, she serves the University of Southern Maine, by supporting students, faculty, and community partners in the design and delivery of service-learning courses and the growth and institutionalization of 7 volunteer programs and events. Samantha also teaches the Honors co-curricular lab, “Race, Reflection, and Reality,” has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the President’s Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Council, and has, for the past 5 years, served as a group facilitator in the Center for Grieving Children’s Intercultural Program. Samantha graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Mathematics and International Service, and University of Southern Maine with an M.S.Ed. and Certificate in Multicultural Responses in Education and Human Development.

 

USM Corporate Partners is a community of leading organizations committed to building our workforce and region by investing time, resources and talent to build robust partnerships with the University of Southern Maine.