ATLANTA / LAS VEGAS / HIGH POINT, N.C. — International Market Centers will present a webinar series next month highlighting diversity and inclusion issues impacting retail.
The series will be presented with the nonprofit Diversify Retail Inc., an organization dedicated to conversation, self-reflection and strategies to increase diversity in all areas of retail.
“As diversity and inclusion continues to be an issue for our society-at-large, we hope this webinar creates a forum for ideas that will improve inclusiveness and representation in our industry,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC’s chief customer and marketing officer.
The series will consist of four one-hour sessions. During Diversity in Retail Part One and throughout the series, Diversify Retail Inc. founder DeAnna McIntosh will discuss the importance of diversity for retail stores, give insight into what companies are doing to combat inequality and provide a deeper look into best practices in diversity and inclusion.
The first webinar, which is presented by Atlanta Apparel, Atlanta Market, Las Vegas Market and IMC High Point Market, takes place on Monday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. (EST) on IGTV via Atlanta Apparel’s Instagram page.
McIntosh launched Diversify Retail Inc. in 2020 following the murder of George Floyd and the awakening of retail companies to their own lack of diversity. The organization is dedicated to increasing representation of people of color in the retail industry through driving economic empowerment, financial sustainability and community building.
Last June, IMC created a Diversity and Inclusion Network, an internal taskforce with four primary goals: create community for diverse professionals at IMC; develop programming and forums addressing diversity, inclusion, human rights and social justice; implement policy changes at IMC supporting diversity and equal opportunities for advancement; and provide a platform for thought leadership in the gift, home furnishings and apparel industries.
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