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2009 “Champions of Diversity” Announced
Southport, CT. - January 29, 2009 / -- DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s’ leading multicultural business website, today announced the honorees for its “Champions of Diversity Award” for 2009. 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.

“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.” Carmen Smith in her position as Vice President of Global Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is a great example of one of the “Champions”. Using her position at Disney, she worked closely with a variety of community, civic and industry groups to ensure that more people of color had opportunities in front of the camera and behind the camera. Monica Gil, Vice President Communications and Public Affairs have built relationships with external diverse communities in an effort to strengthen Nielsen’s effectiveness in reaching and measuring these diverse communities. The “Champions of Diversity” 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 “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”.

DiversityBusiness.com's 2009 Champions of Diversity

Name Company Title
Annette Ficucello New York Life Assistant Vice President, Supplier Diversity
Anthony Soto  Wal-Mart Director, Supplier Diversity
Barbara J. Parsky Edison International SVP
Brenda Burke Wellpoint, Inc.  Director Supplier Diversity – Nationwide
Carmen J. Smith  Walt Disney Parks and Resorts VP of Global Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion
Faye W. McClure Farmers Insurance V.P. of Strategic Marketing
Garth Scully Cisco Canada Co. Vice President Enterprise Sales
Kevin Bradley McDonald's USA, LLC Director, Inclusion and Diversity 
Luisa Acosta-Franco Farmers Insurance Assistant V.P. of Emerging Markets
Monica Gil The Nielsen Company Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

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.

Press Contact: Odetta Rogers | Director Communications | 203-255-8966 | odetta@ccaii.com

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