Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 21, 2003

Diversity Consultant V. Robert Hayles to Give Presentation at Whitworth

V. Robert HaylesDiversity consultant V. Robert Hayles, Ph.D., will give a presentation and lead a discussion on "Current Issues of Diversity in Business" on Thursday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the Eric Johnson Science Center auditorium at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4585.

Hayles helps individuals and organizations to become more effective in supporting diversity in the workplace. He has served more than 100 clients in the private, public and civic sectors, including World Bank; the Internal Revenue Service; the Government of Colombia, in South America; Stanford University; PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Hewlett Packard.

Hayles holds a bachelor's degree in behavioral and physical sciences and a doctorate in psychology. He is the co-author of The Diversity Directive: Why Some Initiatives Fail and What to Do About It (McGraw-Hill, 1997).

Hayles has worked in human resources and diversity-related positions worldwide for Diageo Company's food businesses, including Pillsbury, Green Giant, Häagen-Dazs, and GrandMet Foods Europe. He has also served as associate professor of engineering administration at George Washington University; director of research and human resources at the Office of Naval Research; and research scientist at Battelle's Human Affairs Research Center. Hayles was the first behavioral scientist to manage the U.S. Department of Navy Technology Base, for which the annual budget is more than $1 billion.

In addition to his presentation at Whitworth, Hayles will meet with Gonzaga University students and faculty, and will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Business Diversity Leadership Breakfast, which will take place on Thursday, March 6, from 7:30-10 a.m. at the West Coast Grand Hotel. During the breakfast Hayles will discuss executives' commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Hayles comes to Spokane as the result of collaboration between Whitworth and the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gonzaga University, the Task Force on Race Relations, and the African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American Business and Professional Association.

Contacts:

Elsa C. Distelhorst, director of development, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3782 or edistelhorst@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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