Racing Towards Diversity Spring 2010 : Page 6

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER The cover of this issue is a tribute to Dr. Dorothy Height, who passed away April 20 at the age of 98. Dorothy was a national treasure and the godmother of the civil rights move- ment in our country. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who fi ghts for fair and equal treatment for all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affi liation. Her lifetime of work and achievements, including receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004 are cel- ebrated inside. While its goals may be clear, the challenges inherent in achieving widespread diversity and inclusion are considerable. Andrés Tapia, chief diversity offi cer with Hewitt Associates, helps us gain important new insights into the complexities involved. His new book “The Inclusion Paradox” is highlighted in our story on page 16 and is a must read for anyone that is committed to taking diversity ef- forts to meaningful new levels. The thoughts and concepts Andrés presents offer a bold new path to consider. Bill Crouch, president of Georgetown College, is the model of a leader who sets the pace for his organization. What Bill has been able to achieve proves that with the right approach, amazing things can happen even in unexpected places. Finally, if the Chamber of Commerce in your area has not yet joined in the effort to diversify businesses and your entire community, then you should share with them a copy of our story on page 12. The Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County (Indiana) is tackling this challenge with a proactive, positive ap- proach. The task is not simple or easy, but the rewards will come from creating a community that keeps and draws exceptional talent because it is seen as being welcoming and inclusive. Whether you believe you must make a difference as an individual, at the com- pany or organization level,or on a community-wide basis — we hope this issue helps you on your race toward diversity. David Ray David Ray is publisher of the South Bend Tribune and is on the board of directors for Schurz Communications. The South Bend Tribune, as publisher of Racing Toward Diversity magazine, endeavors to bring stories and issues about diversity and inclusion to the forefront. As the economy causes many companies to abandon diversity efforts, we will continue to highlight examples of how diversity and inclusion is positively impacting the bottom line. 6 Racing Toward Diversity Magazine www.RacingTowardDiversity.com

Publisher's Letter

The cover of this issue is a tribute to Dr. Dorothy Height, who passed away April 20 at the age of 98.<br /> <br /> Dorothy was a national treasure and the godmother of the civil rights movement in our country. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who fi ghts for fair and equal treatment for all regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affi liation.<br /> <br /> Her lifetime of work and achievements, including receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004 are celebrated inside.<br /> <br /> While its goals may be clear, the challenges inherent in achieving widespread diversity and inclusion are considerable. Andrés Tapia, chief diversity offi cer with Hewitt Associates, helps us gain important new insights into the complexities involved. His new book “The Inclusion Paradox” is highlighted in our story on page 16 and is a must read for anyone that is committed to taking diversity efforts to meaningful new levels. The thoughts and concepts Andrés presents offer a bold new path to consider.<br /> <br /> Bill Crouch, president of Georgetown College, is the model of a leader who sets the pace for his organization. What Bill has been able to achieve proves that with the right approach, amazing things can happen even in unexpected places.<br /> <br /> Finally, if the Chamber of Commerce in your area has not yet joined in the effort to diversify businesses and your entire community, then you should share with them a copy of our story on page 12. The Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County (Indiana) is tackling this challenge with a proactive, positive approach.<br /> <br /> The task is not simple or easy, but the rewards will come from creating a community that keeps and draws exceptional talent because it is seen as being welcoming and inclusive.<br /> <br /> Whether you believe you must make a difference as an individual, at the company or organization level, or on a community-wide basis — we hope this issue helps you on your race toward diversity.

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