DiversityFIRST™ Leadership Award

Overview

Nominations should reflect efforts and achievements in the field of diversity and inclusion by individuals, businesses, corporations, community groups or non-profit organizations. The efforts and achievements must have been demonstrated through specific work with other individuals or groups, or through a specific product, initiative, innovative program or activity that has a visible, tangible, or measurable impact on the perception of, attitude toward, and respect for a truly inclusive environment, where individuals are valued for their talent and able to reach their full potential.

 

Individual DiversityFIRST™ Leadership Award

The Texas Diversity Council’s DiversityFIRST™ Leadership Award is awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in the promotion and advancement of diversity through inclusion and strong leadership. Leadership qualities should include the following.

  • A track record of balanced decision-making and an appreciation for multiple perspectives.
  • A breadth of perspectives, a range of experiences that reflect flexibility, and the ability to transcend narrow experiences and issues.
  • A demonstrated ability to value and respect diverse points of view and varied ways to approach issues and topics.

Earning this award is evidence of the individual’s level of commitment to effectively valuing and managing diversity to achieve excellence, and make a positive difference in their organizations and communities.

Award Criteria
The nominee should be at a leadership level in the organization of a decision-maker who has responsibility for profit and loss and influences other business results. January 2016 through April 2017 for all markets (Central Texas, Dallas, Fort Worth, Gulf Coast and San Antonio) in the following areas of focus:

  • Workforce Diversity
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Multicultural Outreach
  • Community Involvement

Nominations should reflect efforts and achievements in the field of diversity and inclusion by individuals, businesses, corporations, community groups or non-profit organizations. The efforts and achievements must have been demonstrated through specific work with other individuals or groups, or through a specific product, initiative, innovative program or activity that has a visible, tangible, or measurable impact on the perception of, attitude toward, and respect for a truly inclusive environment, where individuals are valued for their talent and able to reach their full potential.

 

Corporate DiversityFIRST™ Leadership Award

This prestigious award will be presented to a business, corporation, or organization that has:

  1. Developed and implemented an effective equal opportunity program or initiative as demonstrated by a diversified work force in which all persons are afforded opportunities for employment and upward mobility, regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination.
  2. Exhibited visionary and insightful leadership to confront and resolve inequities through strategic decision-making, allocation of resources, and establishment of priorities.
  3. Enhanced the quality of life of the community for the improvement of equal opportunity and for the provision of greater access to government and government services by multiracial and multicultural populations and increased citizen participation in government or community activities by all segments of the community.
  4. Demonstrated a consistent pattern of an organizational commitment to the recruitment and retention of individuals of underrepresented populations.
  5. Cultivated and promoted or promotes diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable work and learning environment.
  6. Demonstrated continued corporate responsibility by devoting resources for the improvement of the community-at-large.

 

Notification and Official Announcement of the Winners

The DiversityFIRST™ Leadership Awards for 2017 will be presented during the Annual Best Practices and DiversityFIRST™ Awards Luncheons in October (Central Texas, Dallas, Gulf Coast and San Antonio) and November (Fort Worth). The winners will be notified no later than four weeks prior to the event date so that arrangements can be made for their participation, along with family, friends, and colleagues. Communications regarding the award winners will be publicized through various media sources.

Deadline for Nominations

All information must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Please note that there will be no extensions granted.

 

Submittal

Submit the information using one of the 3 following.

Mail
Texas Diversity Council
P.O. Box 764828
Dallas, TX 75376-4828

Email
info@texasdiversitycouncil.org

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  • Provide data and/or narrative supportive of the individual's, corporation's or organization's commitment and impact to Recruitment, Talent Management/Retention, and Cultural Competency.
  • Provide Data and/or narrative relative to the individual's, corporation's or organization's commitment to establishing relationships and increased spending with M/WBE's
  • Provide data and/or narrative supportive of the individual's, corporation's or organization's involvement with the local community and volunteerism.
  • Provide data and/or narrative supportive of the individual's, corporation's or organization's involvement in the areas of improving services and product needs and preferences of diverse consumer bases.