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Discussing the challenges and opportunities that people of color face in navigating the workplace

The challenges and opportunities that people of color face in navigating the workplace will be the subject of a panel discussion for Wheaton students, alumnae/i, faculty and staff.

The discussion, "When the Game Changes: Opportunities & Challenges for People of Color in the Workplace," will be led by Elaine Brown '77, P'07, co-author of the forthcoming The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women, and James S. Hoyte, former Associate Vice President for Equal Opportunity Programs, Harvard University.

The panel discussion and open forum will be held in the Dance Studio in the Balfour-Hood Campus Center on Saturday, February, 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. It is free open to all Wheaton students, alumnae/i, faculty and staff.

The two panelists, members of the Wheaton College Board of Trustees, bring considerable experience to the discussion. Brown won two Emmy awards in her work as a vice president for HBO. Her most recent book, The Little Black Book of Success, co-written with Marsha Haygood and Rhonda Joy McLean, is slated for publication in March 2010 by One World/Ballantine books. She also is the author of two novels, Lemon City (2004) and Playing by the Rules (2006).

Hoyte, who recently retired as the assistant to the president and an associate vice president for Harvard, has had a long, distinguished career as an attorney, public official and lecturer. He worked as a counsel and an officer for Arthur D. Little and held several posts in state government, including secretary for environmental affairs (1983-89). In addition to serving on Wheaton's board, he serves on the Boston Advisory Board for the Posse Foundation.

The panel discussion and open dialogue will be followed by a networking reception and appearances by Wheaton’s gospel and R&B and step dance groups, Voices United to Jam and Soul.

The event is co-sponsored by the Alumnae/i Association, the President’s Action Committee on Inclusive Excellence, and the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Office of Alumnae/i Relations & Annual Giving by telephone (508-286-8207) or email (alumnaei@wheatoncollege.edu)

Followed immediately by a networking reception and appearances by

Wheaton’s Gospel and R&B and step dance groups, Voices United to Jam and Soul

To let us know if you will attend, please call or email Sharon Howard in the office of

Alumnae/i Relations & Annual Giving at Wheaton:  508-286-8207 or showard@wheatonma.edu

(Co-sponsored by the Alumnae/i Association, the President’s Action Committee on Inclusive Excellence,

and the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning)