U.S. Ambassador Liliana Ayalde and São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad also deliver remarks
The U.S. Consulate General in Sao Paulo, in partnership with the Sao Paulo Municipal Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), sponsored the São Paulo Diverso forum for inclusive economic development at the Carrefour Institute. The goal of the event was to encourage discussion between the public and private sector about how to foster greater inclusion of historically excluded groups and promote economic growth.
Human Resources professionals were invited to the Fórum to discuss themes such as social and economic development and organizational behavior. These leaders highlighted new ideas, strategies and tools to manage diversity in companies. Among the participants were Lais Abramo, director of the International Work Organization (IWO), Samuel Santos, VP of R&D of Consumers for Johnson & Johnson – Latin America, Monica Santos, HR Chief of Google Latin America, Hélio Santos, president of Baobá – Fund to the Racial Equity and John Lewis, Global Director for Diversity of The Coca-Cola Company.
United States Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde in her remarksemphasized the importance of education to the theme of social inclusion and asked that the private sector do more to encourage a diverse workforce. “Inclusion goes beyond racial matters. It means capturing the strength of the diversity,” said the Ambassador.
Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad, Minister for the Politics and Promotion of Racial Equality Luiza Bairros, Secretary of SMPIR Antonio da Silva Pinto, the representative of IDB in Brazil, Daniela Carrera Marquis, the President of ETHOS Institute, Jorge Abrahão and the President of Carrefour, Charles Desmartis, also participated in the event.
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