Access & Opportunity: A Regional Conversation

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Access & Opportunity: A Regional Conversation

Vera Cornish

In January 2015, the topic of discussion during the MLK Business Breakfast focused on one question: Is there a break in the career pipeline as it relates to diversity and inclusion? The obvious answer was yes! By the end of the discussion, attendees requested a yearlong convening of decision makers in business, education, government and community. Why convene decision makers? Because they can take action immediately in their organizations and spheres of influence!


Access & Opportunity: A Regional Discussion

On January 18, 2016, the Access & Opportunity Breakfast launched in Harrisburg with a career fair immediately following the discussion. It is now 2017 and on Tuesday, October 10, the second year of a four-city tour, which included Harrisburg, Lancaster, York and Hershey, will culminate once again in Hershey.

The series remains committed to convening decision makers that are engaging in strategic initiatives focused on recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse talent pool and workforce. Creating a paradigm of inclusion based on best practices and collaboration that supports economic development was and will continue to be fundamental to the discussions.

I express my sincere gratitude to all the companies and individuals that have invested time and resources in this initiative! To everyone reading this article, I ask you to take action and go to I wish to thank the Dauphin County Commissioners for underwriting the development of this site.

Special Announcement:

The January 15, 2018 Access & Opportunity Breakfast & Career Fair commemorating the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will move to the Dixon University Center, home of the Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

Thank you to Dr. Peter Garland, Executive Vice Chancellor, for his continued commitment to Access & Opportunity and to the companies that gave their input on this decision.

See You In Hershey! The speakers for this powerful regional conversation are:

Jeff Haste, Chairman, Dauphin County Commissioners; Andrew Helmer, Vice President of Human Resources at Hershey® Entertainment & Resorts; Dr. Vilas A. Prabhu, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Millersville University; and Shileste Overton Morris, MPA, Director Center for Schools and Communities

Join us in reframing and repositioning the brand identity of Central Pennsylvania as it relates to the recruitment and retention of a diverse talent pool and workforce.

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