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.
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.
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.
By Beth Douglass Silcoxx
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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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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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