MLB, Astros to host diversity summit

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Major League Baseball and the Astros will co-host the second annual MLB Diversity Business Summit, which will provide attendees with unprecedented access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball clubs and MLB's central office.

The MLB Diversity Business Summit will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on June 19. This sports employment and business opportunity career and trade fair will provide job seekers and entrepreneurs with a unique opportunity to network directly with decision-makers for employment and business opportunities at Major and Minor clubs, as well as well those from MLB media entities.

The agenda for the event will include a keynote speech by Commissioner Bud Selig, league-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops and executive roundtable discussions.

"Diversity is essential to our sport and remains a core priority of Major League Baseball," Selig said in a statement. "Major League and Minor League rosters reflect players of many different backgrounds throughout our game. Away from the field, the MLB Diversity Business Summit is a key platform, allowing us to offer unprecedented networking access to talented individuals who are interested in baseball careers and business opportunities. We thank the Houston Astros for co-hosting this event and exemplifying the depth of the commitment shared by all of our clubs."

Astros owner Jim Crane said in a statement: "Diversity is vital for MLB, the Astros and the city of Houston to thrive. We are proud to co-host this year's MLB Diversity Business Summit."