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Diversity Journal | 2006 Innovations in Diversity Awards

Diversity Journal | 2006 Innovations in Diversity Awards

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The companies listed in the special articles below have distinguished themselves by virtue of the innovative approach they have taken to advance diversity in the workplace and in the communities they serve. In almost all cases, their efforts can be imitated and implemented by others who are still searching for the spark to ignite their own programs.
The companies listed in the special articles below have distinguished themselves by virtue of the innovative approach they have taken to advance diversity in the workplace and in the communities they serve. In almost all cases, their efforts can be imitated and implemented by others who are still searching for the spark to ignite their own programs.

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Profiles in Diversity Journal 
May/June 2006
Best Buy’s Women’s LeadershipForum (woLf)
The Women’s Leadership Forum(woLf) is about Best Buy beingable to better appeal to femaleshoppersthrough the productsthey carry, services they offer,talent they recruit ... and leaders they develop.The program is designed to aid recruitment andretention efforts and to solve business challenges by having teams of women and men at all levels of theorganization work together. In October 2005, 1,200individuals from Best Buys across the nation filledthe State Theater in Minneapolis to learn how they could become part of woLf.Only one year into the program, more than700 individuals haveasked to participate in the woLf program, and morethan 200 are membersof woLf packs. In addition,hundreds of otheremployees plan toparticipate in community give backs, participate asNetwork woLves, or partici-pate in annual woLf events.“What it’s about is paying it forward,” says BrianDunn, chief operating officer. “Paying it to thosearound you and, together, making a huge difference.”This year Best Buy plans to launch 21 new woLf packs.
 Sodexho’s Annual Diversity &Inclusion Report 
In November 2004, Sodexhointroduced its Annual Diversity & Inclusion Report to raiseawareness, expand grassrootsefforts, and encourage dialogueabout diversity.Sodexho’s diversity office recognizes the importanceof building diversity awareness throughout the com-pany, and the report carries out that strategy.By telling employees about the progress and impacteach group is making within the organization, thereport serves a dual purpose: It helps make thebusiness case for diversity, and it celebrates employeeaccomplishments.Since its inception, the annual report hasfostered support throughout the organization andexpansion of grassroots efforts of thousands of employees who are committed to creating aninclusive workplace. The report has helped Sodexhoexpand new business opportunities, retain its existingclients, andopen thedoor to new productofferingsthat addvalue for itsclients.
Here are several innovative programs designed to advance diversity and inclusion from our top award-winning companies.Is there an idea here for your company?
by Damian Johnson

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