First Annual Workplace Diversity & Leadership Summit

Urban League of Greater Madison takes steps to start changing Madison community

Madison WI. - The Urban League of Greater Madison will be hosting the first annual Workplace Diversity and Leadership Summit & Awards Luncheon at the Monona Terrace on Monday, June 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Workplace Awards Luncheon will recognize area businesses committed to the ideals of workplace diversity.

In 2005, the percentage of African American owned businesses in Dane County was so low that it was considered statistically invalid and therefore not reported by the Census Bureau. Companies attending the conference will learn how to start incorporating diversity plans into their workplace culture and recruitment, hiring, professional advancement and management accountability programs. They will also learn and discuss strategies for expanding employment and leadership opportunities for young professionals and men and women of diversity including LGBT groups across the Greater Madison region in ways that positively impact their business, profits and the community-at-large.

"This annual event is a way to engage Madison area companies in networking and shared learning experiences that specifically focus on the importance of having a more diverse workforce from entry level to executive leadership positions in public, private and nonprofit sector businesses and agencies. We have a lot of talent in and around Madison and we need to start thinking about how to keep this talent in the community while making the work environments here more diverse," said Kaleem Caire, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison.

Two businesses that demonstrate excellence in diversity will be recognized along with one young professional leader. The two keynote speakers of the day will be Renae Murphy, diversity and workplace fairness executive of Coca-Cola North America, and Maria Campbell, director of diversity for SC Johnson. Renae is also a Madison native and graduate of Memorial High School.

This conference is for professionals and companies at all levels including entry level, experienced and seasoned professionals. Over two hundred fifty members of the community are already signed up to attend, if you are interested in attending or for more information on the Annual Workplace Diversity & Leadership Summit and Awards Luncheon please contact Amy Good at

About The Urban League of Greater Madison

The mission of the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) is to eliminate social and economic barriers for African Americans, other people of color, and the economically disadvantaged in Dane County by transforming the Madison community into a place of opportunity, personal and professional growth, prosperity, and success for everyone. They are committed to transforming Greater Madison into the Best [place] in the Midwest for everyone to live, learn, and work. The ULGM is working to make this vision a reality through a comprehensive strategic empowerment agenda that includes programs & services, advocacy, and partnerships & coalition building.