Influential Black leaders from around the world will gather to promote economic development, diversity and tourism.

In addition, 11 of the world’s business heads, authors and philanthropists will join with emerging leaders for the ICABA Global Hall of Fame Weekend at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, from Sept. 26-29.

Another highlight will be the Diversity and Inclusion Conference and Awards Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with keynote speakers Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corp.

Taylor is a Fort Lauderdale native, and SHRM is sponsoring the diversity conference day. Carnival is a South Florida-based company that, under Arnold’s helm, was included in the first-ever NAACP Equity Inclusion and Empowerment Index, which assesses U.S. companies on their commitment to racial and ethnic equity.

“Diversity and inclusion in the tourism and hospitality industry is more important than ever, and we are excited to be part of this signature event,” said Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, host sponsors of the weekend’s activities.

The four-day event offers sessions including global career, business, and health summits and master classes with business influencers, as well as special programs, all spotlighting economic empowerment, ways to build relationships and wealth, and strategies for leadership in a culturally diverse society. 

“These types of programs are important for developing pathways to success, and it speaks volumes having people of this professional scale present programs that address diversity and inclusion,” said Albert Tucker, vice president for Multicultural Business Development at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We have the top people coming here, a top message promoting tourism aligned with economic initiatives, and a top destination.” 

In addition to providing opportunities for business connections, the event will also have an impact on tourism, explained Jerome Hutchinson Jr., CEO of ICABA (International Career and Business Alliance), presenter of the ICABA Global Hall of Fame Weekend. “Attendees will have access to the world’s most-accomplished and influential professionals in the private and public sectors. The ICABA Hall of Fame black-tie ceremony on Sept. 28 will honor 11 high-profile inductees for their groundbreaking contributions in business, media, health, law and social justice. Inductees include Dennis Kimbro, one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on black sources of wealth; Yvette Miley, senior vice president and executive editor of MSNBC News and NBC News; and Andrew Young Jr., former United Nations Ambassador and former mayor of Atlanta.

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