Presentation to detail benefits of work force diversity

If human resources and diversity professionals want to get their organizations behind workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives, they must make a strong business case for them. It’s not enough to simply argue, “It’s the right thing to do.” Professionals must show how these efforts will offer competitive advantages and drive profitability and sustainability.

The Western Colorado Human Resources Association (WCHRA) based in Grand Junction has scheduled a presentation on the benefits of diversity and inclusion as part of its upcoming luncheon meeting. The presentation will teach participants how to leverage the internal policies, practices, processes and programs within their organizations as well as the external environment to build a solid business case for diversity and inclusion. The presentation has been pre-approved for one credit for business management and strategy from the HR Certification Institute.

The meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at Bookcliff Country Club, 2730 G Road in Grand Junction. Admission is $25, $5 for students. Professionals considering membership may attend one lunch program for free. To register or obtain more information, log on to or send an e-mail to

Eric Peterson, manager of diversity and inclusion initiatives for the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), will lead the presentation and present a case on diversity and what it can do for businesses. Peterson brings to his duties more than 10 years of experience in diversity climate and culture programming, diversity education, learning strategies and organizational development. He’s also written essays on diversity and inclusion that have been published in Profiles in Diversity Journal and Echelon Magazine.

The WCHRA extends an invitation to business owners and managers, HR professionals and others to attend the meeting. In addition to the hour-long presentation, the meeting will include lunch and networking opportunities.