By Riitta Saastamoinen
‘Diversity, Inclusion, and Competitiveness’ –webinar was organized by JAMK Centre for Competitiveness on November 14, 2012. In the webinar, three practiced international Diversity & Inclusion experts, Dr. George Simons, Mr. Elmer Dixon, and Ms. Joy Hawkins, discussed with the JAMK representatives Dr. Murat Akpinar, Mr. Steven Crawford, and Ms. Riitta Saastamoinen, on the reasons and practices for including diversity at work places, and on the role of Diversity & Inclusion work in increasing companies’ competitiveness. As Mr. Dixon and Ms. Hawkins pointed out, good diversity practices make the employees willing and capable of doing their best for the company, which increases productivity and cuts cost, for instance, by reducing job turnover and unnecessary sick leaves. If you missed the webinar, you can watch it online at
or read a summary of the discussion from Diversity webinar summary.