Dialogue on Diversity Announces Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards

Dialogue on Diversity Announces Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards


Washington, D.C.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Oct. 6, 2003–Dialogue on Diversity, a non-profit organization for business and professional women of all ethnic and national communities, announced today the honorees of the organization’s Ninth Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards. The Awards Presentation and Reception ceremonies will take place on Wednesday, October 8, 2003, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hall of the Americas, Organization of American States, Seventeenth Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. The 2003 Awards are presented by Dialogue on Diversity as part of a newly formed strategic partnership with LATINA Style, a leading magazine directed to Latina professionals and entrepreneurs.

“The Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards are a celebration and expression of Dialogue on Diversity’s goals,” said Ma. Cristina Caballero, president, Dialogue on Diversity. “We are committed to the creative exchange of experience, ideas and support to overcome the economic and civic challenges that women face in every country, in every social community around the globe.”

The evening program, themed “Women of Achievement: Pride of the Americas,” will feature remarks by Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, U.S. Representative, United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The Hon. Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary of State, Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Rep. Hilda Solis, (D?R? – Ca.) also will speak.

Award Honorees are as follows:

The Corporate Award

— Computer Sciences Corporation, for its promotion of effective entrepreneurship among its women and minority vendors.

The 2003 Mentorship Award

— Dr. Marsha Firestone, founder, the national Women Presidents Organization.

Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards, honoring women entrepreneurs of outstanding accomplishment

— Dr. Theresa Marshall, The Hooper Group, a national hospitality industry organization.

— Rebecca De Paris, De Paris Caterers and Special Events, Washington, D.C.

While Dialogue on Diversity’s awards in past years have primarily recognized women’s achievement, this first Global Diversity Award, recognizes a man who has contributed to the advancement of all Americans.

The Global Diversity Award, recognizing pioneering work in developing systems

of supplier diversity in American industry

— Henry O. Hernandez, Executive Director, Global Diversity Leadership, Pitney Bowes.

The Trailblazer Awards, honoring women whose careers of innovative and effective achievement have opened doors for women in economic and civic life

— Hon. Rebecca Contreras, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Chief Human Capital Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury.

— Barbara Mujica, Associate Professor of Spanish Literature, Georgetown University, and novelist.

The 2003 International Award

— Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Director, Institute for Women and Public Policy, The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, for her contributions to creative conversation on international relations among the world’s many cultural and national communities.

The Liberty Award, granted to two women for meritorious work in the cause of human rights.

— Amneh Daoud Badran and Terry Greenblatt, advancing conciliation between Israelis and Palestinains, have exhibited courage and intelligence in enhancing the cause of civil society and peaceful dialogue in the Middle East.

Corporate Hosts for Dialogue on Diversity’s 2003 programs are Citibank, F.S.B.; The Fannie Mae Foundation; The Microsoft Corporation; Nextel Communications; and Pitney Bowes.

Fee for the Awards Presentation and Reception is $50 ($35 for members of Dialogue on Diversity). To attend the Forum, contact the Dialogue on Diversity office at 703-631-0617.

Dialogue on Diversity, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to fostering creative conversation and an interchange of concepts and experience among business and professional women of all ethnic and national communities. It has especially promoted the cause of economic viability as a key means for women in asserting their just influence in domestic, social and political communities. Visit the Dialogue’s website, http://www.dialogueondiversity.org, for information on Forum registration and background on the Dialogue, its goals, and its panoply of programs.



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Dialogue on Diversity Announces Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards