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LGBTQ job fair selects Tech Data exec as keynote speaker

The career fair will be held in St. Pete on Sept. 18

ST. PETERSBURG — Tech Data’s diversity director, Cal Jackson, is slated to deliver a keynote speech at this year’s LGBTQ+ career fair hosted by Metro Inclusive Health.

The Sept. 18 career fair is the second of its kind hosted by the non-profit, which focuses on programming and services for the LGBTQ community. Last year, the fair drew hundreds of people seeking career advice and opportunities.

Jackson is known for his development of cultural competence workshops on discrimination, gender and bias. The Human Rights Campaign gives Largo-based Tech Data a perfect score on its corporate equality index, which helped prompt Metro to select Jackson as a featured speaker.

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The career fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Jackson’s speech planned for noon. It will be held at Metro’s Community Center Grand Hall at 3251 Third Ave N in St. Petersburg.

Expert volunteers will offer resume and interview feedback on Sept. 16 and 17 so job seekers can be prepared to meet with representatives from local companies such as Chase Bank, Grow Financial, Raymond James and Bayfront Health.