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“America’s Top Diversity Advocates” Announced
Southport, CT. - January 28, 2009 / -- DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s’ leading multicultural business website, today announced the honorees for “America’s Top Diversity Advocates” for 2009. Ying McGuire of Dell and Esther Silver-Parker of Wal-Mart were added to this years Hall of Fame List. This distinguished group of individuals was recognized for their outstanding achievements in various diversity initiatives. Previous honorees have included such names as former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter who, collectively, have been champions of inclusion for many decades.

The “Top Diversity Advocates” represent individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to solutions in diversity issues on a global 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.

“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.” Ying McGuire Senior Manager Global Supplier Diversity at Dell is a great example of one of the “Top Advocates”. Using her position at Dell, she directs the department that has provided over of one billion dollars in buying opportunities from companies owned by diverse people. Ms. Esther Silver-Parker of Wal-Mart Stores in her position as Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs has spearheaded Wal-Marts efforts to improve its image and reputation in the communities its serves.

The “Top Advocates” will be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com’s 9th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place April 29 – May 1, 2009 at Disney’s Contemporary resort in Orlando, Florida.

“America should be proud of the results produced by the “Top Advocates” 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”.

Click here for a complete list of Previous Honorees.

About DiversityBusiness.com
Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness, with over 50,000 members, is the largest organization of diversity 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. DiversityBusiness reaches more diverse suppliers and communicates more information to them on a more frequent basis then all other organizations combined. We also communicate with mainstream businesses, government agencies and educational institutions with information related to diversity. Our magazine reaches over 300,000 readers, a monthly e-newsletter that reaches 2.4 million, and website visitors of 1.2 million a month. It is a leading provider of Supplier Diversity management tools and has the most widely distributed Diversity magazine in the United States. DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980.

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