PBN summit: ‘Every conversation is crucial’ in diversity efforts

KEVIN MATTA, center of the stage, head of diversity and inclusion for Thielsch Engineering Inc., leads the discussion among panelists at Providence Business News' 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Summit and Award program at Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Thursday. The other panel members are, from left, Dorca M. Paulino, diversity director for the R.I. Judiciary; Peter Rodriquez, executive director/plant manager for Amgen Rhode Island in West Greenwich; Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation; and Lawrence E. Wilson, managing director at The Wilson Organization. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
KEVIN MATTA, center of the stage, head of diversity and inclusion for Thielsch Engineering Inc., leads the discussion among panelists at Providence Business News' 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Summit and Award program at Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Thursday. The other panel members are, from left, Dorca M. Paulino, diversity director for the R.I. Judiciary; Peter Rodriquez, executive director/plant manager for Amgen Rhode Island in West Greenwich; Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation; and Lawrence E. Wilson, managing director at The Wilson Organization. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
WARWICK – Top-down leadership, organizational involvement, empathy and persistent efforts are essential to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, according to business and diversity leaders who participated in a panel discussion at Providence Business News’ Diversity and Inclusion Summit and Awards program on Thursday.  “We need the CEO, and we also need people…

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