The  POWER Among Us
American Conference on Diversity Valuing Diversity, Educating Leaders, Promoting Respect 

Summer 2017 
Dear Diversity & Inclusion Advocate,

Tackling the rising tide of hate occuring within our diverse communities is a critical mission at the American Conference 
on Diversity. That's why we kicked off the year with a #NoHateNJ Town Hall at Kean University, featuring keynote speaker Lecia Brooks (Director of Outreach at Southern Poverty Law Center), thought-provoking panel discussions, a Q&A session, and D&I resources. Watch the video .
OUR COMMUNITY S tep in the Right Direction
Diversity Stride Walk at Liberty State Park

With the surge in hate threatening immigrants, women, LGBTQ people, and other marginalized groups, participation in our community rally for social justice has never been more important! Join change agents across the nation on  Sunday, June 25 (10:30 am), at the 17th annual Diversity Stride Walk to raise funds in support of diversity education programs that promote respect and understanding. Enjoy a family fun day, with music, entertainment, and light refreshment. What's more, you don't have to live in the tri-state area to join Diversity Stride. You can start a virtual fundraising team anywhere in the US! 
Click here to register. 


Watch the 2016 Diversity Stride Walk
Higher Education Annual Conference 
The 17th Annual Statewide "Diversity Issues in Higher Education" conference will be held on Friday, November 17 (9:30 am to 3 pm), at the Berkeley College campus in Woodland Park, NJ. It is the premier event within the tri-state area addressing critical diversity challenges in academia, the community, and the workplace, The event will include dynamic speakers and diversity-focused breakout sessions for attendees from corporate America, HR and career advancement, education, the nonprofit and government sectors as well as the general public. Registration rates: $65 (general public)/$35 (for students). Registration includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, email us.

OUR WORKPLACES  Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Networking Fundraiser
Right to left: Meghan Hunscher, Executive Director, Morris County Economic Development Corp.; Realogy's Fred Schmidt; ACOD's Elizabeth Williams-Riley; Tom Hayes, ACOD Board of Trustees Co-Chair and Director, Customer & Community Relations, New Jersey Natural Gas

The American Conference on Diversity will host the 2017 Commercial Real Estate Networking Reception and Awards Ceremony on October 4
(11:30 am to 1:30 pm), at 
Mayfair Farms  in West Orange, NJ. During this annual event, which will include commercial real estate developers, brokers, corporate leaders, architect firms, and law professionals, we will present the Commercial Real Estate Industry Humanitarian Award to George D. Sowa, Founding CEO of Greater Trentonfor his outreach and inclusion efforts within the industry. Greater Trenton is a nonprofit organization that uses private funding and a network of collaborative relationships to advance economic revitalization efforts in the state's capital city. Our 2016 award honoree was Realogy, a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage with many of the best-known industry brandsTickets, sponsorships, and advertising opportunities for this benefit are available. Please contact Roseann Martinez at JM Creative Enterprises at

OUR PARTNERS New Friends & Faces 
Join us in welcoming our new Associate Administrator 
Gloria McDonald ( top left ), 
Board of Trustees Advisory Board Member Rhonda M. Figueroa
(bottom right) and several community partners, i ncluding Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino, a graduate of our Lead for Diversity Institute (top right, center), GLSEN Central New Jersey, and OIC of America/Career and Academic Development Institute, an educational institution that's changing the lives of under-credited youth in Philadelphia. Interested in becoming a strategic partner and/or joining our Board Advisory Team? Contact us at

In This Issue
To Make a Difference 
Lead for Diversity Corporate Volunteer Day

Engage with youth leaders this summer and j oin us on
Thursday, July 13
( 9 am to 2 pm) ,
during "Corporate Volunteer Day" at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry, PA. Witness the powerful impact of the Lead for Diversity Institute, participate in activities, and enjoy lunch with student delegates. Space is limited. A  $75   registration fee covers round-trip transportation of each volunteer and lunch.
This is an excellent opportunity for employee-resource groups and emerging corporate leaders. Registration deadline: June 30.  For details and to register, call 732-377-2081. 

Developing Inclusive-Minded Leaders  
Stirring. Impactful. Thoughtful. Disarming. Engaging. Uncomfortable (in a good way). These are some of the words used by participants of our workplace diversity and leadership development training programs to describe their experience. 

Through experiential learning, participants gain the information, knowledge, and skills that go beyond traditional D&I trainings to help their organizations grow. Interested in arranging for the American Conference on Diversity to work with your team or organization? Learn more and contact us at 732-377-2081 today.

Raising Funds  for Youth at the Humanitarian Awards Gala

"Lead for Diversity is closer to my heart than  any program I've ever participated in. It has helped shape me into the person I am today. It gave a space and voice when I didn't know that I deserved to have one. It provided the opportunity for me and others to be our true selves. I am a better person because my eyes, heart, and mind have been opened to the injustice that is occurring in this world. This program saves lives; it saved mine 13 years ago," writes K, a LFD grad-turned-longtime counselor, in a letter shared with the hundreds of corporate and community leaders who attended our 69th Humanitarian Awards Gala. The event, which honored six outstanding D&I leaders in April, helps provide scholarships for students and schools throughout New Jersey and New York to participate in our LFD 
Institute. LFD is needed now more than ever to prepare youth for today's workplace and to deal with issues of hate that our nation currently faces. G raduates have the capacity to reach 20,000 students in our school districts each year through their Action Plans. 

►  If you were unable to attend the awards gala, you can still pledge your support to help fight bias, bigotry, and hate. Click  here t o make your donation.
►  MISSED our 2017 Awards Fundraiser? Watch the slide show here .

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