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10 Companies Recognized For Diversity in Gala Thurs. 10/24

Published 10-23-02

Submitted by iVillage Inc.

Washington, DC - Diversity is America's strength, say leaders from 10 prestigious companies coming to the Women and Diversity Leadership Summit & Gala on Thursday October 24, 2002. The event will be at the Omni Shoreham Hotel's Regency Room, 2500 Calvert St., NW Washington D.C., from 7-9:30 p.m.

This celebration recognizes dynamic organizations for making diversity central to their mission, workforce, and markets. The following company leaders will accept Corporate Leadership Awards for Diversity on behalf of their companies in a dinner ceremony:

· Sharon Larkin, VP of Diversity & HR, Abbott Laboratories
· F. Duane Ackerman, Chairman, President, & CEO, BellSouth
· Barbara Krumsiek, President & CEO, Calvert Group
· Bill Coley, Group President, Duke Power
· Ted Childs, VP, Global Workforce Diversity, IBM
· Stephen Young, SVP, Global Diversity, JPMorgan Chase
· Mike S. Zafirovski, President and Chief Operating Officer, Motorola
· Steve Miller, President & CEO, Shell Oil Company, retired
· Douglas N. Daft, Chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
· Bruce Gordon, President, Retail Markets Group, Verizon

Ted Childs, VP, Global Workforce Diversity, IBM, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking work in diversity leadership in corporate America.

Other distinguished attendees of the Women and Diversity Leadership Summit & Gala include Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman and CEO of Carlson Companies, Betsy Bernard, President-Elect of AT&T, Tim Solso, Chairman and CEO, Cummins, Fred J. Kleisner, Chairman & CEO, Wyndham International, and Miriam Muley, Executive Director of the Center of Expertise on Diversity and Growth Markets at General Motors.

Corporate leaders may be available for interviews in a special reception on Thursday, Oct. 24th, in the Ambassador Room of the Omni Shoreham Hotel from 6-7:30 p.m. The dinner and awards ceremony follows in the Regency Room. Attending media must RSVP by contacting Shane McLaughlin, 202 463-3780,

The Gala honoring these companies is the culmination of two days of events hosted by Diversity Best Practices (DBP) and the Business Women's Network (BWN), two Washington-based
organizations providing professional resources and benchmarking services for women and minorities in organizations of all size and type.

The Corporate Leadership Awards for Diversity are based on the following criteria:

· Embracing diversity as an integral part of recruiting, retention, and corporate mission
· Creating truly progressive diversity initiatives in all areas and functions of business
· Making exceptional commitments to community and philanthropic activities relating to diversity
· Championing diversity leadership in all levels of an organization
· Planning the expansion of diversity as a business imperative.

Said Edie Fraser, President and CEO of DBP and BWN, "We are recognizing champions of diversity. These companies have launched progressive diversity initiatives with internal councils and networks for diversity. These organizations embrace succession planning and mentoring for the professional development of all employees. They collectively prioritize diversity as the future of business and essence of our country."

Global Day

The events begin Wednesday Oct. 23 with Global Day, which also takes place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Global day brings together delegates from the U.S. and around the world to discuss news and issues facing entrepreneurs in international industries. Some of Global Day's events, which take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., include:

· Panel discussion of trends affecting the global marketplace
· Panel discussion on technology and entrepreneurship
· Presentation on financing global businesses
· Discussion of women's health issues
· Roundtable discussion on fostering international growth
· Presentation on tapping consumer markets globally
· Special training session in export businesses to assist companies seeking to expand their market base.

Business Women's Network Summit

The Business Women's Network Summit kicks off at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in a special reception at the Omni Shoreham Hotel's Blue Room hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairwoman of the National Women's Business Council and Chairwoman and CEO of Carlson Companies, will remark on some of the issues facing women in business today.

Sessions for the Business Women's Network Summit continue at the Omni Shoreham on Thursday, Oct. 24. The opening keynote will be delivered by Betsy Bernard, President-Elect, AT&T Corporation, from 8:15-8:35 a.m. Throughout the day, women from the corporate and entrepreneurial world will address challenges facing women in business leadership.

Featured afternoon events and breakout sessions will address the following themes:

· The future for working women
· Access to capital for women
· Today's leading women in business
· The power of communication

The afternoon's keynote address will be delivered by Fred J. Kleisner, Chairman and Chief Executive officer, Wyndham International. The afternoon's events conclude at 3 p.m.

Attending CEOs will attend a special CEO roundtable from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Omni Shoreham. This roundtable is not open to the media. Once this roundtable has concluded, participants and special guests will gather for a reception in the Ambassador Room from 6-7:00 p.m. Media are invited to this reception, provided they RSVP to Shane McLaughlin: 202 463-3780

The evening's events feature dinner and an awards ceremony from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Omni Shoreham's Regency Room honoring some of the world's most progressive companies for diversity leadership. Included will be multimedia presentations, video, and entertainment embracing themes of diversity, inclusion, and solidarity.

The Omni Shoreham Hotel is located at 2500 Calvert St., NW, Washington D.C. 202 234-0700. For more information visit, send email to, or call 202 463-3780.

About BWN and DBP: The Business Women's Network (BWN) and Diversity Best Practices (DBP) are Washington-based organizations providing resources, publications, and benchmarking services for women and minorities in business of all size and sector. BWN is an information network for millions of professional women around the globe, from first-time entrepreneurs to board members of Fortune 500 companies. DBP is a leading management resource service that assists diversity leaders and professionals in the development of their fully integrated diversity programs. Both are owned by iVillage, the premier women's media company. is the most visited women's Web site with 16 million monthly visitors.

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