Greetings from the Founder of the National Diversity Council, Dennis Kennedy

Dennis Kennedy

As founder of the National Diversity Council, I would like to welcome you to the fourth and final edition of the 2012 DMV Diversity Council Newsletter. As the winter holidays approach, I invite you to look back on all our events and programs from this past year, and join us at our upcoming holiday mixers, in order to learn how you can become more involved with the council's work in 2013. A highlight from the DM Diversity Council's work in 2012 includes our Women in Leadership Symposium held in Washington D.C. Hundreds of professionals attended in order network and share diversity best practices. In addition, participants heard and learned about the importance and necessity of diversity and inclusion from our panel of executive women speakers. They highlighted the benefits of a diverse workforce while sharing additional leadership advice geared towards helping attendees pursue their own career goals and successfully rise to the top. Our Women in Leadership Symposium serves as a sample of the many tremendous events held in DMV during 2012. I encourage you to visit our website at www.nationaldiversitycouncil.org/post-event-timeline-dmv-2012/, for a full overview of all our activities from this past year. Thank you for taking the time to read our publication, and for supporting diversity and inclusion in 2012. We have made many strides this past year in breaking down barriers and continuing to cultivate an environment where everyone is valued for their uniqueness. An array of challenges remain, however, and so I hope you will join us in 2013, as we continue on our mission to promote diversity and inclusion in DMV's businesses and communities. Happy holidays.

Sincerely, Dennis Kennedy