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Pikes Peak Coalition of Chambers Selects Memorial Hospital for Diversity Award – 1/18/06

At a luncheon and awards ceremony on January 18 at the Sheraton Hotel in Colorado Springs, Booz Allen Hamilton and Memorial Hospital were recognized at the Pikes Peak Coalition of Chambers' Diversity Awards Luncheon. Colorado Supreme Court Justice, Alex Martinez, presented the keynote address.

The Diversity Awards, presented annually by the Pikes Peak Coalition of Chambers, build awareness of companies that have incorporated diversity, affirmative action, and equal opportunity into their workplaces. The Black Chamber of Commerce, the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, which comprise the Pikes Peak Coalition of Chambers, present the Diversity Awards to leading organizations in the Pikes Peak region for their commitments to a diverse workforce and doing business with diversified companies.

"Booz Allen Hamilton and Memorial Hospital represent essential types of companies that are vital in this community. Individual differences among the employees from these organizations represent, collectively, one of our greatest strengths," says Will Temby, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Booz Allen Hamilton received the award in the Corporate category. Nominated by Susan Saksa with Leadership Pikes Peak, this company not only thinks differently, but acts differently as well when it comes to diversity. With a Diversity Board Initiative, Diversity Education Curriculum and Diversity Forums, Booz Allen is seen in this community as a leader in equal opportunity and promoting differences in the workplace. Diversity is both a core value and also a competency of Booz Allen Hamilton and all of their staff. Glen Bruels, Senior Partner, accepted the award for the company.

Memorial Hospital received the award in the Government category. Joy Powell, Human Resource Director, accepted the award for the company. Nominated by C.J. Moore with Kaiser Permanente, this company embraces differences, unique experiences and perspectives both to internal employees as well as external patients. By making diversity a way of everyday life, Memorial Hospital is a company that encompasses many differences and makes it work. It is a company that seeks to be entwined with diversity and actively promotes diverse programs in the community.

The Pikes Peak Coalition of Chambers, focusing on mutual respect and trust in a collaborative environment, encourages open communication, embraces diversity, provides training and education relevant to their organizations and to the Coalition, and promotes an understanding of business-related issues that affect economic growth.

Founded in 1892, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce has been an advocate for business and industry for more than a century. The Chamber is an accredited member - and one of 20 founding organizations - of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The volunteer-led Chamber is Colorado's second-largest business organization, serving 2,000 member firms that represent a combined workforce of nearly 100,000 men and women in the Pikes Peak region.