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eNewsBrief: Hot Topics in Diversity
Aug. 14, 2009
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Dear ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Please mark your calendar for the following upcoming conferences:

ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference & Exposition, Nov. 1 3, 2009 (Pre-Conference Oct. 31), in Chicago, Ill. at the Hyatt Regency on the River Walk To register, go to: http://www.ashhra.org/ashhra/conference/conference2009/registration.html

IFD National Leadership & Educational Conference - "Changing the Culture of Healthcare," June 9 - 11, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place-Chicago For more information, go to: http://www.diversityconnection.org/diversityconnection_app/leadership-conferences/Leadership-Conferences.jsp?fll=S14

The Asian Health Care Leaders Association Inaugural Annual Conference, Nov. 16-17, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago To register, go to: http://asianhealthcareleaders.eventbrite.com

Thank you,

Stephanie Drake, MBA
Associate Executive Director
ASHHRA

Fred Hobby
President
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