PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi to Be Named Chicago United's 2008 Bridge Award Recipient at 40th Anniversary Gala Award honors exemplary leadership in corporate diversity and inclusion
The National Bridge Award will be presented at Chicago United's 5th Annual
Changing Color of Leadership Conference and 40th Anniversary Gala on
The Bridge Award represents the first national award that honors a CEO who is an advocate for multiracial diversity in corporate governance and executive level management. In keeping with the spirit of Chicago United's advocacy for the development of multiracial leadership at all levels in business, this award brings visibility to those who have driven change and inspire others to follow. The National Bridge Award honors the exemplary practices of a Fortune 100 corporation.
A committee of corporate and non-profit executives, entrepreneurs and academicians selected Nooyi as the Bridge Awardee based on an examination of publicly-available data along with select qualitative attributes of the company, such as supplier and workforce diversity.
"I am extremely honored to be recognized as Chicago United's National Bridge Award recipient," said Nooyi. "At PepsiCo we strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment that encourages every associate to bring his or her whole self to work -- not just because it's the right thing to do, but also because diversity in the workplace unleashes creativity and the power of innovation." She added, "Having people with different backgrounds and experiences gives us marketplace insights that enable us to serve our consumers, retail customers and communities. Diversity and inclusion are essential to PepsiCo's growth and are a strategic priority for our business."
"PepsiCo exhibits the strategic value that resonates with Chicago United's
mission to promote competitiveness through the use of corporate diversity and
"We applaud Ms. Nooyi and PepsiCo for leading by example and being champions of a new benchmark for diversity in management, and business partnerships," said Castillo. "Their investment in diversity and inclusion helps to foster innovative approaches to sustain continuous growth in an increasingly competitive marketplace."
The 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference
The 5th Annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference will feature a series of six workshop sessions that will provide participants with in-depth insights of diversity and inclusion practices that are crucial to the success of an organization. Nationally recognized experts in the field of diversity will highlight current trends, best practices, and strategies for minority business enterprises to grow their businesses and for corporate professionals to develop multiracial leadership in their organizations.
Some of the discussions, presenters and moderators include:
-- Diverse Talent-Management Strategies: Effective Mentoring Relationships
-- Diversity and Organizational Performance: Quantifying the Connection
presented by Dr.
-- Career-Building Learning Experiences for Winning Diverse Workforces
-- Diversity at the Top: Recruiting and Retaining Emerging Executives
For more information regarding Chicago United's 5th Annual Changing Color Leadership Conference and 40th Anniversary Gala or to register for the Conference, please visit http://chicago-united.org/conference/index.html.
About Chicago United
Chicago United is the catalyst driving business leaders to maximize
economic impact for all races. Created in 1968, Chicago United was the first
group to bring together racially diverse CEOs with a common goal of creating a
stronger social and economic climate for everyone in
PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) is one of the world's largest food and beverage
companies, with 2007 annual revenues of more than
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