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Call for Nominations: 2015 "Champions of Diversity"

DiversityBusiness.com is seeking nominations for its “2015 Champion of Diversity” Award. Nominations are due by Sunday, December 15, 2014. Details about the nomination process are below.

SOUTHPORT CT/ April 10, 2014 / -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, 2014.

To access 2015 nomination form, please click the link below: 

Below is the list of the 2013 recipients.



Rocky Egusquiza


Vice President, Multicultural Markets
David L. Campbell

American Airlines, Inc.

Vice President- Safety, Security & Environmental
Deborah Levine

American Diversity Report

President, Editor-in-chief
Renee A. Watson

Bexar County

Manager, Bexar County’s Small, Minority and Women Owned-Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Program
Aly Jetha & Shabnam Rezaei

Big Bad Boo & Oznoz.com

Mark Williams

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Business Development Manager, Americas Channels Distribution
John E. Taylor

Delphi Automotive Systems

Senior Global Supplier Diversity Manager
Cristina Villacinda-Farr

Empleos and Employment, LLC

Supplier Diversity Program Consultant
Darraugh Butler

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Cynthia Turner

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Connie Glaser

GenderTalk Works, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Glaser Associates

Keynote Speaker and Diversity Expert
Dawnita J. Wilson

Highmark, Inc.

Director, Inclusion Initiatives
Fred Lona

Hilton Worldwide

Senior Director Supplier Diversity
Berlon Hamilton


Supplier Diversity Leader
Robyn H. Snyder

Lockheed Martin MS2

MS2 Undersea Systems Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Sandra Scott

Marriott International

Director, Technology Procurement
Karen Blackwell


Manager Supplier Diversity North America
Mona Lisa Faris-Placey


President & Founder
Joyce Christanio

Sprint Nextel Corporation

Supplier Diversity Manager
Barbara  A. Taylor

The Boeing Company

Senior Manager Supplier Diversity
Lisa Sandos

The Principal Financial Group

Supplier Diversity Manager
Adrienne C. Trimble

Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America

Manager, Supplier Diversity Purchasing
Matt Thursam

Walt Disney World Company

Supplier Diversity Manager
John Forsyth

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Chairman and CEO
Susan Wolper Wolper Information Services President & CEO
Carol Evans Working Mother Media Founder & President
Valentin Castaneda

YMCA of the US

Director, Strategic Sourcing

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