Diversity awards honor partnerships, student perseverance

Published: 2014-04-22

Cedric Chambers, right, accepts the Student Perseverance Award from Joe Hegenauer

Cedric Chambers, right, accepts the Student Perseverance Award from Joe Hegenauer

Citing the company’s “exceptional commitment to campus engagement and a diverse and inclusive workforce,” the Fisher Diversity Committee named Deloitte the winner of the Corporate Diversity Award at the 13th Annual Diversity Business Awards ceremony.

The corporate award was one of two given out by the committee in an event at the Blackwell. Donald Anthony, of the Warrior Group, Inc., received the Individual Executive Award.

Cedric Chambers was honored with the Student Perseverance Award, an honor presented annually by Fisher’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services and Corporate and Community Outreach.

“Each year we are thrilled to honor those organizations and individuals who have done such incredible work in furthering diversity goals -- here on campus and throughout the business community,” said David Harrison, director of Fisher’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services and Corporate and Community Outreach, which collaborates with faculty, staff and representatives from 14 student organizations in recognizing the honorees.

In a nomination letter, Jeff Rice, executive director of the Office of Career Management, praised Deloitte for its commitment to workforce diversity. He cited the company’s extensive outreach efforts on campus -- including classroom visits by executives, panel discussions and case competitions -- as reasons worthy of the honor.

“The impact of this engagement has been positive to Deloitte’s recruiting efforts; however, the greater impact has been in actively and genuinely displaying to students the value of diversity and inclusion to a company’s overall work culture and profitability -- business lessons that students will take with them when choosing their career paths,” he wrote.

Deloitte also received a second nomination from Fan Yang, president of Fisher’s Asian Business Student Association.

Anthony’s work as a corporate mentor to at least eight full-time MBA students at Fisher was recognized with the Individual Executive Award. He is a fixture at MBA Corporate Mentoring Program events, and is a constant source of one-on-one advice and guidance on professional development.

“It has been such a rewarding personal experience to work with such great students at Fisher,” Anthony said. “I enjoy giving, but I get as much back because the students are just so enriching and enlightening.”

Chambers was surprised by his selection as the winner of the Perseverance Award. President of the Black MBA Association at Fisher, he helped bring to campus several of the most respected African American business executives in the country during Black History Month as part of the student organization’s speaker series. But his determination in the face of personal hardships was specifically spotlighted by the award.

“I came to Cincinnati from Georgia after graduating from Savannah State University and decided to apply to graduate school and Fisher’s MHRM program. I was admitted and blessed to receive a GA position within Fisher,” said Chambers, who after graduation will join the Human Resources Leadership Program at GE Healthcare in Milwaukee. “It all worked out. There have been ups and downs, and I’ve had people close to me that I’ve lost.

“This is the first award like this I’ve received. I’m appreciative of everything -- and certainly humbled.”

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