By Lacey Brutschy – Contributing Writer

Event includes classes on workplace development

The Resource Center of Dallas and the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce will pair up on Wednesday, March 26, to host North Texas’s only job fair focused on the LGBT community.

The job fair has been around since 2006, but this is the first year the chamber is co-sponsoring it. Cece Cox, associate executive director for the Resource Center, said she believes this will improve networking opportunities.

Cece Cox

"Hosting the event with the chamber expands our outreach potential," Cox said. "They have a lot of corporate contacts that can really help us."

The Job Expo features a series of classes focusing on workplace development, such as resume writing, interviewing skills and opportunities to meet employers. While these classes really help, Cox says the expo is also for smaller workplaces to learn how to form a "safe and inclusive environment."

"Workplaces need to reach the LGBT community, and this is how to do it," she said.

Tony Veda, executive director of the chamber agreed. "Businesses that participate in the Job Expo are making a strong statement about their commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace," he said.

Employers that will be at the expo will include companies such as Merrill Lynch, American Airlines, State Farm Insurance Co., Fed Ex Kinko’s, Best Buy, the city of Dallas, University of Phoenix and Caven Enterprises.

The Job Expo is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and it is free and open to the public. But admission to the diversity panel lunch before the expo, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., is $25.

For more information, contact Henry Ramirez at or call 214-528-0144.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 21, 2008
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