Margaret Spence Selected as Keynote Speaker for 2011 Manasota Diversity Conference

Margaret Spence, author of From Workers Comp Claimant to Valued Employee and CEO of Douglas Claims & Risk Consultants, Inc. has been Selected as the Closing Keynote Speaker for the Inaugural Manasota Diversity Conference to be held April 6, 2011.
By: Peggie Campbell
Margaret Spence, President/CEO
Margaret Spence, President/CEO
March 27, 2011 - PRLog -- Margaret Spence, author of From Workers Comp Claimant to Valued Employee and CEO of Douglas Claims & Risk Consultants, Inc. has been selected as the closing keynote speaker for the Inaugural Manasota Diversity Conference. The conference will give business executives the opportunity to discover strategic business value in having a diverse, inclusive and well-balanced workforce. The Manasota Diversity Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the Manatee Convention and Civic Center in Manatee, Florida.

The goal of the conference is to create programs and activities relevant to 21st century life, which means including all races, learning how to use the changes in global demographics as opportunities, learning how to realign strategies to maximize performance and to discover the strategic business value of having a well-balanced, inclusive and diverse workforce.  This is the first diversity conference of its kind in a four-county area: Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto.

Ms. Spence’s presentation: Smart Women Must Take Bold Risk – Defining Diversity and Success for Women Leaders. Her presentation will focus on five core areas: Creating paths to success, moving from the executive room to the board room, using intuition as a guide, defining key role models and giving back. This Jamaican born entrepreneur will interweave her life growing up in the United States while keeping a strong grounded view of her Caribbean heritage. She will outline how the motto of Jamaica, "Out of Many One People" exemplifies how and what diversity should look like. She will also focus on the glass ceiling that exist for women leaders and how we can move around, through and shatter the stereotypical view preventing women from achieving true leadership roles.

Spence says, women business leaders must recognize that they can create their own path – there is still room to be a pioneer. In this economy, complacency and fear cannot be the cornerstone that prevents us from achieving success. We must be flexible, agile and willing to accept the fact that where we start out may not be where we end up. In addition, Margaret adds, “Unless we see success no one else will – we must be comfortable with who we are and our role models have to start with us. When I look in the mirror my role model is looking back at me.”

The Manasota Diversity conference will include 12 educational sessions, sponsored by companies such as Suncoast Workforce, Tidewell Hospice, Fifth Third Bank, State College of Florida, the City of North Port, TV Media Net, the City of Sarasota and the Latino Community Network. Continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded in certain areas such as social services, health services and human resources. The conference will end with a networking reception.

About Margaret Spence:

Margaret Spence, CWC, RMPE - President/CEO of Douglas Claims & Risk Consultants, Inc. and the author of - From Workers' Comp Claimant to Valued Employee. Margaret is a Workers' Compensation Consultant, Speaker and Trainer who ranks among the experts in the field of injury management and return to work implementation. Her speaking topics focus on aligning workers compensation best practices with prudent HR policies. She is an advocate for implementing strategic return to work programs that retain ill and injured employees in the workforce rather than giving them monetary settlements to leave their jobs behind. She founded and had National Return to Work Week added to the calendar in 2009. This week focuses on helping employers embrace the fact that ill, injured and disabled employees can be contributing members of their team. Margaret is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Special Expertise Panel on Employee Health, Safety and Security and a continuing education provider for the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).  Margaret writes and speaks extensively on workers compensation, disability, wellness and strategic organizational leadership. She has been quoted or had articles published in numerous publications including:  HR Florida Magazine, HR Magazine, Workforce Management, American Chronicle, Risk Management Quarterly and National Underwriter Magazine. Her blog – WorkersCompGazette was awarded 2010 Top 25 Workers Compensation Blog by LexisNexis.

About the Manasota Diversity Conference:

The Manasota Diversity Conference is among the most important activities in which we can participate to create a positive, inclusive society.  It is the educating and empowering of our next generation of leaders; enhancing workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities.  The goal of the Manasota Diversity Conference is to create programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It's a journey we can all take together says, Ximena Granada Chair, Latino Community Network – she is also the Conference Chairperson.  - to Register.

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