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U.S. Department of Labor Honors CDW Corporation with EVE Award for Equal Opportunity Programs
VERNON HILLS, IL – October 17, 2008 / -- DiversityBusiness.com /- CDW Corporation, a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government and education, was honored today by the U.S. Department of Labor with the prestigious 2008 Exemplary Voluntary Efforts (EVE) Award. This award is presented each year to those federal contractors that have placed a value on a diverse work environment and have demonstrated exemplary and innovative programming for individuals with disabilities, family/work-life balance, company and community interaction.

This is the first time CDW has been recognized in this way for its achievements in diversity and inclusion programming and it is only the second Chicago-area organization to receive this award in the last 10 years.

“At CDW we believe that inclusion drives business and a diverse workforce is important to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse customer base. With initiatives designed to meet the needs of all of our coworker demographics, we have taken a visible turn to understand the makeup of our coworkers and what drives them to be successful,” said Dennis G. Berger, senior vice president of Coworker Services. “Our mission is to have an inclusive work environment in order for coworkers to excel and drive CDW’s success. This award is a tremendous honor for us and is a reflection of the work that we’ve done to recognize and value our coworkers.”

“This important annual event showcases successful employer initiatives that expand employment opportunities for Americans in underserved communities, including minorities, women, workers with disabilities and veterans,” said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

During the past seven years, CDW has aggressively focused on growing and enhancing its diversity and inclusion practices. In 2007, 35 percent of CDW’s new hires were people of color, up five percent from 2006. Women now make up 31 percent of CDW’s leadership team, with 32 percent holding executive roles. This success in part has come from placing a high value on innovative programs that drive inclusion.

CDW’s overarching diversity and inclusion program, Connections@CDW, is focused on connecting diverse internal and external assets in order to drive business success. For any diversity or inclusion practice, executive support is paramount to the success of the programming. Executive participation illustrates to coworkers and diversity program participants that the C-suite considers programming relevant and useful. At CDW, “Connections Nodes,” is one such program that involves the C-suite as executive sponsors. These Nodes are formal, supported, and funded coworker network groups that provide the company additional avenues to truly leverage diverse perspectives for a competitive advantage. There are currently four active Connections Nodes: African Heritage Network, Hispanic Heritage Network, Women in Sales Network and Women’s Leadership Network.

In addition, CDW holds an annual internal diversity and inclusion conference to give coworkers at all levels and locations a chance to engage in a direct dialogue about the importance of an inclusive environment to support organizational health and growth.

For more information on CDW’s programming please visit www.diversityatcdw.com.

About CDW
CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government and education. Ranked No. 39 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, CDW features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s technology specialists offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers can assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions.

CDW was founded in 1984 and as of September 30, 2008 employed approximately 6,900 coworkers. In 2007, the company generated sales of $8.1 billion. For more information, visit CDW.com.

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