Arizona Diamondbacks named most valuable diverse business partner

From left is Marian Rhodes - Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer, D-backs Wendy Lewis - Senior Vice President, Diversity and Strategic Alliances, Major League Base-ball Jeff Jacobs - Director, Financial Management & Purchasing, D-backs (special to the Independent/Arizona Diamondbacks)

From left is Marian Rhodes – Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer, D-backs; Wendy Lewis – Senior Vice President, Diversity and Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball; Jeff Jacobs – Director, Financial Management & Purchasing, D-backs (special to the Independent/Arizona Diamondbacks)

The Arizona Diamondbacks were recognized as one of the recipients of the 2016 Jackie Robinson “Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner” Awards during a special pregame ceremony in April.

The MVDBP Awards are given on an annual basis, in recognition of Jackie Robinson Day, to minority-owned, women-owned and other diverse-owned businesses and organizations whose work reflects the character and commitment to the excellence of Jackie Robinson’s legacy, according to a press release.

The Arizona Diamondbacks were named the first MLB club to receive the award after successfully hosting the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit. The summit hosted more than 1,000 job-seekers, entrepreneurs and small business owners who connected directly with decision-makers of employment and business opportunities from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office in New York City.

The 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit featured event-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops, executive roundtable discussions and a special conversation with the Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr., the release stated.

For more information on the Diverse Business Partners Program or to register as a potential supplier to MLB, visit www.mlb.com/DBP.

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