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2011 Summer Edition


Harry R. Gibbs, MD

Greetings from Harry R. Gibbs, MD

Welcome to the Council newsletter. We hope that you will find interesting and valuable information within.

Over the past few decades we have moved from civil rights to affirmative action to diversity to inclusion and now to cultural competency. And yet, although the names have changed, the goals have remained the same.

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Corporate Member Profile: Rackspace


At Rackspace our diversity and inclusion mission is to create an environment that everyone wants to join and no one wants to leave – we want our employees to love what they do. Rackspace’s Diversity and Inclusion program currently focuses on educating our employees about the benefits of valuing diversity and inclusion through course offerings and various multiple messages throughout our workplace.

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Texas Diversity Council Recognizes Top CEOs in the State

Top CEOs award picture 1 Top CEOs award picture 2

After an extensive nomination and selection process, the Texas Diversity Council named three chief executive officers and a managing partner of one of the state's law firms as the 2011 Champions of Diversity. The awards are the first given by the council to recognize CEOs for their efforts and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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2011 Texas Woman of the Year

By Beth Douglass Silcoxx

Dr. Lora Villareal

Dr. Lora Villarreal
Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
ACS, A Xerox Company

Dr. Lora Villarreal’s business is people—leading, listening and generally taking care at ACS, A Xerox Company in Dallas. The Chief People Officer mantel she wears tells but a portion of Villarreal’s story, which began in the barrio of East L.A. and now earns her the distinction of 2011 National Diversity Council Woman of the Year.

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2011 Most Powerful & Influential Women

Most Powerful and Influential Women awards

Each year, the National Diversity Council sets aside time during the Texas Diversity & Leadership Conference to honor women across the Texas markets for their significant achievements throughout the previous year. April 7, 2011 was no different as we recognized women from a wide range of industries during the Most Powerful & Influential Women of Texas Awards Breakfast sponsored by Valero Energy Corporation.

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2011 Diversity Champion Award Winners

Most Powerful and Influential Women awards

The Texas Diversity Council Champion™ Award is given each year to individuals who contributed significantly to the mission of the organization to advance inclusion in the workplace of a diverse workforce.  Individuals from each affiliated council in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas are recognized during the annual state Diversity & Leadership Conference.  This year we are proud to present the winners listed below.Read More




The Council for Corporate Responsibility

Most Powerful and Influential Women awards

The National Diversity Council is excited to launch our newest initiative, the Council for Corporate Responsibility, which is an organization that champions Corporate Responsibility as an imperative for businesses to do well. The Council defines Corporate Responsibility as a company's belief that the true measure of its wealth is directly linked to...

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Kennedy Foundation Launching in 2012

Most Powerful and Influential Women awards

The Kennedy Foundation is non-profit organization, which will serve as a cornerstone for the community by lending support for those in need, and providing college students the opportunity to give back. Officially launching in 2012, the foundation will be run entirely by college students from Houston area universities, such as Rice, University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, and Texas Southern University.

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Leadership Changes for Greater San Antonio Advisory Board

By Sarah Paulk

This year will bring a change in leadership for the Greater San Antonio Advisory Board of the Texas Diversity Council, as Otis L. Scott, Jr., better known as Scotty, steps down from his role as president. Scotty, who began serving in this capacity in 2008, was a founding member of the Council when it launched in 2004.

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The Launch of the Greater Fort Worth Advisory Board

After several months of planning and coordination, the Texas Diversity Council (TXDC) staff with the assistance of some of our corporate members reached out to potential corporate and organization leaders to provide information about our organization and obtain interest in creating a regional advisory board in the Greater Fort Worth area.Read More




Take This Job and Love It!

By Bonnie D. Monych, CPC, CM

Ok, so we have all probably heard the song "Take This Job and Shove It: I ain't working here no more!" Some years ago when I had a weekly radio segment, it was suggested by the producer that I should use this very song as my 'bumper' music (that's radio talk for music played before and after the segment) but my instincts told me that this song just did not represent the overall message of my segment on workplace issues. . . and I still feel that way.

Due to the current crazy and unpredictable economy which directly affects the job market, seems like I am hearing from more and more disgruntled employees who feel really STUCK.

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For information on membership opportunities for the Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio areas contact:

Angeles Valenciano
Vice President, Business Development
Texas Diversity Council

For information on membership opportunities for the Gulf Coast (Houston) or Central Texas (Austin) areas contact:

Jason deGroot
Vice President
Texas Diversity Council

Allstate Insurance Company
American General Life
Air Liquide
Aviall Inc.
Baylor Health Care System
GS Marketing
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
Seton Healthcare Family
Southwest Airlines*
Waste Management

*National Members


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2011 Texas Diversity Conference Highlights


We are committed to diversity and the transformation of our workplace and community into environments where people are valued for their uniqueness and are secure in the knowledge that their efforts make a difference.


Enhance appreciation for and understanding of the value of Diversity and Inclusion...


Promote Diversity in the workplace and community...



Leadership that values diversity and inclusion and stimulates the potential of each individual to contribute and achieve his/her goals...



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Valic Andrews Kurth AT&T Brinker International
CenterPoint Energy Cigna CNA CPS Energy
GenOn Energy DART Dallas County Community College District Texas Health Resources
DFW Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Harland Clarke HEB Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
KPMG Metro Rackspace Hosting
Mercedes-Benz Financial Schlumberger Southern Methodist University
Texas National Guard Texas Tech University System University of Texas - Arlington
The University of Texas - Austin The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center VIA Metropolitan Transit
Southwest Airlines Thompson & Knight University of North Texas System
UTSA Seton Healthcare Family USAA


Cricket Ericsson Lee Hecht Harrison Macaroni Grill
Sysco Strasburger, Attorneys at Law
Air Liquide Toyota Sedwick, Deter, Moran & Arnold LLP
Lockheed Martin Chartis


Alamo Colleges Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Applied Materials Baker Botts The City of San Antonio
Clear Channel Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce AAFES - Army and Air Force Exchange Service
Hidi KCI Methodist Healthcare
Memorial Hermann The Methodist Hospital System Molina Healthcare
TCU Neeley School of Business Pflugerville ISD Raytheon
South Texas Blood and Tissue Southwest Research Institute Texas Business Alliance
University of Texas - San Antonio UT Health Science Center - San Antonio GS Marketing
Southwestern Medical Center Valero University of the Incarnate Word St. Mary's University
Baylor Bayside Printing Company, Inc. Medical City
Waste Management American General Life Companies Microsoft AVIALL