PEOPLE & EVENTS
On March 27, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation (GLAAD) held its 17th Annual Media Awards
to honor the best in journalism, film, television and theater.
Presenters ranged from actors to news anchors, and notable
winners included director Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain”
and Melissa Etheridge. VH1 was scheduled to air the
event April 16. “The unprecedented visibility that we
honor and celebrate tonight does not mean we can rest.
It means there’s greater need for our work than ever before,”
remarked GLAAD president, Neil G. Giuliano, on the
(Pictured, left to right) Giuliano, actress Marlo Thomas,
and her husband, talk-show host Phil Donahue.
On March 6, the Jackie Robinson
Foundation (JRF) held its Annual Awards
Dinner at the historic Waldorf-Astoria.
Hosted by entertainer Bill Cosby for the
25th consecutive year, JRF recognized
several individuals who have made significant contributions to furthering education
and for being pioneers in their respective
fields. Notable honorees were Sen. Hillary
Clinton, D-N.Y.; Donald R. Knauss,
president and COO, Coca-Cola North
America (No. 6 on The 2005 DiversityInc
Top 50 Companies for Diversity list); and
Clifton Wharton Jr., the first black CEO
of a Fortune 500 company (TIAA-CREF).
(Pictured, left to right) Cheryl Mills, JRF
board member; David Walker, JRF/Starr
Foundation Scholar; Clinton; Cosby; Erica
Taylor, JRF/Dow Jones Scholar; Jeffrey
Moss, JRF/GE Foundation Scholar; Cory
Adams, JRF/Unilever Scholar. DiversityInc
is a corporate sponsor of the JRF.
On Feb. 27,
Chicago hosted a special 35th
anniversary celebration of
INROADS, a nonprofit organization that trains and develops
young people of color for professional careers. INROADS
announced its new chief alumni
officer, Leslie Arbuthnot. PwC was one of DiversityInc’s 25
Noteworthy Companies in 2005.
(Pictured, left to right) Charles Cornelius, INROADS CEO;
Dennis Howarter, PwC partner; Randy Sanderson, INROADS
vice president; Rod Adams, PwC national diversity sourcing director.
On March 22, the
National Council of Negro
Women (NCNW) held its
8th Annual Uncommon
Height Awards Gala in
Washington, D.C., to honor
some of America’s most
powerful black women.
Recipients of the award
included Ann Fudge, chairman and CEO, Young & Rubicam
Brands; Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, president, Bennett College for
Women and chair of the United Way of America; and Cathy Hughes,
founder and chair of Radio One. The event, whose corporate
sponsors included DiversityInc, raised more than $2.5 million.
(Pictured, left to right) Donald J. Hall, Jr., president & CEO,
Hallmark Cards Inc; Dr. Cole; Ted Childs, vice president, Global
Workforce Diversity IBM.