New York Urban League to Honor Champions of Diversity


8th Annual Awards Breakfast Fetes Adecco Group North America, Interpublic Group,
Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, Inc.

The New York Urban League will be saluting four New York City area corporations for their commitment to diversity as part of its 8th annual Champions of Diversity Awards Breakfast.

The event will take place on Monday, February 7, 2011 at The Four Seasons Restaurant in Manhattan, starting at 7:30 a.m. Honorees will include: Adecco Group North America, Interpublic Group, Johnson & Johnson and Macy’s, Inc.  To be considered for the awards, applicants must illustrate their diversity commitment in four major areas — corporate leadership, employment policy, supplier relations and corporate giving.  

“A more diverse workplace produces a more dynamic company better capable of serving a more  global clientele in an ever-changing marketplace,“ observed Arva R. Rice, President and CEO of the New York Urban League.  “I must applaud this year’s honorees for their business acumen in upholding diversity as a fundamental tenet of their corporate philosophy.  Our nation’s competitiveness in the 21st century global economy depends upon it.”

Former N.J. Gov. and Sen. Jon S. Corzine, chairman and CEO of MF Global Holdings Ltd., will be delivering the keynote speech, with Darlene Rodriguez of WNBC-TV as mistress of ceremonies.  Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins and wife Joyce Dinkins serve as honorary co-chairs, with NYUL Board Vice Chair Marilyn F. Booker of Morgan Stanley as Breakfast Chair.

In 2009, Diversity Inc. magazine ranked Johnson & Johnson as the nation’s top company for diversity practices. The company along with Interpublic Group and Macy’s, Inc. won recognition from Human Rights Campaign as a “Best Place to Work” for gay, lesbian and transgendered employees in 2010, while Adecco Group North America topped Savoy Professional’s 2009 rankings of best employers for African-Americans.

The NYUL established the Champions of Diversity awards ceremony in 2004, inspired by corporate America’s outpouring of support for the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the basic principles of affirmative action.

The event’s corporate sponsors include Adecco Group North America, Interpublic Group, Johnson&Johnson and Morgan Stanley, while the media sponsors are Black Enterprise, DiversityPlus, New York Amsterdam News, New York Carib News and The Network Journal .

For more information about the 8th Annual Champions of Diversity Awards Breakfast or other NYUL programs, visit

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