Lakiesa Cantey Rawlinson, associate director, Department of Campus Life at Clayton State University, has announced the date for the Fourth Annual Diversity and Multicultural Conference. This year’s event, with Judge Glenda Hatchett as the keynote speaker, will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Clayton State Student Activities Center.
The conference is a dynamic and interactive development opportunity that gives participants the essential knowledge and strategies needed to lead and function in a globally-complex society. The 2012 theme is “Building Community Through Diversity.” The conference is free for Clayton State students. The registration fee is $20 for all others, including Clayton State faculty and staff. The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a conference gift. To register, go to the conference website at; http://www.clayton.edu/campus-life/multicultural/conference, by Friday, Sept. 28.
After graduating from Emory University School of Law and completing a clerkship in the U.S. federal courts, Hatchett accepted a position at Delta Air Lines, as the company’s highest-ranking African-American woman. She served in dual roles as a senior attorney for Delta, litigating cases in federal courts throughout the country, and as manager of public relations, supervising global crisis management, and media relations for all of Europe, Asia and the United States.
Her contributions to Delta were recognized by Ebony, which named her one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America.” She eventually made the difficult decision to leave Delta in order to accept an appointment as chief presiding judge of the Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court, becoming Georgia’s first African-American chief presiding judge of a state court and the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country.
Hatchett is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and has been recognized as a distinguished alumni and awarded an honorary degree by the college. Because of her commitment to excellence and service within the community, she was also awarded the Emory Medal, the highest award given to an alum by the university.
Currently, Hatchett presides over the syndicated show, “Judge Hatchett,” currently in its 10th season (Sony Pictures Television), and is the founder of Parent Power Now, the premiere online parenting network. She is also the author of the national best-sellers “Dare to Take Charge” (Center Street) and “Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say” (HarperCollins).
In addition to Hatchett’s keynote, Clayton State students will also be presenting at the conference. Rawlinson has made a call for proposals to the student body, noting, “presenting at the conference is an excellent way to showcase your leadership skills and expand your presentation portfolio.”
For more information regarding the Diversity and Multicultural Conference, contact Rawlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (678) 466-5433.