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Peirce College to Examine Cultural Identity with Discussion of Hair in the Workplace


Peirce College to Examine Cultural Identity with Discussion of Hair in the Workplace

Annual Black History Month panel set for Feb. 11

PHILADELPHIA, February 9, 2016 -- Striking a balance between cultural identity and workplace expectations can be a challenge. This rings true for some African-Americans looking to achieve their perfect professional image.

What’s the root of the issue for many? Hair.

To discuss the topic, Peirce College will host a panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 6-9 p.m. as part of its Black History Month celebration. “Your Hair, Your Image & Your Career Climb” will be moderated by Sharmain Matlock-Turner, CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition.

”Panelists include:

  • Bruce F. Burton, Owner and President, The Original Pretty Boyz Barber Shop
  • Thelma Lawson Haylock, Director of Business Services, Pfizer
  • Markita Morris-Louis, SVP Community Affairs and General Counsel, Clarifi
  • Jameel Rush, Director of Organizational Development, Day & Zimmermann
  • Lori L. Tharps, Author, “Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America” & Assistant Professor, Temple University

The event will be held at Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street, Room 51. It is free and open

About Peirce College
In 2015, Peirce College celebrates 150 years dedicated to providing higher education to working adults. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Peirce will host a year-long series of events surrounding the theme, "Many Years, One Purpose." Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Legal Studies and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management. Located in thee hart of Philadelphia, Peirce is a non-profit institution that specializes in serving the unique needs of working adults, many of whom work full time and are raising families. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). Additionally select programs are accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs the American Bar Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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