2012 Diversity Council Honors Award™ Recipients

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ARLINGTON, VA, October 5, 2012 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Additional Information Contact: Dan Stokes, PRISM Media Relations, 888.997.7476

TOP 25 U.S. DIVERSITY COUNCILS RECOGNIZED AT ANNUAL 2012 DIVERSITY COUNCIL HONORS AWARD™


PRISM International, Inc., and its practice group the Association of Diversity Councils recognized and awarded the TOP 25 U.S. Diversity Council Groups in a dinner ceremony last evening at the 2012 Diversity Council Conference: Enhancing Performance - Increasing Value at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Wipro Technologies took top honors with the U.S. Navy and FedEx Freight following.    

In its fourth year, the prestigious Diversity Council Honors Award™ recognizes and awards the outstanding contributions and achievements of diversity council groups that lead organizational diversity processes and demonstrate results in their Workforce, Workplace and Marketplace.  Councils complete and submit a comprehensive application demonstrating Council contributions and achievements in four categories: Demonstrated Council Results; Demonstrated Management Commitment; Measurement and Accountability, and Communication and Education.

"This year’s award recipients include seven first time applicant councils and nineteen returning councils. Of those returning, seven improved in the rankings. Award recipients include a diverse combination of corporations, federal government, non profits, municipalities and higher education - representing all sectors, geographies and sizes," reports Philip Berry, Executive Director of the Association of Diversity Councils.

Wipro took top honors swapping places with the U.S. Navy who was last year's top recipient.  AT&T is the highest debuting entry at the seventh spot.  Seven of the twenty five councils have been on the TOP 25 list since the Award's origin in 2009.

The 2012 Annual Diversity Council Honors Award™ recipients (by rank):

  1. Wipro Technologies Diversity Council
  2. Navy Office of Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Diversity Working Group
  3. FedEx Freight Diversity Council
  4. Best Buy Employee Business Networks
  5. Comcast & NBCUniversal Diversity Councils
  6. American Airlines Diversity Advisory Council
  7. AT&T Chairman's Diversity Council
  8. CSX Global and Executive Inclusion Councils & Affiliated Councils/Groups
  9. Diageo North America Inclusion and Diversity Council
  10. Hyatt Hotels Corporation North America Diversity & Inclusion Council
  11. Prudential Financial, Inc. Law Compliance and Business Ethics Diversity Council
  12. The Boeing Company Global Services & Support (GS&S) Diversity Council
  13. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Diversity Council
  14. National Guard Joint Diversity Executive Council (JDEC)
  15. Siemens Energy, Inc. Diversity and Inclusion Council
  16. Ameren Corporate Diversity Council
  17. Bellagio Resort and Casino Cultural Board – BCB
  18. University of Akron Diversity Council
  19. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Diversity and Community Council
  20. AXA Equitable Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council
  21. McGraw-Hill Enterprise Council
  22. Chartis Executive Diversity Council
  23. WellPoint - SOMOS, Hispanic ARG
  24. City of Virginia Beach Inclusion and Diversity Council
  25. Pfizer Animal Health Diversity and Inclusion Council

Linda Stokes, President and CEO of PRISM International, Inc, the parent organization of the Association of Diversity Councils says, "For many years, our firm had assisted organizations with their diversity and inclusion initiatives. We recognized early the important contributions and impact which diversity councils, ERGs and other type groups had on their organizations; yet, for all their great efforts there was little national recognition.  We wanted to change that."

PRISM created a specialized practice - the Association of Diversity Councils – to be a premier resource for diversity and inclusion council professionals.  "The goal was to help councils and council members increase their impact and effectiveness in developing, implementing and maintaining an organizational strategic diversity focus; and, to recognize and honor the best practices and efforts, " says Stokes. "This was the basis for the annual Diversity Council Honors Award™." 

A direct result of the Honors Award process was the launch of this year's 2012 Diversity Council Conference: Enhancing Performance - Increasing Value.   "Councils need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge, "continues Stokes.  "This Conference is the only one of its kind…it affords Councils with opportunities to share and learn best practices and gain important insights, knowledge and skills to enhance their Council performance. We want participants to leave with a renewed emphasis on increasing their impact and effectiveness."  This year's inaugural conference drew 280 council members representing 80 organizations. Included among the twenty five sponsors were event co-sponsors Walmart and MediaTec. Conference speakers included Conference keynote speaker and author Dr, Steve Robbins and Honors Award Dinner speaker Ken Barrett, Chief Diversity Officer at General Motors.


About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of Diversity Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and the premier resource for diversity and inclusion council professionals dedicated to increasing the impact, effectiveness and recognition of diversity councils as an essential partner in developing; implementing and maintaining a strategic diversity focus within organizations. For additional information, visit www.ErgCouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM International, Inc., is a WBENC-certified, full-service provider of innovative, proven diversity/inclusion, cross-cultural, and harassment prevention strategies, consulting services, training programs and products. For additional information, visit www.PrismDiversity.com. PRISM's performance solutions provide a proven systemic process and best-in-practices tactics for leveraging opportunities in our client's workforce, workplace and marketplace.

About the Diversity Council Conference
The Diversity Council Conference is an annual one day conference designed for Council groups (Diversity Councils, ERGs, Affinity and Network groups) to share and learn best practices and gain important insights, knowledge and skills to enhance their performance while increasing their value in their workplace, workforce and marketplace. A highlight of the Conference is the annual Diversity Council Honors Award dinner and ceremony that recognizes honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of Council groups and their members who lead the diversity process.