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Sunday September 24, 2017

The Business of Diversity Mississippi Corporations Honored for Diversity Practices

Posted on: September 14th, 2016

Diversity and Inclusion is a focus of many corporations throughout the country. That rule is no exception in the State of Mississippi. Twelve corporations were recently honored for their diversity efforts at the 3rd annual ourMississippi Honors Gala. The event, put on by Our Mississippi Magazine, recognizes Mississippi corporations for their efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion.
“I want to thank these corporations for what they do for our state,” said event chair Wesley Wells. “We are honored to pay homage to them for they work they do. Diversity and inclusion is a business decision they choose to make. We are thankful for them to realize this and it makes all of us better.”
The twelve corporations honored this year were Atmos Energy, AT&T, Caterpillar, Chevron Corporation, Entergy Corporation, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Kimberly Clark, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, MGM Resorts International, Nissan North America, Sanderson Farms, and Toyota Mississippi.
“Diversity and inclusion is a journey,” said Edmond Hughes, Vice President of Human Resources for Ingalls Shipbuilding, who was being recognized for the second time. “We’re on that journey and we’re making progress.”
Many of the corporations have been honored in previous years, but this was the first time for several of them. Chevron, JMAA, MGM Resorts and Sanderson Farms were all first time honorees.
“We’re often honored nationally, being based in (Las) Vegas,” said Keisha Oliver, Communications Manager for Gold Strike Casino Resort, who accepted on behalf of MGM. “This evening, it’s so nice to be honored by your own. We’ve had an extraordinary time here.”
Robin Robinson, Director of Organization Development and Corporate Communication accepted for Sanderson Farms.
“We have over 12,000 people that work for our wonderful company and we are pleased for each one of those people,” Robinson stated. “Our vision statement begins with ‘Sanderson Farms is special.’ We believe all of our employees are special, so we’re thankful for this honor.”
Over 300 business people attended the Gala, which was held at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo. Famed actor Ernie Hudson delighted the crowd as the guest speaker for the evening.
“It was a wonderful evening and Mr. Hudson was such a dynamic speaker,” Wells said. “We’re honored that we are able to recognize the effort these corporations make in providing opportunities to all. Diversity is not about giving undeserved opportunities, but about giving equal opportunities to all.”