National Center President and CEO Gary Davis: Corporate Diversity Is Essential for American Business

National Center President and CEO Gary Davis (R) is pictured with U.S. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo (L) during the White House Briefing on Diversity in Corporate America.

National Center President and CEO Gary Davis (R) is pictured with U.S. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo (L) during the White House Briefing on Diversity in Corporate America.

Gary “Litefoot” Davis to participate in diversity discussions in the White House and Charlotte, North Carolina

Published April 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) President and CEO Gary Davis participated in a White House Briefing on Diversity in Corporate America. The briefing brought together leading corporate professionals, thought leaders, and business organizations to outline current research, tools, and innovative approaches that employers and advocates are deploying in their communities to facilitate change. Tennis great Billie Jean King delivered opening remarks for the event. The National Center advocated for diversity and inclusion of the American Indian community at the briefing.

On Thursday, Davis will be a panelist The Institute’s Executive Networking Conference, taking place in Charlotte, NC. The panel is titled “Diversity Strengthens the Business Enterprise Strategy” and includes representatives from the Asian-American, African-American, and Latino communities. It will be moderated by Joset Wright-Lacy, President of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Based in Durham, NC, The Institute is a nonprofit management consulting and services firm focused on business diversity. The National Center will be providing the sole voice of the American Indian community at the conference.

“Corporate diversity is essential for strengthening American business, but too often these vital conversations simply aren’t taking place at high levels,” said Davis. “I appreciate President Obama and the White House, as well as the Institute, for elevating corporate diversity through two very important events. The National Center is honored to share its perspective about the progress being made across Indian Country – and how the American Indian community can become even more essential to the success of American businesses.”

In two weeks, Davis will take the National Center’s message abroad when he participates in Hannover Messe in Hannover, Germany. Davis will be a part of the U.S. delegation to the World’s largest industrial trade fair. The delegation is being led by President Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. This is the first year the U.S. is a partner country for the fair.

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