Goizueta Business School and Kimberly Clark will host the 7th Annual 2012 Diverse Leadership Conference Friday, Feb.  24, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The conference, “The Year of Global: Bridging Diverse Perspectives, Cultures and People” will be held at the business schools and other locations on campus.

U.S. Congressman John Lewis is the keynote speaker.

Born the son of sharecroppers on Feb. 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Ala., Lewis grew up on his family’s farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama. As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts. In those pivotal moments, he made a decision to become a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Ever since then, he has remained at the vanguard of progressive social movements and the human rights struggle in the United States.


Bill Hague, Executive Vice President AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets opening the event.

The conference  will also feature a “Managing Across Cultures”  seminar facilitated by William Cruz, President of TCB Consulting. This illuminating presentation brings to light the differences in leadership, communication and conflict styles across cultures and how these differences can cause misperceptions, misinterpretations leading to misunderstanding in the workplace.