WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- One week before the 2004 General Election, the diversity of the American electorate will shine through as over 50 major corporations, 15 U.S. government agencies, women and minority entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations will come together to celebrate and champion diversity at the 11th annual Diversity and Women Leadership Summit and Gala on October 25th and 26th in Washington, D.C. This two-day event, hosted by Diversity Best Practices (DBP) and the Business Women's Network (BWN), spotlights business leaders from near and far who will share their success strategies and insight. The Diversity and Women Leadership Summit & Gala features a world-class keynote line up including: * Stedman Graham, Best Selling Author and Management Consultant * Marsha J. Evans, President & CEO, American Red Cross * Jon Chait, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Highland Group * Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004 The culmination of the conference is the 4th Annual Diversity and Women Leadership Gala Awards Dinner. The Gala Awards Dinner will be held on October 26, 2004 from 6:30-9:30pm and will recognize business leaders who are proven champions and advocates of creating inclusive, respectful, and diverse corporate cultures. Edie Fraser, President and Founder of DBP and BWN, stated, "The leaders recognized in this celebration live diversity. They are taking advantage of every opportunity to create a new business culture that is progressive and inclusive, in addition to lucrative, as diversity has a bottom-line. We commend these remarkable leaders." The 2004 Diversity CEO Leadership Award winners: * BMC Software, Inc.: Robert Beauchamp, President & CEO * Deloitte & Touche USA LLP: James H. Quigley, CEO, Deloitte & Touche * USA LLP and Barry Salzberg, Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP * Entergy Corporation: J. Wayne Leonard, CEO * General Mills, Inc.: Steven W. Sanger, Chairman & CEO * L'Oreal: Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman & CEO (Global Award Winner) * MTV Networks: Tom Freston, Co-President and Co-COO, Viacom, Inc. and Rosalyn Taylor O'Neal, Executive Vice President of Diversity, MTV Networks (Team Award Winners) * Raytheon Company: William H. Swanson, Chairman & CEO * Russell Corporation: John F. (Jack) Ward, Chairman & CEO * Waste Management, Inc.: A. Maurice Myers, Chairman * Xerox Corporation: Anne M. Mulcahy, Chairman & CEO Prior to the Gala Awards Dinner, all of the honorees will hold a frank discussion on corporate diversity and inclusion. Diversity Best Practices' 2004 CEO Roundtable will be moderated by Wall $treet Week with Fortune anchor Karen Gibbs. (Note: The CEO Roundtable will be held on October 26th from 4:30-5:45pm and will be open to members of the media. Any media wishing to cover the CEO Roundtable must contact Brian Heiss by Monday, October 25, 2004.) Sponsors of the 2004 Diversity and Women Summit and Gala include: Title Sponsor: Hudson Highland, Platinum Level Sponsor: Time Warner Inc., Gold Level Sponsors include: Bell South, Cingular, and New Technology Management. For a complete listing of the 2004 Diversity and Women Summit and Gala sponsors, visit http://www.summit.bwni.com/sponsors.html. Diversity Best Practices (DBP) (http://www.diversitybestpractices.com) and The Business Women's Network (BWN) (http://www.bwni.com), are Washington, D.C.-based organizations providing resources, publications, and benchmarking services for diversity and women in business. DBP is a leading resource service that assists leaders and professionals in the development of fully integrated diversity programs. BWN is an information network for professional women around the globe, from first-time entrepreneurs to board members of Fortune 500 companies. Both are subsidiaries of iVillage Inc. (Nasdaq: IVIL), a leading women's media company and the number women's community online. The iVillage Network is the 30th most visited Web site in the U.S. with more than 15 million unique monthly visitors (comScore Media Metrix, August 2004).
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