2016 Diversity Conference

Presented by the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center

Monday, April 4, 2016
Catamount Country Club
1400 Mountain View Rd
Williston, VT

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Conference Objective

The Conference will explore the challenges and possibilities that are faced in the workplace today. We will also seek to explore the leadership roles that are exercised as we try to empower ourselves and our communities of color. The speakers will include public intellectuals and scholars who are able to address diversity and inclusion.


8:00 Registration

Harvey-Alston-portrait-sq9:00 Opening Keynote
Harvey Alston
Nationally Recognized Motivational Speaker

9:30 Panel: Refugee & Minority Health
Dr. Andrea Green, UVM Children’s Hospital
Martha Friedman, Office of Minority Health, Vermont Department of Health
Bidur Dahal, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila, UVM Dept. of Pediatrics
Moderated by Denise Lamoureux, State Refugee Coordinator

11:00 Panel: Opiate & Addiction, Diverse Perspectives
Jeremy Lee MacKenzie
Raul Rodriguez
Bryan Phillips
Moderated by Hon. T.J. Donovan, Chittenden Co. State’s Attorney

Stephen-Benjamin-portrait-sq12:30 Lunch Speaker
Stephen Benjamin
Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina

1:30 Panel: Diversity in the Workplace
Dr. Lacretia Flash, UVM
Dr. Ken Palm, Colchester Dental Group
Robert Appel, Burlington Attorney
Moderated by Ame Lambert, Chief Diversity Officer, Champlain College

Aaron-Johnson-portrait-sq3:00 Closing Speaker
Aaron Johnson
14 year old Entrepreneur, Author, Award Winning Film Maker, Motivational Speaker, and Talk Show Host

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Registration & Contact

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Registration info: Delaney Meeting & Event Management, 865-5202, info@delaneymeetingevent.com.

Conference info: 657-4219, info@gbmrc.org

Sponsored By

  • Church Street Marketplace
  • United Way of Chittenden County
  • KeyBank
  • People’s United Bank
  • Peace & Justice Center
  • Vermont Department of Labor


The Mission of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center (GBMRC) is to increase awareness and provide opportunities to celebrate, promote and support cultural diversity within our community. The GBMRC acts as a clearing house for information on multicultural and diversity issues. It provides support and resources for individuals, schools, social service organizations and other Vermont and government supported programs. To learn more about the range of services the GBMRC offers, click here.