WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — LATINA Style Magazine proudly announces the 2009 LATINA Style 50 Awards & Diversity Leaders Conference. This year LATINA Style is celebrating the eleventh year of the evaluation that has set the standard for corporate America’s sensitivity to the needs and goals of professional Hispanic women in the workplace. The LATINA Style 50 Report is the most respected evaluation of corporate America’s career development opportunities for Latinas. More than 800 of the most prominent corporations in the United States were included in the extensive search.
Companies responding to LATINA Style’s questionnaire were evaluated based on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace. Among the principal areas of evaluation were: number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women’s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations. Evaluations for the 2008 annual report were based on 2007 data.
Robert E. Bard, President and CEO of LATINA Style Magazine, says, “Slowly but surely, Latinas are making progress in climbing the corporate ladder. However, we still have a long way to go to achieve parity. As the only national Latina publication focusing on the needs and aspirations of professional Latinas, we have a duty to keep Hispanic women informed about corporate America’s best employment practices. We have gone to great lengths to provide a reliable resource for Latinas to evaluate companies, so they can be confident that the 2008 LATINA Style 50 truly represents some of the best opportunities corporate America has to offer.”
The 2008 Company of the Year is Dallas based, AT&T Inc. AT&T Inc. has demonstrated a remarkable and consistent strength in the area of diversity by recognizing the value and advantage of having a culturally diverse workforce. Resource groups such as HACEMOS and the Hispanic Employee Association of AT&T offer professional development and mentoring by senior leadership. Additionally, AT&T Inc. recognizes America’s changing demographics and invests in its youth by providing educational scholarships throughout the country.
Join the most accomplished Latinas in corporate America in celebrating their career success and leadership at the 2009 LATINA Style 50 Awards & Diversity Leaders Conference. The eleventh annual awards ceremony honoring the 2008 LATINA Style 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S. will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at the JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20004.
For more information regarding the LATINA Style 50 Awards & Diversity Leaders Conference, please visit www.latina50.latinastyle.com.
2008 LATINA Style 50 Companies
Allstate Insurance Company
AT&T Inc. – Company of the Year
Bank of America
BNSF Railway Company
General Motors Corporation
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Liz Claiborne Inc.
Marriott International, Inc.
New York Life Insurance Company
Principal Financial Group
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Ryder System, Inc.
Southern California Edison
State Farm Mutual Insurance Companies
The Coca-Cola Company
The Procter & Gamble Company
Union Pacific Railroad Company
Verizon Communications, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wells Fargo & Company
Honorable Mention Companies
Army & Air Force Exchange Service
Bausch & Lomb
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
United Technologies Corporation
SOURCE LATINA Style Magazine