Melville, NY (June 15, 2006) – Joyce Russell, chief operating officer of Adecco USA was recognized by the Women’s Venture Fund today for her leadership of an initiative to help workers displaced in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Following the disaster, reports indicated that around 400,000 jobs might be lost as a result. Joyce immediately launched a company-wide initiative that brought together senior management at Adecco corporate headquarters along with executives in its branch offices.
As a result of her efforts, Adecco ‘mobile career centers’ were placed in evacuation shelters across the Southern states, which included job searching facilities and practical help for men and women anxious to get back on their feet and back to work. Adecco also provided food, clothing and transportation to job sites, and worked with many of their clients throughout the region to engage them in the initiative and help those most affected. This face-to-face approach, with an emphasis on practical support, helped get more than 500 evacuees into employment and on track to rebuilding their lives.
“Adecco’s goal is to help people and businesses realize their full potential,” said Raymond T. Roe, president of Adecco North America. “Joyce’s organization of our response to Hurricane Katrina made sure we accomplished this. I am immensely proud of her achievement and gratified that we could offer some hope to those facing circumstances more difficult than most of us could imagine.”
The “Highest Leaf” award is given out by the Women’s Venture Fund (WVF) and has honored exceptional business and professional women each year since its inception in 2003. The WVF is a not-for-profit organization working to foster leadership and entrepreneurship among women. As role models within their own professions, Highest Leaf recipients exemplify the attributes that WVF seeks to instill among those it works with.
“The Highest Leaf award celebrates women as risk-takers, who creatively leverage resources to initiate new ventures and business strategies that make a difference within their organizations,” said Maria Otero, WVF founder and president.
“In addition to their daily responsibilities, our honorees have also found time to mentor others, paving the way for future leaders. The Women’s Venture Fund is proud to recognize these inspiring women.”