Major League Baseball announced today that it will partner with the New York Yankees to co-host the 2014 MLB Diversity Business Summit, which will provide attendees with unprecedented access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB's Central Office, in New York City. Various elements of the third annual MLB Diversity Business Summit will be held on Monday, April 14th and Tuesday, April 15th, which is Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball, at the Manhattan Center and the New Yorker Hotel. Individuals may now visit MLB.com/diversitysummit to register and learn more about the 2014 MLB Diversity Business Summit.
"Diversity and inclusion throughout Major League Baseball are central priorities for our industry and are essential to future success," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Through the MLB Diversity Business Summit, we are taking innovative steps to provide unprecedented access for individuals who aspire to careers in our game or hope to find other valuable opportunities with our organizations."
"The Yankees have always been committed to maintaining a diverse workplace in every facet of the organization - from the field to the front office to the workforce of men and women who constructed the current Yankee Stadium," said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. "It is an honor for us to be involved with the MLB Diversity Business Summit, and we look forward to hosting the many talented attendees looking to launch their careers in the game of Baseball as well as the business owners and entrepreneurs who are seeking partnerships with Major League Baseball and its teams."
The MLB Diversity Business Summit is a unique sports employment and business opportunity career and trade fair that provides job seekers and entrepreneurs with opportunities to connect directly with decision-makers for employment and business opportunities at Major and Minor League Clubs, as well as well those from MLB media entities. The agenda for the event will include a keynote speech by Commissioner Selig, league-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops and executive roundtable discussions. Additionally, the Yankees will host attendees at Yankee Stadium for the Welcome Reception (April 14th) and the April 15th Jackie Robinson Day Interleague game between the Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. As a part of Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies, the Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela with a dedication of a plaque in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park. The plaque will celebrate the life of the former South African leader and commemorate his Yankee Stadium visit and address on June 21, 1990.
The first two MLB Diversity Business Summits were held in Chicago in 2012 (co-hosted by the Chicago White Sox) and in Houston in 2013 (co-hosted by the Houston Astros), and, in total, attracted approximately 1,500 registrants from across the United States.
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