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Renard Communications wins NJIT Outstanding Corporate Partner recognition

D/C’s parent company was cited for support of the Albert Dorman Honors College

“The world needs a workforce that’s fluent in technology.” – Roberta Renard

Renard Communications, the parent company of Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine, was recognized by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT, Newark, NJ) as its 2012 Outstanding Corporate Partner.

The award was formally presented to Roberta Renard, president and CEO of Renard Communications and publisher of Diversity/Careers, at NJIT’s eighteenth annual Celebration event on January 25, 2013. Originally scheduled for November 2, the event was rescheduled after Superstorm Sandy hit the area at the end of October. Celebration is the major fundraiser for the university’s scholarship fund.

A long association with the Honors College
Renard has been a member of the Board of Visitors of NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College since 2001. Renard Communications established an endowed scholarship in 2004 for women Honors College undergrads in technical majors, and has expanded the scholarship in the years since. The scholarship has supported multiple students each year since it was set up.

In appreciation of ongoing support from Renard Communications, in 2010 the Albert Dorman Honors College established the Roberta Renard Student Council Office in Fenster Hall to serve members of the Albert Dorman Honors Council. In spring 2011, the Honors College senior class honored her with an award for “exceptional support.”

A workforce fluent in technology
In accepting the Outstanding Corporate Partner award, Renard noted that “the world needs a workforce that’s fluent in the technology that drives human and economic progress. That workforce must include people of all backgrounds and situations.” Diversity/Careers, she said, “has been promoting diversity in the technical workforce and supply chain for the last twenty years.

“We feel a real kinship with the Honors College,” she said. “Its student body is a tapestry of the rich colors and textures of diversity – and diversity is the foundation for the creativity and innovation the world needs so badly. The Albert Dorman Honors College does a spectacular job of preparing leaders of tomorrow, and we’re honored to do our part to support its efforts.”

Al Dorman, founder of global technical and management support services firm AECOM and the donor who established the Honors College, sent his personal congratulations to Renard. He was not able to attend because of a conflict with the rescheduled Celebration date, but in a note to Renard he said, “Our thoughts will be there, as will our everlasting gratitude for your whole-hearted dedication to the Honors College.”

A commitment to quality STEM education
In a letter to Renard Communications when the award was announced, Dr Joel Bloom, president of NJIT, told Renard, “Your representation on the Board of Visitors and your establishment of the Renard Communications Endowed Scholarship demonstrate a sincere commitment to our mission to provide quality education in engineering, science and related technologies to a diverse student body.”

Guests and entertainment
At the gala, the staff of Renard Communications was joined by two long-time business partners: Rich Skelnik, director of talent acquisition, inclusion and community investment at General Dynamics C4 Systems (Scottsdale, AZ); and Evelin Potts, experienced diversity professional and friend.

Veteran performer Neil Sedaka provided entertainment at the gala. He mixed a repertoire of familiar standards with brand new songs and even some recent rewrites designed to appeal to children, including “Getting Up is Hard to Do.”

One NJIT Outstanding Corporate Partner is named each year. Past recipients have included Panasonic, Exxon, PSE&G, BD, Prudential Insurance, Schering-Plough, UPS, Merck, Verizon, Hess Corporation and AECOM.

The black-tie Celebration was held at Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ. Over the years Celebration has raised more than $3 million for student scholarships.


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