Legacy Business Cultures’ managing partner Paul Meshanko will be at Ohio State’s Diversity, Race & Learning Conference on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. This exciting national event will take place at the Fawcett Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio and will bring together some of the top minds in the fields of inclusion and diversity.

Meshanko will be facilitating a break-out session, presenting concepts from his new book, The Respect Effect, which is scheduled to be released next month and will explore the impact of respectful workplaces from the perspectives of neuroscience and organizational development. This interesting and educational presentation will also look at specific strategies for more consistently promoting respect as a core cultural competency.

“Diversity and respect are two of most important elements in a productive and healthy culture within any organization,” Meshanko says, “Employees that engage in respectful behavior are more likely to have higher job satisfaction, better physical health, greater customer satisfaction, and less stress. And when employees are happy, organization productivity, profitability, and resilience increase.”

The conference is run by OSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), whose mission is to “advance an academic excellence agenda and

[advocate] for campus diversity, cultural enrichment, and professional and scholastic equity and inclusion.” The ODI has been helping students at OSU for over 40 years and this is their 18th year hosting the conference.

Keynoting this year’s conference is Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. Dr. Hrabowski has dedicated his life to helping minorities and promoting diversity in education. In 2008, he was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, and in 2009, was named one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents by Time magazine. He holds more than 20 honorary degrees from universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown.