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New Brunswick, NJ – The American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley was awarded the prestigious South Asian Business Alliance Network (SABAN) “Chairman’s Award” at the 7th Annual seminar, showcase, and awards gala on June 28. Hosted by Mrs. ASIA California 2013 Veera Mahajan, the spectacular event drew more than 100 people to the downtown Los Angeles Sheraton Hotel to network and show their respect for the 2013 SABAN winners.

Ms. Williams-Riley, who provided the keynote presentation “Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone,” was recognized for her outstanding efforts to reach out and connect with the south Asian business community and to promote diversity and inclusion through collaborative initiatives. In October, the American Conference on Diversity and SABAN will co-host the inaugural FAITH in Diversity: Women’s Interfaith event in Fords, NJ, to bring women of many different faiths together to share their defining moments, views, perspectives, and reflections through the power of faith and religion. For more information, contact Ms. Williams-Riley at elizabeth@americanconferenceondiversity.org.

“I am truly honored to receive this highly regarded award and am excited about the opportunities for our organizations to work together and build bridges across all cultures,” says Ms. Elizabeth Williams-Riley.

The 2013 South Asian Biz Awardees included:

►Neena Bansil, First Choice Bank

►Anil Verma, Anil Verma & Assoc.

►Nikki Kardar, Kardar Insurance Agency

►Smita Goel, Amritt, Inc.

►Dr. Sonia Singh, Psychological Health

►Sunny Kalara, Kalara Law Firm

►Atiquer Raham, East Asiatic, Inc.

Past honorees include Pam H. Kwatra, a member of the American Conference on Diversity Board of Trustees and President of Kripari Marketing. “Elizabeth is so deserving of this award and has done such enormous work around diversity. That’s why I introduced her to SABAN, which also believes in promoting diversity and inclusion,” says Ms. Kwatra, who was one of SABAN’s founders and a past president.


The South Asian Business Alliance Network is a pro-business nonprofit organization with 12 chapters nationwide. It was created in 1998 to promote and develop a pro-business and networking environment by organizing business events and activities for South Asian-owned and -represented small to large businesses throughout the United States. For more on the South Asian Business Alliance Network, please visit http://www.southasianbiznetwork.org/.

About the American Conference on Diversity

The programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity, which has been serving schools, organizations, workplaces, and communities in New Jersey since 1948, builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates eight chapters to help us to educate and empower leaders and bring our messages of inclusion and respect to communities throughout New Jersey: Atlantic County Chapter, Bayonne Chapter, Central Jersey Chapter, Essex County Chapter, Greater Bergen Chapter, Hudson County Chapter, Jersey Shore Chapter, and Mercer County Chapter. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.



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