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Big “I” to Host Free Webinar titled "Not Your Grandfather’s Diversity"

Webinar to address diversity management and tools to help create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 31, 2011 — The Independent Agents & Brokers of America will host a free one hour webinar titled “Not Your Grandfather’s Diversity” on March 31, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

“Our members know their local communities and they recognize the growth opportunities that come with the changing demographics,” says Juan Padron, Big “I” Diversity Task Force chairman and SafeGuard Insurance Agency owner in McAllen, Texas. “The diversity webinar is an effort to put some ready-to-use tools on a silver platter for our members. The tools are coming from an expert on the topic who has dedicated her career to making diversity work for her clients.”

 This webinar is designed to provide a new understanding of diversity management and discuss tools to help create a more diverse and inclusive workplace that can be more responsive to and better positioned to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace.  

TITLE:  “Not Your Grandfather’s Diversity”
PRESENTER: Dr. Elizabeth Holmes, Roosevelt Thomas Consulting SVP & chief learning officer
DATE:   Thursday, March 31, 2011
TIME:   1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
COST:   Free

 Dr. Holmes has more than 30 years of experience in human resource management in diverse industries, including retail, health insurance, banking and computer technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Hampton Institute and an MBA in finance from Golden Gate University. Dr. Holmes received her Ed.D in adult education at Columbia University and her dissertation, “Diversity Management at Work: Using Action Learning to Teach Diversity Management Skills,” reported on a process for incorporating diversity management knowledge and skills into daily work. Dr. Holmes has written a comprehensive book on establishing diversity councils: Diversity Councils: A Blue Print for Success. For more information, click HERE.

 “Minorities, young people and women continue to be underrepresented in our industry and in the independent agency system — particularly among agency principals,” says Madelyn Flannagan, Big “I” vice president of agent development, education and research. “The Diversity Task Force, with its mission of fostering a profitable independent agency force that reflects, represents and capitalizes on the opportunities of the diverse U.S. population, is part of the solution.”

The Diversity Task Force is a cooperative industry group comprised of Big “I” agents and brokers, members of groups representing Latin-American, African-American and Asian-American agents and nine leading insurance companies.

  Founded in 1896, IIABA is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:


​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556

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