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Urban League Job Fair Highlights Diversity Practices

By Sylvia Maria Gross

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Kansas City, MO – The Urban League of Greater Kansas City held its Ultimate Career Bazaar and Hiring Fair on Thursday at the Hyatt Crown Center. It's a job fair designed for college seniors and others looking for careers on the executive track. And both the job hunters and the potential employers participated in workshops. The employers heard a talk about diversity practices by Alonzo Byrd, Jr, assistant vice president for corporate relations at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Wanda Jackson, vice president of human resources at the National Urban League. Byrd and Jackson told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about a 2004 survey of US workers, that was funded by Enterprise.

At the job fair, the Urban League of Greater Kansas City awarded its first annual Equalizer Award for local companies or organizations that achieve excellence in diversity practices. This year's awards went to Blackwell, Sanders, Peper and Martin Law Firm, Saint Luke's Health Center, and Sprint Nextel.

This story was produced for KC Currents.

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