Respect Awards--New York 2013
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion Award
JPMorgan Chase is one of the oldest, largest and most respected financial institutions in the world, with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The firm's legacy dates back to 1799 when it's earliest prdeecessor was chartered in New York City. The firm has an unwavering commitment in good times and bad to making a positive difference in the neighborhoods and communities where we operate -- providing more than $200 million per year through grants and sponsorships of not-for-profit organizations across 30 U.S. markets and 35 countries.
Characters Unite is USA Network's public service campaign to address the social injustices and cultural divides still prevalent in our society. Inspired by USA's iconic "Characters Welcome" brand and with the support of leading national nonprofit organizations, the ongoing initiative is dedicated to supporting activities and messaging that combat hate and distrimination while promoting understanding and acceptance -- on air, online and in communities around the country. The #1 network in all of basic cable for seven consecutive years, USA is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes and is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal.
Hero Award: LZ Granderson
"Boxes are for shoes" is the mantra award-winning columnist and TV pundit LZ Granderson lives by. African-American, openly-gay, Christian, and a father, the diversity of Mr. Granderson's work--from sports, education, and race to politics, parenting, and dating -- has made him one of the most popular online columnists for both CNN and ESPN. Mr. Granderson started off as a poor, skinny kid from Detroit -- and at one point was involed in criminal activity -- but he always believed where a person started didn't have to dictate where a person finished. A journalist for nearly 20 years, Mr. Granderson also worked for the Atlanta Journal- Constituion, The South Bend Tribune and The Grand Rapids Press. In addition to his weekly online columns, Mr. Granderson is a regular TV commentator for CNN and ESPN.
2013 Educator of the Year Award: Matthew Beck
In his sixth year as the professional school counselor at Erie Elementary School in Erie, Illinois, Matthew Beck's passion and energy is directed to creating developmental school counseling programs that lay the foundation of respect for all students, staff, community members and families. Despite opposition and an alarming ban of all LGBTQ resources and conversations in the school building, Matthew led Erie Elementary in addressing biased language concerns, discussing gender nonconformity, and reading family diversit books through the use of GLSEN's Ready, Set, Respect! toolkit by creating a family reading night off of school grounds.
2013 GSA of the Year Award: Farrington High School's Gay-Straight Alliance
The Farrington High School GSA was re-started in 2011 as a program of the Teen Center, with assistance from the University of Hawaii’s Child Welfare Clinic. In addition to regular meetings, volunteer co-advisor Adam Chang worked with a core group of students to create Safe Space posters, which were distributed to classrooms of willing teachers. A $5,000 grant request to the Hawaii Community Foundation was awarded, providing crucial financial assistance. The following school year, regular meetings continued, with lessons, speakers, videos and discussions facilitated by Adam Chung and co-advisors Alison Colby and Gwen Murakami (Teen Center social workers). The GSA sponsored a huge community event, which won the national Out in the Silence Grand Prize for Youth Activism. During the year, students participated in public speaking events, planned field trips and socials and produced GSA T-shirts. The group was named the Youth Grand Marshal at the Honolulu Pride Parade, and was the second place winner of the Civil Rights Commission’s E Ola Pono Award. They were adopted by Soul de Cuba Café, and participated in GSA-Hawaii, the AIDS Walk and the Gay Prom. This school year, the GSA enjoyed continued support from community mentors. Two youth appeared with the club’s sponsors on a local TV program. The group created an LGBT display in the school library; brought to campus a professional photography exhibition portraying diversity in families; wrote and produced a public service announcement; continued its participation in GSA-Hawaii; was adopted by the Lutheran Church of Honolulu; and participated in community events, field trips and socials.
Cindy Armine joined JPMorgan Chase in 2011, and is currently an Executive Vice President and the Chief Compliance Officer for the firm. Prior to her tenure at JPMC, Cindy spent 31 years at Citi and its predecessor firms. In 2006, Cindy was named Champion of Diversity for her work and her outstanding commitment to dicversity. She was included in Citi's Banking Team Award in the 2007 US Banker ranking of the top three banking teams in the industry and was recently inducted into the YWCA's Academy of Women Leaders in 2007.
Brian Elliot is the founder of Elliot Strategy, a constultancy that helps philanthropic foundations develop technology and innovation strategies to deepen their impact. He also founded Friendfactor, an LGBT rights organization for straight supporters. Brian led Friendfactor to create an award-winning online advocacy tool, which was used in the landmark 2011 New York marriage equality campaign. Brian's prior experience spans multiple sectors, having worked at Bain & Company, The Bridgespan Group, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He holds an MBA and MPA from Harvard University and BA in Publice Policy from Stanford Universty. Brian's work to start Friendfactor was named one of Yahoo!'s Top 10 Inspiring Acts of 2010, and he was awarded the 2010 Harvard Business School Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship.
Tim Federle is the author of Better Nate Than Ever, a new novel about a small-town teen who crashes anaudition for E.T.:The Musical. Inspired by Tim's time coaching the child stars of Billy Elliot of Broadway, Nate was recently names a New York Times Book Review Editros' Choice and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Say hi at Timfederle.com and on Twitter @timfederle.
Barbara Frankel is Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of DiversityInc, supervising diversity-management content for DiversityInc.com, a website for senior diversity leaders. Along with DiversitInc CEO Luke Visconti, she is on of two DiversityInc senior executives who present benchmarking consulting results to CEOs and senior leaders across corporate America. She also oversees the content of DiversityInc's five annual events, which average more than 600 attendees from 200 companies and have featured more than 20 CEOs from major corporations. Before joiing DiversityInc in 2000, Ms. Frankel had spent more than 20 years as a reporter and editor at New Jersey newspapers. She spent 10 years as a adjunct professor of journalism at Rutgers University, teaching Media Law and Ethics. She has a bachelor's degree in English and mass communications from the University of Vermont and a master's degree in business journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.