The City of Longview, Partners in Prevention’s Unity and Diversity Committee will host parts one and two of “Longview Listens” from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021. The subsequent Longview Listens will be the following Thursday, September 23, 2021. Both events will be hosted at Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd. Longview Listens seeks to promote unity and diversity in Longview by creating a safe environment to include, inform, and celebrate all individuals through community dialogue.
The Unity and Diversity Committee welcomes back Guest Speaker Terry Reese, former McDonald’s executive. Mr. Reese held multiple positions throughout his career with the organization, including Vice President/Managing Director in South Africa and Vice President Training and Learning Development Global, covering 119 countries. In 2019 and 2020, Mr. Reese led small group discussions on topics of Stereotypes and Entitlement. On September 16, Mr. Reese will provide a recap and combine the two topics into one session. September 23 will complete the series with the topic of Rage.
Due to health and safety protocols, a total of 50 individuals are allowed to attend Longview Listens; this will be on a first-come basis. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available for anyone choosing to use these items. Tables and chairs will be spaced yet still conducive to fostering conversation around the topics presented.
Partners in Prevention Manager Holly Fuller states, “The Unity and Diversity Committee is fortunate to have Terry Reese lead the next two Longview Listens sessions. We had positive feedback from our past Longview Listens sessions. One hundred percent of the participants that completed a survey stated that they had learned something new. One of our goals is for participants to gain knowledge through conversation. Terry is an excellent communicator and has a skill for engaging people in open dialogue to strengthen positive race relations and to better understand stereotypes, entitlement, and rage.”
The first ten people that arrive will receive a book, recommended by Terry Reese.
For more information, please call Partners in Prevention at 903-237-1019.