Diversity & Talent Series
The Diversity & Talent Series addresses various talent needs of the West Michigan business community. The series also focuses on the different ways to attract and retain top talent and include best practices in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This informational series is a great way to learn more about how you can be thinking of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your organization.
This month we are excited to hear from David Paterson, former Governor of New York. Paterson’s recently published book “Black, Blind, and in Charge” tells how he overcame both racial prejudice and his disability to become governor. Paterson will be sharing his story as well as the importance of disability awareness with those in attendance. There will also be an opportunity for moderated Q&A with Paterson. This will be a one-of-a-kind discussion you won’t want to miss!
Tuesday, October 19
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Members: $15 / Non-Members: $25
Meet the Speaker
David Paterson, 55th Governor of New York
David Paterson is the first legally blind person to serve as a governor for any US State. He is also the first African American to serve as Governor of New York. Paterson was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2007. In 2008, Paterson became Governor due to the resignation of Governor Eliot Spitzer. He remained Governor until 2010. At the age of three months, Paterson contracted an ear infection that spread to his optic nerve. This left him sightless in his left eye and with limited visibility in his right. Because New York City public schools wouldn’t guarantee him an education without being enrolled in special education, his parents moved to South Hempstead so he could receive an education. He would later earn a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and a juris doctorate from Hofstra Law School.