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The application portal is now open for all Indianapolis employers interested in nominating their own company or another organization for the Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards. These awards are presented to businesses and organizations throughout Marion County that embrace, celebrate and apply holistic inclusion practices that support diversity in the workplace and community.

Recognition will be given for outstanding performance in each of the following categories:

  • Sam H. Jones ‘Best of the Best’: Named in honor of the Indianapolis Urban League’s first president, this award recognizes employers who demonstrate exemplary performance in all aspects of diversity;

  • Diversity in Leadership: This award celebrates an organization who cultivates an atmosphere of growth, particularly when considering upper-level diversity and actively supporting a diverse organizational culture;

  • Diversity in Workforce: This award celebrates an organization who has successfully implemented best practices to support workforce diversity and engaging opportunities within their place of business; and

  • Excellence in Youth Employment: This award celebrates an employer who has shown a commitment to offering Indianapolis young people the opportunity for employment and skills to increase work-based learning as they promote a culture of professional and personal growth

Nominees will be judged based on the criteria above as well as data reflecting their workforce and community efforts, keeping in mind that diversity encompasses all levels of an organization – from employee age to education level to ethnicity. Because of this, the proceeds from this event will benefit Mayor Joe Hogsett’s youth jobs program, Project Indy.

The nomination form and award criteria can be found at employindy.org/mcod-nominate/. Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, March 13, 2020 by 12:00PM EST. Winners will then be contacted and recognized at the luncheon on April 30, 2020 at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 19th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity, please go to employindy.org/mcod-sponsor. To save the date, click here. Any application and sponsorship inquiries can be directed to EmployIndy’s Job Ready Indy Manager, Ashley Downey, at adowney@employindy.org.

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