CITYCARES ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON DIVERSITY

CITYCARES ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON DIVERSITY

Florida Governor Jeb Bush and USA Freedom Corp Director John Bridgeland to Speak


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Miami, FL-(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–February 25, 2003–CityCares will hold its annual leadership conference from February 26 through March 2 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The conference will be hosted by Hands On Miami, an affiliate in the CityCares ne
twork. Set against the multicultural backdrop of Miami, the conference theme, “The Mosaic of Service: Discovering Strength Through Diversity,” will build upon CityCares’ mission of transforming people and communities through volunteer service and civic engagement, and will also explore how to enhance the volunteer experience through diversity. Some of the featured speakers at this year’s conference include Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Miami Beach Mayor David Dermer, the Director of USA Freedom Corps, John Bridgeland, and mural artist/attorney and activist Xavier Cortada.

CityCares is an innovative, international alliance of volunteer organizations that are building communities through service and civic engagement. The leadership conference will provide attendees with “lessons learned” and best practices through workshops and lectures from the front lines of community service. Some of the diverse workshop and seminar leaders include:

–Dale Asis, Director, Coalition of African, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois

–Pedro “Joe” Greer Jr., M.D., Medical Director, Camillus Health Concern – his concern for those without access to health care has fueled the creation of various free clinics for the homeless, undocumented, migrant and poor of Miami.

–Juan Johnson, Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company, President, Diversity Leadership Academy

Classes and workshops will cover a variety of topics, including programs, governance, communications, marketing, fundraising, and operations. Those interested in innovative models for community engagement and effective volunteer management can register to attend. In addition, The American Institute for Managing Diversity, an organization built on the groundbreaking research of Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas Jr., a foremost authority on diversity management, will be partnering with CityCares at the conference. Highlights of the conference include:

–Governor Jeb Bush – will discuss how community and business partnerships can work together with state government to better the lives of families in Florida

–USA Freedom Corps director John Bridgeland – will discuss President Bush’s Call to Service and the remarkable progress made during their first year to enable more individuals to engage in volunteer service

–Michelle Nunn – President of CityCares, and Executive Director of Hands on Atlanta (a CityCares affiliate)

–Capoiera dancers

The primary sponsors of this year’s conference and national partners of CityCares are The Coca-Cola Company, The UPS Foundation, and The Starwood Foundation, the philanthropic trust of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Other sponsors include: Accenture, AOL Time Warner, AT&T, USA Network, Bright Sky Learning, Levi Strauss, Office Depot, Burger King, the Miami Beach Convention Center, and the City of Miami Beach.

About CityCares

CityCares supports an innovative alliance of volunteer organizations that are building communities through service and civic engagement. With proven models for successful civic engagement, CityCares develops entrepreneurial strategies for bridging community resources and needs. In 2002 alone, CityCares affiliates delivered measurable community impact by mobilizing more than 300,000 volunteers to participate in over 33,000 flexible, individual and team based service projects, totaling over 1.2 million hours served. There are 31 CityCares affiliates in the United States and one in the Philippines, as well as 13 partner organizations in the United Kingdom that have replicated the CityCares model. For more information about CityCares, please visit www.CityCares.org or call (404) 875-7334.

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CONTACT:

Emil Runge

CityCares

(404) 879-2761

CITYCARES ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON DIVERSITY