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April 30, 2024 - Northern Kentucky University’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Center in the Haile College of Business is hosting its annual Lou Manchise Labor Management Conference: Strengthening Labor-Management Relationships through Communication and Dialogue on Friday, May 10.

What: 41st Annual Lou Manchise Labor Management Conference

When: Friday, May 10 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Where: NKU Student Union

At the conference, experts will share practical, cooperative and legal information to build and enhance effective labor-management relationships. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioner, Kalpana Kotagal, will serve as a keynote speaker. Commissioner Kotagal was designated by President Biden as a member of the EEOC in July of 2023, and has dedicated her career to supporting workers and championing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. The conference will also feature eight workshops and more than 20 additional speakers for attendees to choose from throughout the day.

“Commissioner Kotagal and the EEOC are tasked with implementing the federal agency’s vision of fair and inclusive workplaces with equal opportunity for all,” says Kathy Carnes, Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center. “The Conference attendees have a strong need to recognize how the EEOC and the laws it enforces impact labor management relationships and their ability to cooperatively work together to enhance the workplace.”

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Renita Jones-Lee, will also be recognized during the conference. With more than 24 years of labor experience, Renita Jones-Lee is a highly respected labor leader who has led new union organizing campaigns and political campaigns, building power for working Ohioans. To register for the conference, click here.

About Northern Kentucky University: NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of more than 15,000 students on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. Ranked in the top 50 out of 400 universities nationwide by The Wall Street Journal for exceptional value, we are a regionally engaged university committed to delivering an innovative, student-centered education. We empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, while contributing to the economic, civic and social vitality of the region. For more information, visit