Tuesday, September 2, 2014

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Winner to Speak in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - U.S. Army veteran, ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars season 13” winner, and best-selling author J.R. Martinez will be the keynote speaker for Georgia Regents University’s 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Summit.

This year’s event will be held Friday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.

Martinez will share his story of resilience and optimism after overcoming the challenge of sustaining severe burns to over 34 percent of his body while serving in Iraq as an Army infantryman.

Another highlight for this year’s program will be a workshop led by Jamail Larkins, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Atlanta-based Ascension Aircraft. Larkins, a native of Augusta, Ga., has been featured in Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30,” and he is the first ambassador for Aviation and Space Education for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.

Other summit activities include discussions and various workshops on topics such as TED® talks on inclusive excellence, micromessaging and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, and building organizational capacity for diversity transformation, examples in generational communication.

The purpose of the summit is to create inclusion excellence by:

Engaging our community in meaningful dialogue
Building and leveraging our partnerships
Creating a framework to shape important action steps

Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Augusta-Richmond County: "Words cannot fully express how proud this experience made me to be mayor of a city where a progressive mindset is beginning to take hold and I would like to thank Dr. Kent Guion and his entire committee, as well as everyone at GRU and all those who participated, for putting together an event that I believe we will all look back on as a watershed moment in the history of our great city."

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