PLANO, Texas and WASHINGTON, DC, November 13, 2008 - A strong corporate culture that invests in diversity and inclusion is one of the greatest competitive advantages a company can maintain. On November 13, 2008, Diversity Best Practices (DBP) will host its 15th annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Summit & Gala at the JW Marriott in Washington.
For his continuous efforts, Tony Affuso will be recognized at the event as a winner of the prestigious 2008 Diversity Best Practices CEO Diversity Leadership Award. This venerable award pays tribute to champions of corporate diversity for their exemplary leadership and for innovative and positive responses to demographic shifts in the global workforce and marketplace.
CEOs establish the corporate culture and the business agenda. They are the most visible embodiment of their companies’ ethics and values. Their passion for diversity spreads throughout every level of their companies, easing the often difficult transition into a world of globalization and constant demographic changes.
“Over the course of the past two and a half years, Siemens diversity practices have attained a higher level of excellence due in no small part to the leadership and personal investment of time and energy on the part of our CEO Champions,” states Joe Santana, Senior Director of Diversity for Siemens in the USA.
Affuso understands that embracing diversity creates happier and more loyal employees and customers. And inclusive business practices help companies relate to the evolving public in a more effective way. Acceptance of employees, regardless of their background, is not only the right thing to do, it is also critical to business success.
According to Affuso, "The diversity of our people is critical to helping Siemens PLM Software maintain its leadership position in the PLM industry and its focus on customers. Through our community service initiatives, university grants and training programs we’re able to reach people from all walks of life that bring a special depth to our company.”
For more information on Siemens’ diversity and inclusion initiatives, please visit: http://www.usa.siemens.com/en/jobs_careers/diversity/index.htm.
For more information on the 2008 Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Summit & Gala, please visit: http://www.summit.diversitybestpractices.com.
Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ initiative leads the industry in the commercial value of the in-kind grants it provides and brings together four complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development and the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) program. GO PLM provides PLM technology to more than 950,000 students yearly at nearly 9,300 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from middle schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on GO PLM and the partners and programs it supports visit http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/about_us/goplm/index.shtml.
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of Siemens Industry Sector, is worldwide leading in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.
Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, and operates in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. For more than 160 years, Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation and the quality of its products, services and solutions. With nearly 400,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide sales of $96.6 billion in fiscal 2007. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA reported sales of $19.8 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more information on Siemens in the United States, visit www.usa.siemens.com.
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