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Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council Convenes in D.C.
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Red Cross
June 19, 2009

The new National Diversity Advisory Council of the American Red Cross held its first meeting today in Washington, D.C. to lay the groundwork for future diversity-related organizational plans.

The council members were recommended by Floyd W. Pitts, Red Cross Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, and approved by the organization’s Board of Governors.

“The American Red Cross must do a better job connecting with diverse partners and diverse communities, to ensure the Red Cross is reaching everyone,” Pitts said. He added that policies developed by this council will be implemented in partnership with Red Cross chapters in local communities across the country.

New Red Cross Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer Floyd W. Pitts
New Red Cross Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer Floyd W. Pitts

National Diversity Council discuss the future of Red Cross diversity initiatives
National Diversity Council discuss the future of Red Cross diversity initiatives

Pitts, who has more than 20 years of management experience in EEO, diversity and equal-rights issues, joined the Red Cross in November 2008. He had spent the eight previous years directing the diversity programs for Hilton Hotels, a company recognized by Fortune magazine seven years in a row as one of the Top Companies for Minorities, and by DiversityInc as one of its 2008 Top Companies for Diversity.

The National Diversity Advisory Council includes some of the most influential business leaders in the country. Members present at today’s meeting include:

Appointed Council Chair Keith Harper, Esq. - Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, member of Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, member of President-Elect’s Transition Team, selected by National Law Journal as one of “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers  in America” (2008).

John Hammond III- President / CEO of 100 Black Men of America, Former Senior Manager on Organization & Change Team – Booz Allen Hamilton, Former COO, Association of Black Cardiologists, published author on diversity management and employee retention.

Rabbi Stephen Roberts- Executive Vice President, New York Board of Rabbis Chairman Emeritus & Founder, Disaster Chaplaincy Services in partnership with American Red Cross of Greater New York, Past President, Instrumental in setting up American Red Cross spiritual care delivery in  NYC after 9/11.

Nicole Johnson-Reece - Vice President Global Diversity & Inclusion of Aramark Corporation, Former Vice President of Diversity for Cendant Hospitality, Launched Cendant’s first Women’s Leadership Initiative Named one of “Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America” by Black Professionals magazine.

Tal Hutchins - State Legislator – West Virginia House of Delegates, Labor Relations Consultant – Ohio Education Assoc., Former Teacher – Ohio County, West Virginia, Serving 5th Term in West Virginia State Legislature.

Susan Au Allen, J.D. - President & CEO –U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Partner, Paul Shearman Allen & Association, Asian magazine listed her as one of “25 Most Influential Asian Americans” (1999), Authored op-eds appearing in USA Today, Washington Times and Baltimore Sun.

Bishop Shelton Bady - Pastor, Harvest Time Church Founder of Harvest Time Church, Founded church with less than10 members, now number in thousands, Appointed to OneStar National Service Commission by Governor Perry.

Thomas Bruner - CEO, Red Cross – Oregon Trail Chapter & Regional Executive, Recently appointed Chapter Ops DVP Former Exec. Director, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), Founding Executive Director of AIDS Outreach Ctr. of Ft.Worth, TX, Served on Oregon Gov. Kulongoski’s Transition Team.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

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