Move Ahead…Move Forward…Move Up with Multiculturalism!
I am pleased to announce that our November 3rd Multicultural Conference registration is NOW OPEN. This is our 10th conference since 2008 and we are proud to have our 13+ sponsors onboard. This includes our host sponsors, UMass Boston and the Commonwealth Compact.
10th Multicultural Conference
Thursday November 3, 2016
University of Massachusetts Student Center - Alumni Lounge
8am to 3pm
High Impact Networking. Bring your Business Cards.
Our theme for the conference is “Innovation Interconnection Impact.” Those concepts are essential to expanding our goal of advancing multiculturalism, global diversity and inclusion throughout our country and the world.
We will kick off our morning with a compelling message from the President and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce James Rooney. Up next will be an engaging and though provoking Distinguished Panel, moderated by the Massachusetts President of People’s United Bank, Patrick Sullivan.
In the afternoon our luncheon keynote speaker is a rising star and Senior Vice President and Regional Manager at Eastern Bank, Roxann Cooke.
Special Thanks To Dr. Keith Motley, Chancellor or UMass Boston, who will bring a special welcome message during the conference.
Back by popular demand are the highly interactive conference Roundtable Discussions featuring several of the region’s leading advocates who will address diversity and multiculturalism from their own areas of expertise.
It’s a Multicultural Conference designed with YOU in mind where you can learn more and implement new ideas and techniques as soon as you return to work.
Registration is $125 per person through September 30th. On or after October 1st, registration increases to $175. Register Early and Save!!!!
The Multicultural Symposium Series (MSS) is a face to face, online, and broadcasting endeavor designed to further the advancement of worldwide multiculturalism and global diversity. This upcoming conference is a signature event of MSS.
There are several SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for companies who believe in supporting African American led initiatives like the Multicultural Symposium Series.
Call us at 508 947-5755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
This will be a golden opportunity for YOU to connect with regional, local and world leaders all advancing the cause of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion.
The ideal event for organizational leaders to BRING YOUR TEAM to the conference and demonstrate YOUR commitment to multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion.www.mssconnect.com
Affordable. Engaging. Action-Oriented.
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-Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP, CITM
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The Summer Olympics are always fascinating to me. And this year is no exception. Two Hundred and Six Nations. Thousands of athletes whose number one dream is to take home the GOLD.
Today will look at the facts, figures and lessons learned as the Summer Olympics continue to play out in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
History of the Olympics
According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC. They were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia. They continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius decreed in 393 A.D. that all such "pagan cults" be banned.
Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games, is in the western part of the Peloponnese which, according to Greek mythology, is the island of "Pelops", the founder of the Olympic Games. Imposing temples, votive buildings, elaborate shrines and ancient sporting facilities were combined in a site of unique natural and mystical beauty. Olympia functioned as a meeting place for worship and other religious and political practices as early as the 10th century B.C. The central part of Olympia was dominated by the majestic temple of Zeus, with the temple of Hera parallel to it.
THE GAMES AND RELIGION
The Olympic Games were closely linked to the religious festivals of the cult of Zeus, but were not an integral part of a rite. Indeed, they had a secular character and aimed to show the physical qualities and evolution of the performances.
When he announced in Paris, on a winter's evening in 1892, the forthcoming re-establishment of the Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin was applauded, but nobody at the time imagined the scale of the project entailed by reviving the ancient Olympic Games, appointing a committee in charge of organising them and creating an international movement. The IOC was created on 23 June 1894; the 1st Olympic Games of the modern era opened in Athens on 6 April 1896; and the Olympic Movement has not stopped growing ever since. The Olympic Movement encompasses organisations, athletes and other persons who agree to be guided by the principles of the Olympic Charter. Its composition and general organisation are governed by Chapter 1 of the Charter. The Movement comprises three main constituents:
The IOC: The Supreme Authority of the Movement
The International Federations (IFs): these are international non-governmental organisations administering one or several sports at world level and encompassing organisations administering such sports at national level (More information about IFs).
The National Olympic Committees: their mission is to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in their respective countries. The NOCs are the only organisations that can select and designate the city which may apply to organise Olympic Games in their respective countries. In addition, they alone can send athletes to the Games. (More information about NOCs)
The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination or any kind, in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
The Olympic Movement is defined also by the numerous activities in which it engages, such as:
Promoting sport and competitions through the intermediary of national and international sports institutions worldwide.
Cooperation with public and private organisations to place sport at the service of mankind.
Assistance to develop "Sport for All”.
Advancement of women in sport at all levels and in all structures, with a view to achieving equality between men and women.Help in the development of sport for all.
Opposition to all forms of commercial exploitation of sport and athletes.
The fight against doping.
Promoting sports ethics and fair play.
Raising awareness of environmental problems.
Financial and educational support for developing countries through the IOC institution Olympic Solidarity.
THE OLYMPIC CHARTER
The Olympic Charter is the codification of the Fundamental Principles, Rules and Bye-laws adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It governs the organisation and running of the Olympic Movement and sets the conditions for the celebration of the Olympic Games.
"Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.”
WHY ARE THE OLYMPICS HELD EVERY FOUR YEARS?
To respect the ancient origins of the Olympic Games, which were held every four years at Olympia.
The four-year interval between the Ancient Games editions was named an “Olympiad”, and was used for dating purposes at the time: time was counted in Olympiads rather than years.
In 1894, Pierre de Coubertin launched his plan to revive the Olympic Games, and in 1896 the first Games of the modern era were held in Athens. Today, an Olympiad begins on the first of January of the first year and ends on the thirty-first of December of the fourth year.
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