Nominate Your Diversity Champion
The Forum on Workplace Inclusion invites you to nominate an organization, individual or yourself to receive this year's Winds of Change diversity award.
The Diversity Award program began in 2008 to recognize individuals or organizations who show exemplary insight and fortitude toward workplace diversity issues.
Nominations can be made for one of the following categories:
Group within an organization (ERG, diversity council, business resource)
Nominations are now closed. The Forum would like to thank all those who submitted nominations.
Provide a description in support of of the award criteria including a summary of the goals set, the actions taken and the outcomes achieved by the nominee in major categories of diversity and inclusion such as recruitment & retention, employee engagement, benefits, community outreach, etc.
Award recipients will be announced in December and celebrated at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion on March 20, 2014.
The Winds of Change Award goes to an individual or organization that:
Has demonstrated sustained support for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Has raised awareness of workplace diversity and inclusion issues
Has been a catalyst for change regarding workplace diversity and inclusion and/or has impacted change within an industry, organization or local community
The Friend of the Forum Award goes to an individual who:
Has demonstrated sustained support of the Multicultural Forum
Has made significant contributions to the Multicultural Forum in time, talent, leadership, content, vision or financial support
Has increased visibility or helped expand the Multicultural Forum within the local community or throughout the United States
Has expanded the focus of the Multicultural Forum as a nationally recognized premier diversity conference
The 2013 Diversity Award recipients
Howard Ross (Winds of Change, Individual)
|Nominated by Mark McLane, head of global diversity and inclusion for Barclays Bank in London, Howard Ross is this year’s Winds of Change awardee in the individual category. Mark’s nomination calls out the power of Howard’s ideas and convictions, making him one of the most influential voices in diversity, leadership and organizational transformation. Mark goes on to say that Howard has been able to transform his lifelong commitment to social justice into a cogent and relevant narrative that reaches into board rooms and C-suites of organizations of all sizes around the world. For this and many more reasons the Forum’s awards committee is proud to present to Howard Ross the Winds of Change award.|
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Winds of Change, Organization)
|The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is the 2013 Winds of Change awardee in the organizational category. Several years ago they set out to transform the work they were doing in diversity and inclusion. They developed a three year plan focused on four strategies: company culture; recruitment, development and retention of a diverse workforce; culturally competent, high quality healthcare and promoting dignity and respect and economic development in the communities where they operate and beyond. Today, their ambitious efforts are in full swing. The medical center has been heralded as a top 10 best hospital by U.S. News and World Report and their Dignity and Respect campaign has been rolled out across the country in workplaces, community centers and schools. Because of their comprehensive approach and sense of mission to create a better world and workplace, the Forum is happy to present the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with one of the 2013 Winds of Change awards.|
Elsa Batica (Friend of the Forum)
|With the 25th anniversary of the Forum, it seemed most appropriate to honor Elsa Batica as this year’s Friend of the Forum. As we looked back over the past 25 years, we realized she was the firstóthe very firstóworkshop presenter at the conference, speaking at the 1993 Forum on cross-cultural communications. She is also the only person we have found who was at the very first Forum in 1989 and is still involved today. Elsa has been a speaker multiple times and a planning committee member for a number of years. She has also been a volunteer, a session host, a sponsor and, of course, an attendee. While some have come close to her longevity, none have been involved with the Forum in so many ways. Congratulations, Elsa. Your vision and leadership have taken the Forum from a local|
teleconference for 75 people to a national conference for more than 2,000!
Friend of the Forum Award:
Lyle H. Iron Moccasin (2012)
Sue Plaster (2011)
Jim Burnett (2010)
Syl Booth (2009)
Terri Ricci (2008)
Vivian Tanniehill (2008)
Winds of Change Award:
City of Brooklyn Park's Human Rights Commission (2012)
ConAgra Foods (2012)
Emily King (2012)
Chaplain John Morris (2011)
Dr. Reath Clark King (2010)
Deb Dagit (2010)
Lee Butcher (2009)
Ghafar Lakanwal (2009)
Richard (Dick) Gaskins (2008)
Eric Watson (2008)