people & events
CHAMPIONS OF INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY
Plano, Texas|JCPenney held
its Champions of Inclusion and
Diversity event July 21–23.
The event attracted 175 associates from within the company
and helped create JCPenney’s
Long Range Plan for Inclusion &
Diversity. Foulis Peacock, partner
and cofounder of DiversityInc,
spoke about what was needed Foulis Peacock
to take the company to a higher
diversity-and-inclusion standard. Olden Lee, a former
PepsiCo executive, also spoke about his personal experiences and the importance of inclusion and diversity to
companies that want to succeed in the marketplace.
PepsiCo is No. 28 on The 2008 DiversityInc Top 50
Companies for Diversity® list.
INDUSTRY LIAISON GROUP
Anaheim, Calif.|Luke Visconti, partner and cofounder
of DiversityInc, recently spoke at the 26th Annual
Industry Liaison Group National Conference, which
was held July 29–August 1. The conference, which
was themed “Inclusion, Compliance, Convergence,”
attracted hundreds of top human-resource executives
and professionals from Fortune 500 companies and
small businesses to discuss workplace policies, issues
and strategies. Visconti spoke on DiversityInc.com’s
popular blog “Ask the White Guy.”
CENTRAL NEW JERSEY YWCA
New Brunswick, N.J.|The Tribute to Women in
Industry Award (TWIN) was given at the Central New
Jersey YWCA’s 29th annual awards dinner on June
17. The evening honored Rhonda Crichlow, executive
director of philanthropy and community development at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., and Debbie
Henderson, vice president of neuroscience sales at the
company. Crichlow was recognized for her leadership
in driving the strategy and implementation of Novartis’
philanthropic giving, product donation and employee-volunteerism initiatives. Henderson was honored for
leading the neuroscience sales team, mentoring women
and people of color, and sales and marketing talent,
both inside and outside of Novartis. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. is No. 31 in the DiversityInc Top 50.
(Left to right) Ludwig Hantson, head, Pharma North America and CEO;
Debbie Henderson, vice president of neuroscience sales; Rhonda
Crichlow, executive director, philanthropy and community development; Marilyn Priestley, vice president, diversity and inclusion; Kevin
Rigby, vice president, public affairs.
MGM MIRAGE ANNUAL DIVERSITY REPORT
Detroit|MGM MIRAGE announced its annual diversity
report on June 3 at its MGM Grand Detroit property.
Executives focused on the impact the company’s diversity initiative has had on helping revitalize Detroit’s
economy. The property has financially supported more
than 200 community and civic organizations that
provide social services and support the arts. Employees
have also participated in community service and have
served on more than 30 community and civic boards.
MGM MIRAGE is one of DiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy
Companies in 2008.