IVMF Receives National Award for Efforts to Advance Diversity

Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) was named one of eight 2020 inductees to the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honor yesterday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Vice Chancellor Mike Haynie, founder and executive director of the IVMF, accepted the honor at a ceremony attended by industry leaders, educators and diversity advocates from across the U.S. and the world.

Mike Haynie and 8 other inductees to the ADvancing Diversity Hall of Honor posing for picture.

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) was named as one of eight 2020 inductees to the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honor yesterday at the annual Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. Vice Chancellor Mike Haynie, founder and executive director of the IVMF; Shelly Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient; Tim McNeal, vice president of creative talent and development and inclusion, Walt Disney Television; Jill Baskin, CMO, The Hershey Company; Tony Rogers, chief member officer, Sam’s Club; Sue Obeidi, director, Muslim Public Affairs Council, The Hollywood Bureau; Jack Myers ’69; Tiffany R. Warren, senior vice president, chief diversity officer, Omnicom Group, and founder and president, AdColor; and Tim Jones, CEO, Publicis Media Americas.

Now in its third year, the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honor is an annual event designed to recognize those who demonstrate a track record for advancing diversity and inclusion within their organizations, and who visibly and inclusively communicate their experiences and best practices in order to demonstrate that diversity and inclusion is “good for business.”

Jack Myers ’69 (Newhouse), founder and chairman of MediaVilliage, says, “Each inductee has made an important contribution to building a more diverse business community and society. They’re continuing to make a difference and are advancing our industry’s leadership.” According to Myers, “More than 500 leaders, educators and aspiring professionals, including many of our prior inductees, came together at CES to acknowledge and learn from their successes.”

Joining the IVMF as 2020 inductees to the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honor are Publicis Media, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, ADCOLOR, Walt Disney Television and Sam’s Club. The hall has previously recognized changemakers from such well-known companies as the National Basketball Association, Verizon, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever and Nielsen.

“We are humbled and honored to be recognized for our efforts to prioritize and advance diversity as a core value of the work we do at the IVMF,” says Haynie. “Candidly, our work to advance the social and economic concerns of veterans is inextricably linked to advancing diversity in all its forms, given the broad diversity represented by those women and men who volunteer for military service. Forty percent of those who serve in the military represent racial or ethnic minorities, and the population served and supported by the IVMF aligns with that reality.”

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