05 October 2011

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Scripps Networks Interactive, in collaboration with the Knoxville Area Urban League and the Knoxville Chamber, will host the region's first Diversity Summit on Oct. 12. The summit will bring together a distinguished group of community, business and political leaders to discuss the value of a diverse community and workforce and explore strategies to enhance marketplace diversity in Tennessee's Innovation Valley (Knox, Anderson, Blount, Roane, Loudon and Monroe Counties).

The summit is an important step toward the first Diversity Champions Report. To be published in early 2012, the report will highlight and raise awareness of economic inclusion and its impact on the Innovation Valley region, and generate best practices to address inclusion in the workplace.

"There is no question that companies with a diverse workforce are more resourceful, more innovative and can respond more nimbly to changes in the marketplace," said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president & chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive.

Luke Visconti, partner and co-founder of DiversityInc Media and author of the column, "Ask the White Guy," will deliver a keynote address, "Why Diversity Matters," and will moderate a panel of business leaders as they delve into Diversity: Workforce, Workplace and Community.

"We know the Greater Knoxville region to be a great place to live, work and raise a family," said Phyllis Y. Nichols, president of the Knoxville Area Urban League. "The Diversity Summit will explore the business imperative of diversity. The community will gain those same advantages as we gain a broader, more diverse population."

"Economic inclusion means economic prosperity for everyone in the Innovation Valley region," said Mike Edwards, president & chief executive officer of the Knoxville Chamber. "Minorities are 11 percent of the local population, but only 1 percent or $802 million of the total annual business revenues. While that's a large number, it could be much larger if we make sure that economic growth means economic advancement for all. Top managers and executives should attend this event to help chart the course to economic inclusion."

The invitation only event takes place Oct. 12, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Scripps Networks Interactive's Knoxville headquarters.

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) is a leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television, the Internet and emerging platforms, where on-air programming complements online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion Web sites and broadband vertical channels. The company's lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular lifestyle television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and country music network Great American Country. Scripps Networks Interactive is based in Knoxville, Tenn.

SOURCE: Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive
Lee Hall, 865-560-3853
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