Through Working Families Initiative, Bauer College Connects Industry, Academia For Discussion on Leveraging and Meeting Needs of Diverse Workforce
As the number of families that include two working parents grows — from an average 4 of 10 in 1970 to more than 6 of 10 now — the C. T. Bauer College of Business is examining how businesses can leverage a workforce that has more diverse needs than ever.
On July 26, through the Working Families Initiative, Bauer College will host “Practices That Pay,” a panel discussion representing academia and industry with conversation covering best practices for working families, how companies have implemented flexible policies and what impact a diverse workforce can have on a business’s bottom line.
“This issue is not just one of doing the right thing,” Dean Latha Ramchand said. “Creating workplaces that effectively leverage talent diversity is critical to the success of organizations.”
Date: July 26, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Classroom & Business Building, Room 330 (University of Houston Main Campus)
Ramchand added: “Corporate America is more appreciative today of the fact that the best organizations are those that empower men, women and working families to succeed in the workplace, but the reality does not yet match the rhetoric.”
Panelists for the event will be announced in early July and are set to include representatives from academia and a range of sectors across industry, sharing practices being considered and adopted by businesses that have an impact and can create change in the workplace, including flexible work and leave environment and other initiatives that support working families.
The July 26 panel is the first event for Bauer College’s Working Families Initiative, established in 2015 after Ramchand represented the college as a signatory to a set of best practices originally created by a workgroup of the Council of Economic Advisors in Washington, D.C., and adopted by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Led by Bauer College Board member and alumna Elizabeth Killinger, who is president of NRG Retail and Reliant, the Working Families Initiative includes faculty, staff and business leaders.
“As an institution of learning, we believe we can effect change through research, learning and community impact,” Ramchand said. “Our goal is to increase awareness, and more importantly, to create change that will help organizations to develop workplaces that effectively leverage the talent they have and need.”
Registration for the July 26 event is $25 ($40 at the door) and includes lunch and parking validation. Click here to register.
By Jessica Navarro & Amanda Sebesta