The 2009 list is distinctive, with CEOs from high-profile companies like Cisco, The New York Times Company, OfficeMax and WellPoint.
The winners of the 2009 CEO Diversity Leadership Award:
- John W. Rogers Jr., Chairman and CEO; Ariel Investments LLC
- John Chambers, Chairman and CEO; Cisco Systems Inc.
- Janet Robinson, President and CEO; The New York Times Company
- Sam K. Duncan, Chairman and CEO; OfficeMax Inc.
- James M. Rishwain Jr., Firm Chair; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- Joseph R. Swedish, President, CEO and Chief Diversity Officer; Trinity Health
- Angela F. Braly, President and CEO; WellPoint, Inc.
Diversity Best Practices will honor these leaders and their companies at the organization’s annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Summit & Gala in Washington, D.C., Oct. 6, 2009. The celebration includes the Gala Awards Dinner plus the CEO Forum, where winners answer questions in front of a live audience of chief diversity officers and their teams, sharing best practices about how CEOs embed diversity commitment and inclusion excellence throughout all levels of their companies.
“I am so proud of our 2009 awardees. These CEOs have shown a long-term commitment and deep passion for diversity that proves out through excellent corporate initiatives,” says Carol Evans, who heads Diversity Best Practices. “Our honorees possess exemplary leadership traits and serve as role models to their communities and to our country. As we saw at our recent CEO Roundtable, the impact that a CEO has on a company’s culture is enormous and is key to successful diversity and inclusion work.”
Companies and their CEOs are nominated for this award and fill out an extensive application about their commitment, practices and programs that evidence corporate diversity leadership and CEO commitment. Applications are reviewed by the selection committee of Diversity Best Practices.