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2018 Face Awards

Celebrating Diversity in Southwest Florida



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COUNTLESS STUDIES HAVE LINKED DIVERSITY TO OVERALL SUCCESS IN THE WORKPLACE, with research showing that inclusivity has led to new ideas, increased profits and heightened employee satisfaction.

But as some establishments still learn how to embrace diversity, others continue to lead in their fields through definitive action and innovative policies and procedures.

In Southwest Florida, these companies and individuals are helping to make where we live a better place, by enriching the lives of the people who make up part of our colorful community and providing opportunities for a more dynamic, understanding and welcoming population.

To recognize and celebrate that diversity, Gulfshore Business partnered with D’Latinos magazine to create the inaugural Face Awards in 2011.

Nominations in six different categories are reviewed by our judges, who this year were Marisa Cleveland, research and development executive director for The Seymour Agency; Paula DiGrigoli, executive director, NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County; Altony Lee, director of Major Gifts, University Advancement, Florida Gulf Coast University; and Yemisi Oloruntolo-Coates, system director of Diversity and Patient Rights at Lee Health. The panel selected honorees who reflect positive values and embrace ethnic, racial and cultural diversity with all-inclusive actions that serve as an inspiration to others.

We will celebrate the 2018 winners during an awards ceremony and inaugural diversity summit from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on April 5 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. The event will delve into topics such as recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, engaging diverse groups to achieve common goals and more. For further information, please visit facediversitysummitswfl.com

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