Director Velma Korbel to receive Communication and Leadership Award

Department of Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel will receive a Communication and Leadership Award from the District 6 Toastmasters at its spring awards luncheon Saturday, May 2. Korbel will be honored for her support of the Toastmasters program and her service and leadership in the community.

As one of the founders of Urban Scholars, Korbel insisted that the leadership development program have a public speaking component and promoted the Toastmasters program. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that offers its members the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

Before becoming the director of Civil Rights, Korbel served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for seven years. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is the state agency responsible for enforcing Minnesota Statute 363A, commonly referred to as the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The Minnesota Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, public service, education, business and credit on several bases including race, color, creed, national origin, sex, disability, religion and sexual orientation.

Korbel is widely known and respected for her work in the equal opportunity community. Before her appointment as commissioner, she served as director of Diversity & Equal Opportunity for the Metropolitan Council, a regional environmental, transportation and planning agency located in Saint Paul. Korbel is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where she served for six years.

Korbel has also been honored with an Enlightening Leadership Award from the District 6 Toastmasters.

District 6 Toastmasters is composed of more than 280 clubs throughout Minnesota and a portion of Ontario.

Published Apr 21, 2015

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