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Diversity Elite 2008: The Top 15

Aug. 27, 2008
Diversity Elite 2008: The Top 15

The Diversity Elite 60, our list of the companies nationwide that are the most successful at embedding diversity into their corporate culture, has arrived! Read about the top finishers, those in the top 15, below:

For the rest of the Top 60, please visit:
-- Diversity Elite 2008: 16-30
-- Diversity Elite 2008: 31-45
-- Diversity Elite 2008: 46-60

1. AT&T Inc.
San Antonio, TX
2007 Revenues: $120,000.0 ($ mil.)
2007 Employees: 310,000
Industry: Telecommunications
Diversity Statement: Diversity is an essential component to AT&T's success. Its 50-state workforce is 44 percent female and 39 percent people of color, with Hispanics comprising 12 percent.

2. Southern California Edison
Rosemead, CA
2007 Revenues: $10,478.0
2007 Employees: 15,239
Industry: Energy and Utilities
Diversity Statement: At SCE, the workforce reflects the pool of qualified women and minorities in our labor and consumer market. Great effort goes into the hiring, development, and promotion of the diverse workforce.

3. Comerica Inc.
Detroit, MI
2007 Revenues: $2,890.0
2007 Employees: 11,300
Industry: Financial
Diversity Statement: At Comerica, an inclusive culture recognizes and respects the differences within the company and the consumer market. We currently have 14 different market segmentation teams that outreach to diverse markets, including the Hispanic market.

4. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, AR
2007 Revenues: $374,530.0
2007 Employees: 1,400,000
Industry: Retail
Diversity Statement: Every measure of Wal-Mart as a company reflects our commitment. In all areas of our business, diversity drives innovation and gives us the competitive advantage.

5. PNM Resources
Albuquerque, NM
2007 Revenues: $1,900.0
2007 Employees: 2,991
Industry: Energy and Utilities
Diversity Statement: At PNM, we believe a diverse workforce enriches our environment and helps us better meet the needs of our employees, customers and shareholders.

6. Washington Mutual
Seattle, WA
2007 Revenues: $14,200.0
2007 Employees: 45,880
Industry: Financial
Diversity Statement: WaMu constantly works to cultivate a more diverse workforce by piloting employee network groups, recruiting to enhance the diversity of candidates for key positions, and providing diversity training.

7. Global Hyatt Corp.
Chicago, IL
2007 Revenues: $4,000.0
2007 Employees: 90,000
Industry: Hotel and Motel-Lodging
Diversity Statement: We recognize that achieving diversity among our employees and clients is a challenging process that allows for exceptional opportunities towards business and personal growth.

8. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
New York, NY
2007 Revenues: $71,400.0
2007 Employees: 195,351
Industry: Financial
Diversity Statement: Chase's diversity plan includes launching a Spanish-language Web site to meet the needs of the growing Hispanic group.

9. Sempra Energy
San Diego, CA
2007 Revenues: $11,000.0
2007 Employees: 13,500
Industry: Energy and Utilities
Diversity Statement: With our dedication to diversity, we're able to create a resource pool of creativity and skill unique in its abilities. This makes Sempra Energy a great place to work. Diversity adds energy.

10. Bank of America
Charlotte, NC
2007 Revenues: $124,321.0
2007 Employees: 210,000
Industry: Financial
Diversity Statement: Bank of America is the number one overall Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in the United States and the number one SBA lender to minority-owned small businesses.

11. Marriott International Inc.
Bethesda, MD
2007 Revenues: $12,990.0
2007 Employees: 151,000
Industry: Hotel and Motel-Lodging
Diversity Statement: Diversity is more than a goal, it's our business. Marriott International is rich in culture and backgrounds, from our global workforce to our customers, owners and suppliers.

12. Macy's Inc.
Cincinnati, OH
2007 Revenues: $26,300.0
2007 Employees: 184,859
Industry: Retail
Diversity Statement: Diversity is an integral part of Macy's values and business strategy. Our objectives are to serve and connect with our diverse customers, create a diverse workforce, and foster an inclusive work environment.

13. PG&E Corp.
San Francisco, CA
2007 Revenues: $13,237.0
2007 Employees: 20,300
Industry: Energy and Utilities
Diversity Statement: We are committed to sustaining a culture of inclusion that fully engages our employees and encourages them to contribute their unique capabilities and perspectives.

14. PepsiCo. Inc.
Purchase, NY
2007 Revenues: $39,000.0
2007 Employees: 185,000
Industry: Beverages
Diversity Statement: The company's commitment to inclusion training, employee networks, and minority suppliers are a few actions that have been taken to continue building a corporate culture in which diversity is celebrated.

15. Verizon Communications Inc.
New York, NY
2007 Revenues: $93,500.0
2007 Employees: 232,891
Industry: Telecommunications
Diversity Statement: At Verizon, diversity means cultivating an inclusive organization that reflects the marketplace and leverages the diversity of employees, customers, suppliers, and community partners.

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