LAS VEGAS, NV – Native American businesses and business leaders from across the country will be recognized for their profound contributions to Indian country at this year’s National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES), March 9-12 in Las Vegas, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center). The prestigious “Corporate Advocate of the Year” is awarded annually to a company that has displayed a strong commitment to growing business opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native-owned companies and bettering the economy in Indian country for future generations. The National Center is proud to bestow the 2015 award to Comcast NBCUniversal. The company will be honored along with other award recipients at National RES.
“As a corporate partner, Comcast NBCUniversal exemplifies everything that the National Center stands for -- a firm devotion to enhancing economic development in Indian Country,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. “The corporate advocacy of Comcast NBCUniversal is critically important to improving the economy and creating good jobs in Indian Country, and we have enjoyed our close partnership with the company. Comcast NBCUniversal is very deserving of this award and the National Center is proud to recognize them for their contributions to Indian Country."
Comcast NBCUniversal has long been an ally of Native American communities. Its Joint External Diversity Advisory Council, which was formed in 2011, focuses on implementing and sustaining successful diversity and inclusion practices across the company. Beyond the promotion of diversity within the company, Comcast NBCUniversal has donated time and resources to improving the lives of those living in Indian Country, especially the youth. Recently, the company donated $5 million in advertisement time to the American Indian College Fund for its 2015 public service announcement, as well as $500,000 in in-kind services.
In addition, last year National Center President and CEO Gary Davis spoke to Comcast NBCUniversal employees for its Employee Enrichment Series during Native American Heritage Month. Comcast NBCUniversal has, and will continue to be, a champion of diversity and an advocate for the Native American community.
For more information about National RES, please visit RES.ncaied.org.