Tucson Urban League

1st Annual Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort & Spa
Featuring Keynote Speaker Kevin Carter
5:30pm - Cocktail Reception & Registration
6:00pm – Dinner & Presentation of Awards

The Tucson Urban League is celebrating Equal Opportunity Day to remind our community that the greatness of our country rests upon the principle of equal opportunity for everyone.  The event features a dynamic keynote speaker and the presentation of three awards to corporate and individual leaders who have championed equal opportunity, civil rights, or social justice.  Our EOD event represents the essence of the work that the Urban League does each day to foster economic empowerment - educating and equipping individuals and families with the resources needed to improve their quality of life. Proceeds from the dinner will help enable the Tucson Urban League to serve 15,000 people annually. In 2014, the Equal Opportunity Day event will celebrate a "community for all," recognizing the critical role we all play in creating an inclusive community.


Keynote Speaker

Kevin A. Carter

Kevin A. Carter is the Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) for Ahold USA and its operation companies, and is the Founder of Inclusion Innovates.

The Ahold USA D&I strategy is premised on the notion that the diversity of the company’s associate is an incredible asset to gain insights to better serve its customers and neighbors.  Fostering business resource groups and networks, utilizing collaborative (social) technology, and improving cultural competence are the three enablers of this strategy which he calls D&I 3.0 or Disruptive Inclusion.

Disruptive Inclusion is about proactive recognition and embracing of both the similarities and differences in people with a clear objective of improving organization environments, individual motivation, and ultimately business innovation.  Disruptive Inclusion is a conscious and deliberate effort to inject and foster difference into a teamwork environment for business results. 

Kevin is also the founder of Inclusion Innovates, blogs on Inclusion to Innovation, and is the chair of the Diversity Metrics Workgroup of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Diversity Standards Taskforce.  These initiatives are developing standards and the “new normal” within the diversity and inclusion field.

Kevin has served on several boards including the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), chaired the 1999 NASP Pension Fund Conference, chaired Kaleidoscope Magazine in Cleveland, Ohio from 1995 to 2000 and served as Bureau Chief of the Rainbow/PUSH Cleveland Ninth Street Project, which sparked the creation of the Cleveland Commission on Economic Inclusion.

Mr. Carter holds a BA, Cum Laude in Philosophy and Public Affairs from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Finance from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.  He has been recognized as one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Executives Under 50 and Crain’s Cleveland 40 under 40 Club, received fellowships from the German Marshall Memorial Fund and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and is a recipient of the NBMBAA H. Naylor Fitzhugh Award of Excellence.

On a personal note, Kevin has been married to Geraldine (Gigi) Carter for more than fifteen years.  Gigi serves as the Continuous Improvement Leader, Engineering, for Eaton Aerospace Group and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.  Kevin credits Gigi for having a significant impact on how he approaches the field of diversity.  The couple has three Bull Terriers: Malcolm, Maya and Bree and has led to the creation of Bree’s Bark Park.  

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