6th Annual Town Hall held May 4

The Diversity Collaborative held its sixth annual Town Hall meeting 8-9 a.m., May 4, 2017 at Normandale Lake Office Park, attracting nearly 40 attendees. The purpose of the meeting is to report on 2016 activities, scholarship winners and upcoming events and solicit new volunteers for the 2017 activities.

“We have experienced a significant amount of growth in the last year, with five scholarships awarded in 2016, new volunteers and new community partners,” said Lisa Dongoske, executive vice president-Asset and Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq and one of two founding members. “The Town Hall helped us celebrate these successes and set our plan for the coming year.”

Raymond Vaughn (center) - Ryan Companies, congratulated two recent scholarship winners, Dorcas Gyamerah and Omotola Toe

In addition, Duchesne Drew, vice president - Community Network, Bush Foundation, spoke about his own career and how in his role at the Bush Foundation is similar to the goals of the Diversity Collaborative. At the Bush Foundation and in coordination with Greater MSP, he works to build partnerships with related organizations and coordinate the foundation’s efforts to inspire, equip and connect individuals and organizations in the region to lead change. He encouraged each attendee to look at their own organizations and identify small ways to broaden the discussion about making organizations more diverse.

At the conclusion of the event, attendees broke into subcommittees that manage events, communications and scholarships for the Diversity Collaborative. Volunteers are needed in each committee. Interested volunteers can email the committee leaders to learn more.

If you missed the event, view the complete Town Hall presentation here.

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