New Orleans, La.
- Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) CEO J. Wayne Leonard has been named as a
recipient of Diversity Best Practices' CEO Leadership Award for his ongoing
commitment to creating an environment of diversity and inclusion for Entergy’s
employees, customers and suppliers.
Leonard is one of
10 CEO award winners that will be honored at the 2004 Diversity and Women
Leadership Summit and Gala, Oct. 26 in Washington, D.C. The Diversity Best
Practices 2004 Leadership awards showcase the nation's progressive business
leaders for embracing diversity in markets, workforces and communities. Leonard
is being recognized for creating a corporate culture that embraces and drives
diversity success throughout the company.
“When I took the
position of CEO, I did so only after the Board agreed that a company should have
a soul and conscience that support its values. We agreed our responsibilities
included assisting the poor, protecting the environment and embracing
diversity,” said Leonard.
Criteria for this
distinguished award include a commitment to diversity through corporate
initiatives, special recognition of the community, philanthropic and supplier
diversity, chairing and supporting diversity councils and ensuring top
management support. Some recent highlights of Entergy’s diversity initiatives
award-winning Supplier Diversity program, in which Entergy has spent over
$1.7 billion with women and minority-owned firms in the last 12 years.
corporate philanthropy initiative, contributing more than $9 billion in
grants along with a coordinated company-wide volunteer program to promote
growth and vitality in the diverse communities that Entergy serves.
diversity training seminars specific to Entergy’s culture and needs.
An increase in
workforce minority representation over the past two years.
establishment of more than 20 diversity and inclusion councils comprised of
employees from each business unit to address diversity issues at each level
of the company.
"Your efforts to
make diversity a business imperative as much as a social one are not just worthy
of recognition, they are an extraordinary example for other companies to
follow," said Edie Fraser, president and founder of Diversity Best Practices and
the Business Women’s Network. "J. Wayne Leonard and the other CEOs selected
live diversity. They are taking advantage of every opportunity to create a new
business culture that is progressive, inclusive and most importantly, lucrative
as diversity has a bottom line. We commend Wayne."
the diversity of people, ideas and cultures. In support of that focus, the
company aims to create an environment of inclusion for employees, customers and
suppliers where their talents and experiences are valued and leveraged to
provide high standards of performance.
Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power
production, retail distribution operations, energy marketing and trading, and
gas transportation. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately
30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest
nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.6
million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Entergy has annual revenues of over $9 billion and approximately 14,000
Practices (DBP) (www.diversitybestpractices.com) and The Business Women's
Network (BWN) (www.bwni.com) are Washington, D.C.-based organizations providing
resources, publications and benchmarking services for diversity and women in
business. DBP is a leading resource service that assists leaders and
professionals in the development of fully-integrated diversity programs. BWN is
an information network for professional women around the globe, from first-time
entrepreneurs to board members of Fortune 500 companies. Both are subsidiaries
of iVillage Inc., a leading women’s media company and the number one
women’s community online. The iVillage Network is the 20th most visited Web site
in the U.S. with more than 17 million unique monthly visitors (comScore Media
Metrix, May 2004).
Entergy's online address is www.entergy.com.