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DiversityInc announced honors last night for seven U.S. companies that showcase best practices for workplace diversity. Top executives from some of the largest and most successful companies operating in the United States accepted their awards at a dinner held at the New York Marriott Marquis. Suppliers, customers and employees also attended the conference anddinner to network and share best practices.


The DiversityInc Special Awards winners are:


Global Diversity: Accenture

Accepting Award: Stephen J. Rohleder, Group Chief Executive—North


Supplier Diversity: Wyndham Worldwide

Accepting Award: Stephen Holmes, Chairman and CEO

Accepting Award: George Chavel, President and CEO

Accepting Award: Stephen Howe Jr., Americas Managing Partner


Diversity-Management Progress: Novartis Pharmaceuticals


Inclusive Culture: MasterCard Worldwide


Employee Resource Groups: Merck & Co.

Accepting Award: Christi Shaw, President

Accepting Award: Ajay Banga, President and CEO

Accepting Award: Willie Deese, Executive Vice President and

President, Merck Manufacturing Division


“In order to earn one of our special awards, a company needs to demonstrate full commitment to diversity, starting at the top,” explained DiversityInc Founder and CEO Luke Visconti. “These companies have proven time and again that they get it. The executives who accepted the awards take a hands-on approach to priorities like building meaningful employee resource groups and supporting compensation incentives for meeting diversity goals.”

Earlier in the day, DiversityInc hosted a conference on Building Your Diversity Brand: How to Improve Pipeline, Talent Development and Supplier Diversity.


For a full agenda and list of speakers, presenters, and awardees, click here

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