Friday, May 28, 2004

Forum to focus on workplace race relations



By Justin Fenton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Procter & Gamble's highest-ranking woman and the publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer will headline the Fifth National Black Career Women Diversity Forum this fall, joining seven other nationally known speakers in discussing race relations in today's workplace.

The two-day forum, Can We Talk?, is Sept. 16 and 17 at the Cincinnati Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Susan E. Arnold is vice chair of Procter & Gamble's global beauty care division. She oversees skin care, personal cleansing, deodorants, cosmetics, fine fragrance and feminine care businesses that represent several billion dollars in worldwide sales.

Arnold was named one of Fortune magazine's 500 Most Powerful Women in 2002.

Enquirer Publisher and President Margaret Buchanan took the paper's helm in May, 2003 after serving in the same position with two other Gannett Co. Inc. newspapers, The Idaho Statesman in Boise and Star-Gazette in Elmira, N.Y. Buchanan began her newspaper career at the Enquirer in 1986.

Also speaking at Can We Talk?:

• Recently inaugurated University of Cincinnati President Nancy Zimpher, built a reputation as a civic trailblazer who raised the profile of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she served as chancellor for six years.

• California attorney Angela Oh.

• Graciela Eleta, vice president of multicultural business development for Procter & Gamble.

• Texas Psychological Association President Melba Vazquez.

• Red-Horse Securities Chairman Valerie Redhorse.

• Janet E. Helms, director of Boston College's Institute for the Study & Promotion of Race and Culture.

• Kesho Scott, a cultural competency trainer from Virginia.

Black Career Women is a national organization based in Cincinnati that identifies and addresses the needs of black women in the work force, specifically advancement and achievement.

Registration for Can We Talk? is $250 per person. For more information, visit www.bcw.org.

E-mail jfenton@enquirer.com.




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