New Brunswick, NJ (February 20, 2013)—The American Conference on Diversity is proud to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations committed to diversity and inclusion at our65th Anniversary State Humanitarian Dinner, a spectacular celebration to be held at the Pleasantdale Château in West Orange, N.J., on April 4. This is one of NJ’s premier events for corporate and community leaders to network, enjoy an evening of entertainment, and raise funds to support youth leadership development programs for students throughout the state.
“On April 4, a day of deep reflection when Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain in 1968, we are reminded of how far we have come and how far we have yet to go,” says American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. “As our organization celebrates 65 years of Defining Moments of Diversity throughout New Jersey during our 2013 State Dinner, we’re also recognizing those who have helped to champion our mission in workplaces, communities, and schools.”
Our 2013 honorees, including the recipient of our new Workplace Transformation Award, are:
- Corporate Humanitarian Award - NASCO, Inc. This integrated claims processor for BlueCross and BlueShield Plans across the country, including American Conference on Diversity’s longtime supporter Horizon BCBS of NJ, has demonstrated a sustained commitment to closing the healthcare disparities gap by bridging the payer gap. Not only has NASCO assembled and supported a strong, talented, and diverse workforce for more than 25 years, but the Atlanta-based company has helped support the American Conference on Diversity’s mission of valuing diversity, educating leaders, and promoting respect for nearly a decade. To learn more about NASCO, visit http://www.nasco.com/ourbusiness.htm.
- Humanitarian Award - John W. Greene, CLU®, ChFC®, Retired Senior Vice President, Prudential Financial. John Greene retired from Prudential in 2012 where he was responsible for the company’s national career distribution system for insurance and investments. Mr. Greene is being recognized for his efforts to drive diversity and inclusion throughout the organization. He is a past member of The American College Board of Trustees, and was active in both the General Agents and Managers Association and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors during his career.
- NEW Workplace Transformation Award - Agency Distribution, The Prudential Insurance Company of America. Under the ongoing leadership of Caroline Feeney, President of Agency Distribution,The Prudential Insurance Company of America, diversity and inclusion continues to be a driver of success in the organization. Agency Distribution, representing more than 50 sales agencies across the country, recognizes the importance of education and awareness in creating a culture of inclusion. To that end, the organization is being recognized for the implementation of a robust training program on diversity and inclusion over the course of five years, reaching approximately 200 representatives in the field. This training along with a culture of accountability has helped move the needle. The following individuals will be accepting this award:
Caroline Feeney, CLU® ChFC®, President, Agency Distribution, The Prudential Insurance Company of America. As the head of Agency Distribution at Prudential, and the first female to hold this position, Feeney is responsible for the national career distribution system comprised of approximately 2,600 financial professionals. Feeney is a member of the National Association for Female Executives Roundtable, The American College Board of Trustees, and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board.
Suzy Domenick, Vice President of Human Resources, Prudential Agency Distribution. Suzy Domenick leads a team of human-resources and employee-relations professionals who provide consulting support to the Agency Distribution organization. The team oversees talent management, diversity and inclusion, performance management, and succession planning. Domenick serves on the Board of Trustees for the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J., and has been a mentor for Women Unlimited for more than a decade.
Gale Britton, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Prudential Agency Distribution. Gale Britton is responsible for the development, communication, and coordination of Agency Distribution’s diversity and inclusion strategy. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Partners for Women and Justice, an organization that provides pro bono attorneys to women victimized by domestic violence. Britton is also the President of the Board of Trustees for Wynona’s House, an advocacy center that promotes healing and justice for child victims of abuse and violence.
"It is important that we continually educate all of our associates on the positive impact an inclusive workplace has on our business and culture,” said Feeney. “When everyone is treated with respect and dignity, and allowed to be authentic, we are all more productive and innovative.”
The American Conference on Diversity will debut our full-length “Defining Moments of Diversity” video. This collection of heart-felt personal diversity stories submitted via social media and shot on location during our yearlong anniversary celebration events will encourage other organizations and individuals to commit to our mission of valuing diversity, educating leaders, and promoting respect.
To purchase tickets for the 65th Anniversary State Humanitarian Dinner and to register, call Barbara Getze, our Gala coordinator, at (800) 626-8097. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Special Anniversary ads are also available. Please contact Linda Tondow at linda@AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org for more information.
About the American Conference on Diversity
The programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity, which has been serving schools, organizations, workplaces, and communities in New Jersey since 1948, builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates eight chapters to help us to educate and empower leaders and bring our messages of inclusion and respect to communities throughout New Jersey: Atlantic County Chapter, Bayonne Chapter, Central Jersey Chapter, Essex County Chapter, Greater Bergen Chapter, Hudson County Chapter, Jersey Shore Chapter, and Mercer County Chapter. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.