Washington , D.C. April 25, 2009/Diversity Edge Magazine has selected 20 companies for its 2009 Best Companies for Diverse Graduates list. This listing recognizes companies that have shown leadership in recruiting, retaining, and advancing the careers of diverse professionals. "We looked for unique companies that provide a good entry level foundation for professionals who have recently graduated from college or graduate school," said Kizzie Bozeman Brown, Editor in Chief.
The companies were selected based on their responses to the Diversity Edge Magazine, Best Companies Survey, along with the input from the participating college and university career services centers. The five areas that the survey measures are: Diversity Recruiting Policies, Leadership Development Initiatives, Training Programs, Opportunity for Mentorship and Activeness of Employee Affinity Groups. The survey also considers the company's overall diversity initiative.
"We hope that our 2009 Best Companies for Diverse Graduates list will provide diverse students, both undergraduates and graduates, direction as they choose the company at which they will launch their careers," Brown said. The list will be distributed to the diverse student populations of various universities through their career services centers.
2009 Best Companies for Diverse Graduates
1 Microsoft Corporation
2 KPMG LLP
3 Capital One Financial Corporation
5 Exelon Corporation
6 IBM Corporation
7 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
8 Morgan Stanley
9 Bank of America
10 Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
11 Enterprise Rent-A-Car
12 Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
13 Comcast Corporation
15 JPMorgan Chase
16 Northern Trust
17 AXA Equitable
About Diversity Edge Magazine
Diversity Edge Magazine is a publication dedicated to addressing issues pertaining to career and business diversity. We highlight the positive efforts that promote workforce and supplier diversity in Corporate America. The editorial content is designed to expose diverse corporate professionals to new career opportunities and to increase the visibility of diverse entrepreneurs. Additional information is available at www.thediversityedge.com.