UNA-NY Co-Sponsors Two Panels on
Women and Diversity Partnerships



On March 3, the United Nations Association of New York co-sponsored two parallel panel discussions, as part of the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, held this year by the UN from February 22 to March 4.

The first panel, Women in Technology: The Past, Present, and Strategies for the Future, covered the priority theme of the conference — the access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work.  

This was followed after a short break by a second panel, Diversity and Inclusion: Strengthening Partnerships Between the Business Sector and NGOs. The goal of this panel discussion was to present model practices, trends and collaborative efforts by the business sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) — to promote diversity and inclusion; to present certain challenges and how these could be solved moving forward; and to emphasize both the distinct and collaborative roles each plays in the promotion of global diversity and inclusion.

These events were organized by the Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN) and are co-sponsored by UNA-NY; World Diversity Leadership Summit (WDLS) and Hitachi Data Systems.

Registration was free and open to the public.



PANEL 1

WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY
The Past, Present, and Strategies for the Future

Thursday, March 3, 2011
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission Conference Hall
221 East 52nd Street, New York, NY


Panel Speakers

Stephanie Alarcon
HIVE 76, Board Member
UPenn Library System, UNIX SysAdmin

Leslie Chapman
GuideWorks LLC/Comcast Corporation, Senior Software Engineer/Team Leader

Lisa Dearborn
Hitachi Data Systems, Vice President, Diversity, College Programs, and Communications

Christina Dunbar-Hester
Rutgers University, Professor of Journalism & Media Studies, School of Communication & Information

LeAnn Erickson
Temple University, Documentary Filmmaker, Professor of Film and Media Arts

Tracey Welson-Rossman
Chariot Solutions, Co-founder
TechGirlz.org, Co-founder
phillystartupleaders.org, Founding Board Member



PANEL 2

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Strengthening Partnerships Between the Business Sector and NGOs

Thursday, March 3, 2011
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission Conference Hall
221 East 52nd Street, New York, NY

Douglas Freeman, Founder, World Diversity Leadership Summit and CEO of Virtcom Consulting will give the Opening Remarks


Panel Speakers

Rebekah Steele
Research In Motion (RIM), Global Diversity Strategist
designer and manufacturer of the award-winning Blackberry smartphone

Bruce Knotts
Unitarian Universalist - United Nations Office, Executive Director
NGO Committee on Human Rights, Chair

Lisa Dearborn
Hitachi Data Systems, Vice President, Diversity, College Programs, and Communications

Chevalier "Chevy" Cleaves
Boston Scientific Corporation, Vice-President for Global Diversity and Inclusion