News Release

May 24, 2012

Contact : Sondra Katzen
Public Relations

Chicago Zoological Society Honored with Diversity Award

Brookfield, Ill.—The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) was honored at last month’s Chicago’s 12th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair as recipient of the 2012 Diversity Spirit Achievement Award. The award, presented by The Diversity Recruiters Network organization and City Career Fair Productions, was presented in recognition of the Society’s “active support of diversity in the community and the workplace.” Recruiter Arrie Williams accepted the prestigious award on behalf of the Society.

The Career Fair featured hundreds of jobs and careers available in Chicago. This annual event attracts more than 900 top candidates from the metropolitan area. Although with a focus on candidates from the multicultural and diverse communities, including veterans, seniors, handicapable persons, women, and minority groups, the event encouraged all qualified candidates to attend. This year's theme was "Getting America Back to Work in 2012". Traditionally the City, County and State proclaim the date "Diversity Employment Day". The Chicago-area's top corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations eagerly participated to seek out the most qualified candidates from the multicultural and diverse communities. A diversity roundtable group discussion among employers, community, government, and professional organizations took place earlier in the morning before the career fair.

“We are very proud to receive this very special recognition,” said Sandi Dornhecker, vice president of human resources for the Chicago Zoological Society. “Diversity is one of our organization’s core values. We recognize and understand its importance to our guests, our bottom line, our ability to be competitive in a diverse marketplace, and, most importantly, to being relevant to an increasingly diverse Chicagoland community in carrying out our important conservation mission. A diverse workforce increases our understanding and our ability to address customers’ needs, concerns, and perspectives. Our ongoing efforts are focused on increasing the diversity of our workforce, our volunteers, and our Board, increasing opportunities and the participation of diverse vendors, and fostering an environment where guests and staff feel welcomed, valued, and included. We are honored to have been recognized for our efforts, and we will continue to make diversity and inclusion a top organizational priority.”

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service.

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