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Diversity Champions – October 2011

Posted on October 2, 2011 – 2:19 pmNo Comment | 807 views

This year’s Catalyst Canada Honours were given to 3 individuals for their personal and visible commitment to the advancement of women: Monique Leroux, Desjardins Group (company/firm leader); Jennifer Tory, RBC (business leader); and Michael Bach, KPMG (human resources/diversity leader).

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The RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program was launched in 1992 to help aboriginal youth develop the skills they need to obtain meaning jobs. This year’s winners are Allie Ferris, Candace Crate, Diane Bannon, Henry Heavy Shield, Jonathon Davidson, Joshua Bouvier, Kenneth McEwen, Kiana Lewey, Laura Arngna’naaq, and Luke Amyotte.

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Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) was honoured with 4 awards last month including the Lexpert Zenith Award for Diversity Action by Law Firm for its development and implementation of inclusion programs such as the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Mentoring Partnership, Out on Bay/Pride at Work, and Legal Professional Internship, Diversity and Inclusion Training.

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The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce has named Lisa Mattam, managing principal of The Mattam Group, a management consulting firm, the Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2011.

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida is recipient of the annual C.C. Corbett Diversity Award for its diversity hiring practices and long-standing record of diversity initiatives. Since 1988 the percentage of women in the department has increased from 31% to 43% while minorities represent 20% of the department’s staff which exceeds the county’s minority population of 19%.

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The Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) presented its inaugural Diversity Award of Excellence to 2 law firms and 2 corporations: Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, Adams & Reese LLP, American Airlines and Southern California Edison for outstanding achievement in their commitment to diversity and the advancement of women attorneys of color.

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The Associated Press Media Editors have recognized Sherrie Marshall, editor of the Macon Telegraph, and Gregory Moore, editor of the Denver Post, with the 10th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership. Both editors were cited for their long-standing commitment to diversity in newspaper content and newsroom recruiting and staff development. Each received $2500 and a trophy.

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The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has honored James H. Lowry, senior advisor and global diversity director for the Boston Consulting Group, with the Abe Venable Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award is given to an individual who has played an integral role in the creative, technical or professional progress of the minority business community over the course of his or her life.

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The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are judged on answers to 650 questions, including data on the access and usage of flexible work arrangements, parental leave, childcare, health and wellness support and the advancement of women to all levels of management. The top 10 scoring companies are Bank of America, Deloitte, Discovery Communications, Ernst & Young, General Mills, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential Financial, TriHealth and WellStar. For the complete list, http://www.workingmother.com/node/116542/list.

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HispanicBusiness magazine contacted the top American corporations, and then analyzed those organizations in terms of, among other things, diversity recruitment and retention to come up with 59 companies that ranked as the Best Companies for Diversity. For the complete list, click here.

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Latina Style Magazine announced the Latina Style 50 Report for 2011, which names the 50 best companies for Latinas to work for in the U.S. This year, more than 800 corporations were included in the search. For the complete list, click here.

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For People of Color, Inc. (FPOC) has been rewarded with the 2011 State Bar of California’s Diversity Award for its long term, sustained accomplishments toward increasing diversity in the legal profession. The State Bar also honored retired Justice Carlos Moreno, former State Bar President Karen Nobumoto and Ruthe Ashley for their extensive contributions to diversity pipeline efforts.

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The United States Tennis Association (USTA) presented its 2011 ICON Awards to the Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center, Rick Welts, CEO & President of the Phoenix Sun and David Dinkins, 106th mayor of New York City. The ICON Awards honor organizations and individuals that have made a positive impact on diversity in the tennis world.

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Auckland Libraries have been given a 2011 New Zealand Diversity Award for its outstanding contribution to NZ Diversity Action program by the Human Rights Commission. The award recognizes the services and programs that libraries offer that and celebrate the region’s diverse ethnic community.

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The ADCOLOR® Industry Coalition has announced its honorees for the 2011 ADCOLOR® Awards. Director Spike Lee was among those honored during the 5th Anniversary celebrations. For the complete list, http://2011.adcolor.org/honorees/.

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The Network of Executive Women handed out the William J. Grize Diversity Award to 10 individuals: Lynn Grize, Ahold USA, Jeff Noddle, Supervalu, Judy Spires, Kings Super Markets, Tom Greco, Frito-Lay North America, Linda Dillman, Hewlett-Packard, Jeri Dunn, Tyson Foods, Kay Palmer, J.B. Hunt, James White, Safeway, , Don Knauss, Clorox Co.,and Erby Foster Jr., Coca-Cola Co. and 2 companies: Delhaize America and Procter & Gamble.

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