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Call for Nominations: 2013 "Champions of Diversity"

DiversityBusiness.com is seeking nominations for its “2013 Champion of Diversity” Award. Nominations are due by Saturday, December 15, 2012. Details about the nomination process are below.

SOUTHPORT CT/ Aug 3, 2012 / -The "Champion of Diversity" award is presented annually to individuals in recognition for their creative and innovative strategies that are in place to promote and advance the concept and spirit of diversity and inclusion.

Established in 2007 by DiversityBusiness.com, the "Champions of Diversity" award represent individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to solutions in diversity issues on a global and "national" scale. The honorees have made a significant impact on diversity issues in education, procurement, housing and employment. These unsung champions have not waved a diversity flag but rather 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.

Individuals that demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity are eligible for nomination for the award, so long as they have not received it within the last five years. C-suite executives that have spear headed diversity initiatives and all levels of corporate management are invited to participate. CEO, CDO, COO, VP HR, etc.

Selection Process
For purposes of the award selection process, diversity and inclusion initiatives are defined as organizational programs, activities and efforts designed to promote and support differences in people and society, that may include race and ethnic origin; gender, physical abilities, religious beliefs, age, education, sexual orientation and/or other perceived differences.

In order to participate, the nomination form must be completed and submitted by December 15, 2012 .

To access 2013 nomination form, please click the link below: 

The winners will be recognized at a special ceremony during the 13th Annual Business Conference.

Below is the list of the 2012 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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