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2012 “Champions of Diversity” Announced

SOUTHPORT, CT, January 24, 2012 /-DiversityBusiness.com/ the nation’s’ leading multicultural business website, today announced the honorees for its “Champions of Diversity Award” for 2012. 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 Terry Lundgren, President & CEO of Macy’s, Floyd Pitts, S.V.P. & CDO of American Red Cross, Marion Gross, Vice President at McDonald's USA and Indra Nooyi, President & CEO of Pepsico Inc.

“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 12th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place April 25 – April 27, 2012 at The Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

“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.



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

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