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KeyBank Slates Diversity Thought Leadership Series to Explore Critical Impact on Economic Growth and Humankind

Submitted by: KeyBank

Categories: Business Ethics

Posted: Jan 10, 2005 – 11:00 PM EST


Jan. 10 /CSRwire/ - CLEVELAND - The City Club of Cleveland and sponsor, KeyBank (NYSE: KEY), this year present the 2005 KeyBank Diversity Thought Leadership Series, forums in which renowned corporate leaders and human relations experts will engage area residents and community leaders in aspects of business management and the profound impact inclusive environments have on economic growth and humankind.

For tickets and information, visit or call The City Club at 216-621-0082. Visit the below links to learn more about the following speakers.

  • Spencer R. Crew, PhD. (January 28)
    Executive Director and CEO, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    "Evolution and Work of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center",+National+Underground+Railroad+Freedom+Center%22+&hl=en
  • Anne M. Mulcahy (March 11)
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation
    "International Competitiveness in the Technology Economy"
  • Eduardo R. Menascé (June 10)
    President, Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group
    "Competitive Advantages of Diversity and the Latino Market"
  • Dr. David A. Thomas (September 30)
    Internationally Renowned Scholar and Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
    "The Benefits of an Inclusive Workplace"

    The 2005 KeyBank Diversity Thought Leadership Series is an expansion of what began last year as an internal program at KeyCorp in which a group of internal dialogues engaged the company's senior executives and managers in topical issues important to cultivating inclusive work environments. These internal dialogues will continue this year, with each speaker providing important perspectives relative to Key's business objectives. However, now is the time to broaden the message, according to Margot J. Copeland, executive vice president and director of corporate diversity at KeyCorp.

    "Cleveland has a significant opportunity at its doorstep to enjoy the same business excellence and regional prosperity through multiculturalism that distinguishes truly great communities," says Copeland, who also serves as chair of the Key Foundation. "There's no substitute for the kind of economic, educational and social vitality gained through diversity and inclusion. The variety of voices and viewpoints heard through The City Club of Cleveland make it an ideal arena for exploring pervasive issues important to achieving this kind of success."

    Key is one of 71 area companies that have joined with the Cleveland Commission on Economic Partnerships and Inclusion to help meet inclusion and diversity goals. "We're holding ourselves accountable for ensuring diversity and inclusion at Key," says Copeland, "Bringing people together in a business environment who did not grow up in the same neighborhoods or attend the same places of worship, and collectively leveraging these natural assets and resources, is challenging lifetime work. This is but a microcosm of what we should all be more broadly and collaboratively striving to achieve in our society. An enlightened city is a smart city and, to that end, it's time we start holding ourselves accountable as a community."

    All 2005 KeyBank Diversity Thought Leadership Series speeches will be broadcast live on WCLV 104.9 at 12:30 p.m. and transmitted to The City Club radio network of more than 140 stations around the country. They will also be broadcast by WVIZ ideastream(R) at 10:30 a.m. the following Sunday. More than 400,000 people listen to The City Club Forums each week.

    The City Club of Cleveland
    Established to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, The City Club is the oldest continuous free speech forum in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion. Its mission is to inform, educate and inspire citizens by presenting significant ideas and providing opportunities for dialogue in a collegial setting. For more information about the City Club of Cleveland call 888-223-6786 or visit

    Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $88 billion. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally.

    Note to Editors: For up-to-date company information, media contacts and facts and figures about Key lines of business, visit our Media Newsroom at

  • For more information, please contact:

    Missy S. Toms The City Club of Cleveland
    Phone: 1+216-621-0082
    Phone: 1+216-828-8114


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