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2013 "Champions of Diversity" Announced

Southport, CT, February 06, 2013 / -- DiversityBusiness.com/ the nationísí leading multicultural business website, today announced the honorees for its "Champions of Diversity Award" for 2013. 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 yearís list include Fred Lona, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity at Hilton Worldwide; Adrienne Trimble, Manager, Supplier Diversity North America at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America; Berlon Hamilton, Supplier Diversity Leader at Hospira; Barbara Taylor, Senior Manager Supplier Diversity at Boeing; and Carol Evans, Founder and President of Working Mother Media.

"I am extremely excited about this yearís 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.comís 13th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place April 24 Ė April 26, 2013 at The Wynn Resort and in Las Vegas, NV.

"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.



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 Countyís Small, Minority and Women Owned-Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Program
Aly Jetha & Shabnam Rezaei

Big Bad Boo & Oznoz.com

Kate Armstrong


Supplier Diversity Manager
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
Farad Ali

Institute of Minority Economic Development

Vice President
Robyn H. Snyder

Lockheed Martin MS2

MS2 Undersea Systems Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Kristie Strom

Mach 1 Global Services, Inc.

Chief Sales Officer
Sandra Scott

Marriott International

Director, Technology Procurement
Michele Ruiz

MicheleRuiz.com, Ruiz Strategies

Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Strategic Consultant, Brand Ambassador, Blogger & Vlogger
Karen Blackwell


Manager Supplier Diversity North America
Mona Lisa Faris-Placey

Professional WOMAN'S Magazine,Hispanic Network Magazine, Black EOE Journal,U.S. Veterans Magazine

President & Founder
Joyce Christanio

Sprint Nextel Corporation

Supplier Diversity Manager
Dr. Cecila Carter


Vice President, Global Community & Civic Affairs
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 and President
Valentin Castaneda

YMCA of the US

Director, Strategic Sourcing

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Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness is the largest organization of privately owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities", "Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America", and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Business Week and thousands of other print and internet publications. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. Its e-magazine reaches over 3,000,000 readers, an e-newsletter that reaches 2.4 million, and website visitors of 1.2 million a month. It is a leading provider of diversity management tools. DiversityBusiness.comís produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980.

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