• Community Celebrating Diversity

Community Celebrating Diversity - CCD


The evolution of the MLK Dinner was initiated by CCD’s founding member, Sandra Rembrandt. Ms. Rembrandt’s vision was for Scottsdale to host its own Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. In the early 1990’s, members from across the valley traveled to Phoenix to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday. Ms. Rembrandt had a passion for Dr. King’s legacy and felt citizens from the Scottsdale community would take pride in hosting a celebration in its own community. Today, Scottsdale’s celebration serves as a signature celebration for the entire valley that includes national renowned speakers representing a myriad of diversity perspectives honoring the history and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Tuesday January 9, 2018

5:00pm | Registration/Reception
6:00pm | Doors Open

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 East McCormick Parkway
Scottsdale AZ, 85258

2018 Featured Speakers

Bob Enderle and Ken Nwadike Jr. headline the 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration.

Robert Enderle
Robert Enderle

Bob Enderle retired as Talent Management Strategist/ Director, Diversity & Inclusion at Medtronic CardioVascular Group. His commitment to diversity began at a young age growing up, living through and participating in the civil rights movement. He has dedicated his life to promoting equality and respect for human differences in his experiences as a Human Resources professional having been a corporate champion of Diversity and Inclusion, and understanding by having a multi-racial family.

He is the recipient of Diversity Leadership Alliance “Founder’s Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Transformational Leader” Award, along with the Arizona Rehabilitation Services “Dynamic Partner” Award. Bob is also very involved in the community where his activities have included service on several Board of Directors.

Ken Nwadike Jr.
Ken E. Nwadike Jr.

Ken E. Nwadike Jr. is a peace activist popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy, founder of the Free Hugs Project. His courageous work as a peace activist is helping to heal and narrow the social, political and racial divide that currently exists throughout our country. His energy, spirit, passion and love is changing individual behaviors and group interactions for the better.

Ken has received numerous awards from law enforcement agencies and community groups for his peacekeeping efforts of de-escalating intense confrontations on the front-lines of riots and protests. He inspires individuals to be more supportive and respectful towards one another. His work promotes restoring civility in America to improve the way we treat our families, coworkers, and people within our communities.

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