people & events
NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
(Above, left to right) Pamela Alexander, director of community
development and fund operations, Ford Motor Company Fund, and
Beverly Robertson, president of the National Civil Rights Museum
NOVANT HEALTH’S DIVERSITY RETREAT
Concorde, N.C. | Luke
Visconti, DiversityInc partner and cofounder, was the
keynote speaker at the 3rd
annual Diversity Retreat
of Novant Health, a nonprofit healthcare system
that serves more than 3. 5
million in counties throughout Virginia and the
Luke Visconti Carolinas. Visconti spoke
on the importance of diversity in the healthcare sector. He addressed closing the racial gap in healthcare
delivery and how to end oppression by race, gender,
orientation, disability and age.
EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Troy, Mich. | Monica Martinez, vice president of
Business Affairs at Comerica (No. 37 on The 2007
DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list),
was named Executive of the Year by the Detroit
chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.
The award recognizes an executive who advocates
for a diverse work force, including supporting the
professional development and career advancement
of employees of color.
Memphis, Tenn. | The Ford Motor Company Fund,
the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Co. (No. 5 on
The 2007 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for
Diversity® list), announced a $1-million grant to the
National Civil Rights Museum during the museum’s
annual Freedom Award program on Nov. 12.
The museum is located at the Lorraine Motel, the
assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The
contribution will support refurbishment of the museum’s permanent exhibits, the addition of new interactive and adaptive media technology and increased
capability for flexibility in educational programming.
MONSANTO’S DIVERSITY COUNCIL
St. Louis, Mo. | DiversityInc
Partner and Cofounder
Foulis Peacock was among
the invited speakers
at Monsanto’s Diversity
Council kickoff meeting at
Monsanto headquarters on
Nov. 1. Monsanto is
an agricultural company
that supports farmers
across the globe.
D WIGH T CAR TER
YOUNG HISPANIC CORPORATE ACHIEVERS
Washington, D.C. | The Hispanic Association on
Corporate Responsibility (HACR) honored 28 young
professional executives at its inaugural Young
Hispanic Corporate Achievers program on Nov. 7.
The honorees were all Latinos between 25 and 40
years old, employed by a Fortune 500 company or
HACR corporate member.
The candidates were nominated by their companies and were evaluated based on their demonstrated
leadership qualities, commitment to their community, education and employment experiences and
The awardees took part in a one-day leadership-development and networking program. The competition was sponsored by Ford Motor Co., Comcast and
Philip Morris USA. Ford and Comcast are Nos. 5 and
48, respectively, on the Top 50.