Call for Nominations: 2013 "Champions of Diversity"

The "Champion of Diversity" award is presented annually to individuals in recognition for their creative and innovative strategies that are in place to promote and advance the concept and spirit of diversity and inclusion.
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Feb. 7, 2013 - PRLog -- DiversityBusiness is seeking nominations for its “2013 Champion of Diversity” Award. Nominations are due by Saturday, December 15, 2012. Details about the nomination process are below.

SOUTHPORT CT/ Aug 3, 2012 / -The "Champion of Diversity" award is presented annually to individuals in recognition for their creative and innovative strategies that are in place to promote and advance the concept and spirit of diversity and inclusion.

Established in 2007 by DiversityBusiness, the "Champions of Diversity" award represent individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to solutions in diversity issues on a global and "national" scale. The honorees have made a significant impact on diversity issues in education, procurement, housing and employment. These unsung champions have not waved a diversity flag but rather have quietly made a difference in the lives of people by positively impacting their lives, and improving the economic conditions for their families and communities.

Individuals that demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity are eligible for nomination for the award, so long as they have not received it within the last five years. C-suite executives that have spear headed diversity initiatives and all levels of corporate management are invited to participate. CEO, CDO, COO, VP HR, etc.

Selection Process
For purposes of the award selection process, diversity and inclusion initiatives are defined as organizational programs, activities and efforts designed to promote and support differences in people and society, that may include race and ethnic origin; gender, physical abilities, religious beliefs, age, education, sexual orientation and/or other perceived differences.
In order to participate, the nomination form must be completed and submitted by December 15, 2012 .

To access 2013 nomination form, please click the link below:

The winners will be recognized at a special ceremony during the 13th Annual Business Conference.

Below is the list of the 2012 recipients.


Bill Collins  
American Airlines, Inc.
 Vice President, Base Maintenance

Floyd W. Pitts  
American National Red Cross
 S.V.P. & Chief Diversity Officer

Simeon O. Terry  
Austin Industries
 Program Manager, Diversity Affairs

Diane G. Dempsey  
BAE Systems, Inc. Intelligence & Security
 Director, Socio Economic Business Programs

Donna Strickland  
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
 Supplier Diversity Manager

Victorian Martin  
 Chief Diversity Officer

Maria Cannon  
Cisco Systems, Inc.
 Vice President - Partner Business Management

Dionisio Ortiz II  
Corporate Development Solutions, Inc.
 President & CEO

Deborah Rhynehardt Pickens  
Eaton Corporation
 Director, Supplier Diversity

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.  
Expert Ms Inc.
 Managing Director, Expert MS Inc. & Author

Diana Starks  
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
 AVP, Diversity Officer for the Office of Minority

Susan Berkenbush  
Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc.
 Director, Sourcing & Vendor Management

Brenda Marshall  
Kelly Services, Inc.
 Director, Global Diversity Solutions

Kim L. Hunter  
 President & CEO

Leslie Meacham Saunders  
LMS Management
 Principal D&I Strategist and Consultant

Nancy Deskins  
Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems
 Director, Supplier Diversity

Terry J. Lundgren  
Macy's, Inc.
 President & CEO

Marion Kelly  
Mayo Clinic in Arizona
 Director of Community & Business Relations

Colleen Mayer  
 Manager, Supplier Diversity

Indra K. Nooyi  
PepsiCo, Inc.
 President & CEO

Mel Jones  
Skanska Construction
 NorthWest Diversity Manager

Denise R.Thomas  
The Kroger Company
 Director, Corporate Supplier Diversity

Ruby McCleary  
United Airlines
 Director Supplier Diversity

Kathy Homeyer  
United Parcel Service
 Director of Supplier Diversity

Raul Espinosa  
Fairness in Procurement Alliance (FPA)
 CVO and Managing Partner, The Umbrella Initiative

|Press Contact: Quantise Rodgers| DiversityBusiness| 200 Pequot Avenue | Southport, CT 06890| 203-255-8966 | qrodgers@diversitybusiness |

About DiversityBusiness
Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness is the largest association of privately owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities", "Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America", and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Business Week and thousands of other print and internet publications. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design.
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