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56th annual Economic Outlook Conference
Time: 9:30am
Location: Rackham Amphitheater
Conference: 56th annual Economic Outlook Conference
This year's conference will feature national and state economic forecasts by experts from around the country. Presentations begin each morning at 9:30 a.m.

Dates: November 20, 2008 - November 21, 2008

Location: Rackham Building, Amphitheater (more info)

Sponsored by: Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics

Phone: 764-2567



Leveraging the Power of Diversity
Friday, November 21st: Leveraging the Power of Diversity

Please mark your calendars for the second segment of "Leveraging the Power of Diversity: Global and Domestic Perspectives," a series that examines the convergence of global and domestic diversity challenges across organizations and communities. For more information about the series, see

Both events will occur in the Founders Room of the Alumni Center, located at 200 Fletcher.

1-2:15 p.m. Extraordinary Organizational Performance Through Diversity: Professor Scott Page, University of Michigan

Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? How does diversity improve an organization’s predictions, decisions, and problem-solving capabilities? Moving beyond the politics that cloud standard debates about diversity, Scott Page discusses why difference beats out homogeneity, whether you're talking about citizens in a democracy or scientists in the laboratory, and why diversity trumps ability. Come and learn why progress depends as much on our collective differences as it does on our individual IQ scores! No registration required for this public lecture.

For more information about Professor Scott Page, see

2:45-4:45 p.m. Mentoring in a Global Context: Professor Stacy Blake-Beard, Simmons College

Mentoring is a powerful developmental relationship that has been hailed as one of the most critical support mechanisms for advancing one’s career. But much of the literature about mentoring is based on implicit assumptions of similarity and homogeneity in relation to dimensions of diversity. What happens as mentoring is used to build relationships between people who are very different from one another? In this workshop, Stacy Blake-Beard offers a framework to understand the challenges and opportunities of mentoring in a global context. Participants will put this framework to use through a guided discussion on mentoring across differences. The workshop will close with suggested best practices.

Registration is REQUIRED. Limited slots are available for those who are directly involved in mentoring relationships, and we are especially interested in involving mentoring diads (mentors and mentees). To nominate yourself for participation, please send your name, contact information, title, and a brief statement of this workshop’s relevance to your current professional/academic role to

For more information about Professor Stacy Blake-Beard, see

Generously cosponsored by the School of Public Health, Ross Business School, Medical School, College of Engineering, Department of Health Management and Policy, Rackham Graduate School, LS&A, School of Social Work, Law School, School of Nursing, Ford School of Public Policy, School of Dentistry, Division of Kinesiology, U-M Human Resources, U-M Health System, Division of Student Affairs, Program for Multicultural Health, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.

Hope to see you there! Questions? Contact NCID Associate Director Valerie Johnson at or 764-6550.

Organized by Professors Valerie Myers and Lynn Wooten with the U-M National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID)

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