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including full program requirements are available online at workshop. All eligible applications will be reviewed and select applicants will be asked to attend an in-person interview. Fi- nal selections will be made after all pro- spective candidates are interviewed. The program will aim to invite at minimum 20 businesses to attend the course which be- gins in early May of 2012. For more information on The Work-

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Allstate Hosts 4th

Annual Supplier

Diversity Exchange A

llstate Insurance Company hosted its 4th Annual Sup- plier Diversity Exchange on October 13th, in partner-

ship with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Allstate’s Supplier Diversity Exchange fosters an opportunity for minority-, LGBT-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses to com- petitively bid for contracts with Allstate and Allstate’s ma- jor suppliers. The event also provided small businesses a venue for personal one-on-one time with Allstate staff. In 2010, over 850 million dollars in commissions were

spent with women- and minority-owned Allstate agencies. Adding that figure to the $200 million the company spent with diverse suppliers, Allstate’s total expenditure was over $1 billion in 2010. “Inclusive diversity is not just a core value at Allstate, it’s

a business imperative,” said Cheryl Harris, senior vice pres- ident, Allstate Insurance Company. “When difficult eco- nomic times force belt tightening, supplier diversity pro- grams can help keep the door open for many small businesses.” The Exchange, supported by more than 200 Allstate vol- unteers, also offered business owners a forum for guidance and networking. The event featured a panel of Allstate lead- ers and heads of top diverse suppliers, hosted by Dr. Melvin Gravely, managing director for the Institute for Entrepre- neurial Thinking. Participants shared valuable insight about making corporate connections, and maintaining and grow- ing business relationships. Panelists included:

„ Suren Gupta, executive vice president, Allstate Tech- nology Operations


„ Bob Wasserman, senior vice president e-Business, Allstate

„ Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chief executive officer, Magic Johnson Enterprises

„ Prashant Ranade, chief executive officer, Syntel „ Firoz Lalji, chief executive officer, Zones

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, said, “I’m happy to be here to support my partner Allstate in their efforts to empower and provide resources to small, minority- and women-owned businesses. Through the promotion of diversity and inclusion through events such as this, Allstate advances change, creates count- less opportunities for small businesses, and provides the op- portunity for job creation at an important economic time.” He added, “I appreciate the opportunity to share the wisdom I followed through my business experiences with other diverse business owners to contribute to their continued growth.”

About Allstate Corporation The Allstate Corporation is the nation’s largest publicly

held personal lines insurer known for its “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®

” slogan. Now celebrating its 80th an-

niversary as an insurer, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and re- tirement) and services through Allstate agencies, indepen- dent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representa- tives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via and 1-800 Allstate®


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