CEO Action Regional Summit Promotes Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Within the Lehigh Valley

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Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking & Connecting Consortium assembles regional CEOs to advance and integrate diversity and inclusive excellence.

BETHLEHEM, PA (January 18, 2021) – Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking & Connecting Consortium (LINC), a non-profit organization that focuses on supporting employers, relocated employees and the community, will host a virtual CEO Action Regional Summit for Inclusive Excellence on February 4 from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. The invitation-only CEO summit will include a keynote address from CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, Lehigh Valley CEOs, and DEI practitioner panels and interactive roundtable discussions.

The exclusive event focuses on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices in leveraging collective voices and recruiting talent that represents our community. The Summit will act as a pathway for DEI initiatives that encourage companies to cross-collaborate for a more inclusive workforce.

“The hiring of a global diverse talent pool as well as the current climate, as a result of the national and international COVID-19 crisis and race relations, highlights the need for companies to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in their business models,” stated Donna Cornelius, CEO and Executive Director of LINC. “The CEO Action Regional Summit seeks to improve D&I discussions and encourage a more inclusive workforce and community. A diverse and vibrant community not only assists with talent recruitment but retention as well.”

Mrs. Shannon Schuyler, Chief Purpose and Inclusion Officer at Price Waterhouse Cooper and Chief Operation Executive for the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, will headline the Summit. Jean- Claude Dubacher, Chairman and CEO of B. Braun Medical, Inc., Dr. John Simon, President of Lehigh University, Julien Sauvagnargues, President of Olympus Corporation of the Americas, Vince Sorgi, President, and CEO of PPL Corp., and Donna Cornelius comprise the interactive CEO discussion panel led by William Spence, former Chairman and CEO at PPL Corp. Spence was one of the first CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ signatories.

The D&I Practitioner Discussion Panel, led by Orville Trout, Executive Vice President Human Resources at Crayola, will feature Mindy Fitzpatrick, Talent Brand at Air Products, Dr. Donald Outing, Chief Diversity Officer of Lehigh University, Kristin Leayman, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Olympus Corporation of the Americas, and Kristine Maciolek Small, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Acquisition at PPL Corp.

Lehigh Valley CEOs interested in attending the summit can register at summit-registration. Each CEO may invite two teammates to join the event. RSVP by January 25 to reserve spots.

About LINC

LINC is a non-profit organization that focuses on supporting employers, relocated employees and the community in matters of partner career, integration assistance and diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit their website.

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Tina Hasselbusch