Winners of Best Companies for Blacks in Award

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<p><strong>Greenbelt, Md. &mdash; July 24 </strong><br />The National Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) and WorkplaceDiversity.com, the source for diversity talent, announced Allstate Insurance, Compuware, Eli Lilly, Health Care Service Corp., HSBC North America, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Merck, Wal-Mart and Wellpoint as the winners of the 2007 Best Companies for Blacks in Technology Award.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;The top three companies &mdash; Allstate Insurance, IBM and Lockheed Martin &mdash; deserve special recognition for their outstanding community outreach and diversity recruiting programs and for promoting a significant number of African Americans into their IT management ranks,&quot; said Milt Haynes, former National BDPA president. &quot;One of these companies will be announced as the Top Company for Blacks in Technology and receive the much coveted Epsilon Award.&quot; </p><p>The Epsilon Award is presented annually to the top company in the nation that promotes a workplace and environment that supports the advancement of blacks in the information technology industry. </p><p>WorkplaceDiversity.com is a job search Web site for corporate recruiters who want to make a good-faith effort to reach experienced diversity talent.&nbsp; </p><p>The site bridges the gap between companies that support diversity and experienced diversity candidates by providing one central location to post open positions and search for meaningful jobs. <br /><br />BDPA, a national organization, is the premier organization for African Americans in information technology. Founded in 1975, BDPA is celebrating a 30-year commitment to closing the digital divide.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;We are very pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions that these companies have made for blacks in technology,&quot; said Gina Billings, National BDPA president. &quot;In this economy, many African Americans in technology are concerned about opportunities for both employment and advancement. It is important to recognize those exceptional companies that have provided African Americans with challenging and fulfilling career opportunities in information technology.&quot;</p><p>Dan Honig, WorkplaceDiversity.com chief operating officer, echoed the sentiment.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;BDPA is the voice of African Americans in IT,&quot; he said. &quot;WorkplaceDiversity.com is honored to be working with BDPA because it is committed to closing the digital divide and helping African American IT professionals advance.</p><p>&quot;We are very pleased to recognize these companies that are truly practicing workplace diversity in their IT departments.&quot;</p>

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