AddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Intersection of diversity and business is topic at Rice’s Jones School Oct. 27HOUSTON – (Oct. 17, 2017) – Bringing together leading local business and thought leaders, Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business will host a conference on “Sparking Success: The Intersection of Diversity and Business” at the school’s McNair Hall Oct. 27. The event will provide a forum for dialogue about diversity and inclusion in the business world and will connect people to issues important in today’s workforce.Credit: Shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityThe conference is open to the public; registration is $35. Session themes will include “Attracting and Engaging the Evolving Workforce,” “Championing Women in the C-Suite,” “Inclusive Marketing,” “The Entrepreneurial Mindset” and “Best HR Practices.”What: A conference titled “Sparking Success: The Intersection of Diversity and Business.”Who: Presenters include Donna Sims Wilson, president, Smith Graham and Co. Investment Advisors LP; Holli Ladhani, chairman, president and CEO, Rockwater Energy Solutions; Julio Arrieta, managing director, chief marketing officer, Lopez Negrete Communications; Michael Dillon, vice president, strategy and analytics, Houston Astros; Donna Cole, president and CEO, Cole Chemical; Carla Lane, president of Lane Staffing; and Robert Gaudette, president, NRG Business Solutions.Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, will give welcoming remarks.When: 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.Where: Rice University, McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St. Parking is available in the Central Campus Garage. For directions, see http://business.rice.edu/directions-and-parking.In addition to lunch and a networking reception, the conference will include an interactive workshop on identifying and responding to inclusion issues in the workplace. For a full list of conference speakers and to register, visit https://business.rice.edu/rice-business-diversity-and-inclusion-conference/agenda.Members of the news media who want to attend (free of charge) should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Jones Graduate School of Business via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.