DiversityBusiness.com Announces 2013 "Champions of Diversity"

The "Champions of Diversity Award" represent individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to solutions in diversity issues. The honorees have made a significant impact on diversity issues in employment, procurement, housing and education.
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Feb. 13, 2013 - PRLog -- Southport, CT, February 06, 2013 / -- DiversityBusiness.com/ the nation’s’ leading multicultural business website, today announced the honorees for its "Champions of Diversity Award" for 2013. This distinguished group of individuals are recognized for their outstanding achievements in various diversity initiatives within their companies and communities.

The "Champions of Diversity Award" represent individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to solutions in diversity issues on a regional and national level. The honorees have made a significant impact on diversity issues in employment, procurement, housing and education. These "soft" sell champions have not waved a diversity flag but 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.

Some of the remarkable leaders joining this year’s list include Fred Lona, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity at Hilton Worldwide; Adrienne Trimble, Manager, Supplier Diversity North America at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America; Berlon Hamilton, Supplier Diversity Leader at Hospira; Barbara Taylor, Senior Manager Supplier Diversity at Boeing; and Carol Evans, Founder and President of Working Mother Media.

"I am extremely excited about this year’s honoree list" said Kenton Clarke, CEO of DiversityBusiness.com. "This recognition brings attention to real results provided by many different people representing all sectors of diversity and who can quantify success made by their efforts.

The "Champions of Diversity" will be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com’s 13th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place April 24 – April 26, 2013 at The Wynn Resort and in Las Vegas, NV.

"America should be proud of the results produced by the "Champions" and others, says Mr. Clarke. "They are most deserving of this recognition and they continue to make our country the greatest place on earth to live".

Below is the complete list of this year's recipients.

 Honoree    Company    

 Rocky Egusquiza  
  Vice President, Multicultural Markets  

 David L. Campbell  
American Airlines, Inc.
  Vice President- Safety, Security & Environmental  

 Deborah Levine  
American Diversity Report
  President, Editor-in-chief  

 Renee A. Watson  
Bexar County
  Manager, Bexar County’s Small, Minority and Women Owned-Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Program  

 Aly Jetha & Shabnam Rezaei  
Big Bad Boo & Oznoz.com

 Kate Armstrong  
  Supplier Diversity Manager  

 Mark Williams  
Cisco Systems, Inc.
  Business Development Manager, Americas Channels Distribution  

 John E. Taylor  
Delphi Automotive Systems
  Senior Global Supplier Diversity Manager  

 Cristina Villacinda-Farr  
Empleos and Employment, LLC
  Supplier Diversity Program Consultant  

 Darraugh Butler  
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  Supplier Diversity Program Manager  

 Cynthia Turner  
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  Supplier Diversity Program Manager  

 Connie Glaser  
GenderTalk Works, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Glaser Associates
  Keynote Speaker and Diversity Expert  

 Dawnita J. Wilson  
Highmark, Inc.
  Director, Inclusion Initiatives  

 Fred Lona  
Hilton Worldwide
  Senior Director Supplier Diversity  

 Berlon Hamilton  
  Supplier Diversity Leader  

 Farad Ali  
Institute of Minority Economic Development
  Vice President  

 Robyn H. Snyder  
Lockheed Martin MS2
  MS2 Undersea Systems Supplier Diversity Program Manager  

 Kristie Strom  
Mach 1 Global Services, Inc.
  Chief Sales Officer  

 Sandra Scott  
Marriott International
  Director, Technology Procurement  

 Michele Ruiz  
MicheleRuiz.com, Ruiz Strategies
  Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Strategic Consultant, Brand Ambassador, Blogger & Vlogger  

 Karen Blackwell  
  Manager Supplier Diversity North America  

 Mona Lisa Faris-Placey  
Professional WOMAN'S Magazine,Hispanic Network Magazine, Black EOE Journal,U.S. Veterans Magazine
  President & Founder  

 Joyce Christanio  
Sprint Nextel Corporation
  Supplier Diversity Manager  

 Dr. Cecila Carter  
  Vice President, Global Community & Civic Affairs  

 Barbara  A. Taylor  
The Boeing Company
  Senior Manager Supplier Diversity  

 Lisa Sandos  
The Principal Financial Group
  Supplier Diversity Manager  

 Adrienne C. Trimble  
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America
  Manager, Supplier Diversity Purchasing  

 Matt Thursam  
Walt Disney World Company
  Supplier Diversity Manager  

 John Forsyth  
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  Chairman and CEO  

 Susan Wolper  
Wolper Information Services
  President & CEO  

 Carol Evans  
Working Mother Media
  Founder and President  

 Valentin Castaneda  
YMCA of the US
  Director, Strategic Sourcing  

 About DiversityBusiness.com  
Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness is the largest organization 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. Its e-magazine reaches over 3,000,000 readers, an e-newsletter that reaches 2.4 million, and website visitors of 1.2 million a month. It is a leading provider of diversity management tools. DiversityBusiness.com’s produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980.
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