November 14, 2013

"Now" Is the Best Time to Start Your Diversity Program

HAMDEN, CT – “Now is the best time to start your diversity program”, exclaimed Elizabeth Velez of Velez Organization at last night’s discussion on diversity held by the Connecticut Building Congress.

Donald J. DeFronzo, Commissioner, CT Dept. of Administrative Services, Richard H. Strauss, Executive Director, CT Academy of Science and Engineering, and Alissa DeJonge, VP of Research, Connecticut Economic Resource Center, discussed diversity policy and reviewed findings from Phase 1 of the Disparity Study commissioned by the Connecticut General Assembly. Maggie Snape, Director of Human Resources, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. brought a strategic human resources perspective sharing ideas on tapping females, minorities, and young professionals-even high school students, to cultivate the best and brightest workforce. Elizabeth Velez, President, Velez Organization, representing a successful minority-owned, New York City-based firm shared best practices in the traditionally male-dominated construction industry.
The CBC will hold its December program on December 10th at the United Illuminating Central Facility for a tour by the CBC 2013 Project Team of the Year. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or teen item to donate to its annual Toys-for-Tots collection.

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Attached Photo: Elizabeth Velez, President, Velez Organization discusses diversity best practices with CBC members and guests.

For Immediate Release – November 14, 2013

Contact: Theresa Casey, FSMPS, CPSM
Executive Director
Connecticut Building Congress

Rich Bergan
Marketing Chair
Connecticut Building Congress



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