WESTLAKE, Texas, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives from Fortune 500 companies, government, non-profits and academia examined the evolution of inclusive workplaces at the recent launch of the Deloitte University (DU) Leadership Center for Inclusion. The more than 250 attendees discussed a wide range of inclusion issues including minority recruiting, veteran hiring, attracting and retaining lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender talent, and growing the number of women in science, technology, engineer and math (STEM) fields. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120803/MM52028LOGO-a) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120803/MM52028LOGO-b) Christie Smith, Ph.D, west region managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP and managing partner for the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion, was instrumental in developing the vision and formation of the Center. Through the Center, Deloitte is changing the conversation around inclusion, and engaging thought leaders, clients, business leaders and their professionals in the process. "One of the primary goals of the Leadership Center for Inclusion is to fundamentally redefine what inclusion looks like in the workplace," said Smith. "This is not just about programs or initiatives; it is the leadership issue of our time." The DU Leadership Center for Inclusion will host training programs, lectures and special events for Deloitte professionals, clients and thought leaders to further the dialogue on inclusion and share leading practices. In addition, the Center will foster innovation by expanding the understanding of inclusion through stories and discussions, which disrupt the traditional views of diversity and work-life fit. "Inclusion has become fully embedded within our overall Talent strategy," said Deb DeHaas, chief inclusion officer, Deloitte LLP. "Through the DU Leadership Center for Inclusion, we are working to advance the discussion around diversity to include a broader understanding of what inclusive cultures look like in the 21 st century workplace." For more information on the Center please visit: http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/About/Inclusion/leadership-center-for-inclusion/index.htm. About Deloitte University Deloitte is committed to growing leadership skills at every level of the organization. Investment in Deloitte University, The Leadership Center, is the embodiment of this commitment to provide enriching experiences for our people and to ensure Deloitte remains a place where leaders thrive. We understand that today's leaders must consistently enhance their skills to deliver quality in a rapidly changing environment. By transforming how we develop leaders, we are proving our commitment to both our people and our clients. For more information about Deloitte University, The Leadership Center, please visit www.deloitteuniversity.com. About Deloitte's Talent Initiatives As the nation's largest professional services organization, our ability to attract, develop and deploy high-performing talent is critical to delivering superior performance and serving our clients with distinction. Our aim is to offer challenging work to our people, enhance their careers and fuel our business growth by fostering an environment where leaders thrive. This is a meaningful part of the Deloitte culture, and a value understood, shared, and recognized by our clients and our professionals. Please visit us at www.facebook.com/deloitteuniversity and follow us at @LifeAtDeloitte. For more information on Deloitte's award-winning Talent initiatives, please visit: www.deloitte.com. As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.