The San Diego Convention Center Corporation was awarded a 2006 Multicultural Heritage Award for its leadership in developing, fostering and promoting diversity in the workplace, community and region. The award was presented at ceremony on March 29, 2006.
"Our employees reflect our diverse community and are an essential part of the Convention Center’s success," says Carol Wallace, President and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. "People from across America and the world come to San Diego to conventions bringing enormous economic benefits to the region. We believe we are stronger because of our diversity," she added.
Sixty percent of the employees of the Convention Center are African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander or Native American and collectively speak more than 39 different languages. Convention Center employees are actively involved in a wide array of activities in the community with diverse organizations including Accion, Neighborhood House and Chicano Federation.
In addition to the implementation of several internal programs to recognize and promote diversity, the Convention Center actively partners with local minority businesses. The Convention Center fully supports the City of San Diego’s Equal Opportunity Program and encourages Disadvantaged (DBE), Minority (MBE) and Woman (WBE) Certified Business Enterprises to participate in all contracting opportunities. The Convention Center also utilizes the Diverse Emerging Vendor Outreach (DEVO) database to outreach to minority vendors.
The Multicultural Heritage Awards are presented annually by the San Diego Business Journal and Wells Fargo.
The San Diego Convention Center Corporation was created by the City of San Diego to manage, market and operate the world-class San Diego Convention Center. Since opening in 1989, the Convention Center Corporation has generated $11 billion in regional economic impact, $227.7 million in tax revenues and created nearly 8,000 jobs.