HOUSTON (Nov. 6, 2012) – The Texas Diversity Council awarded Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce President Linda Toyota at its 9th Annual DiversityFIRST Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Council staff and the Gulf Coast Advisory Board recognized Toyota for her work in connecting local and international markets, as well as promoting diversity within the Houston community. “Linda Toyota is such an amazing lady and she has a unique ability to connect with people of all backgrounds and differences through her multicultural focus. She has a sincere passion for diversity and inclusion that is clearly seen and inspiring,” says Texas Diversity Council Vice President Jason deGroot.
The Council’s criteria for the DiversityFIRST award include protecting civil and human rights, active promotion of inter-group relations, and participation in events that celebrate tolerance in the community and workplace. As a major advocate of diversity, Toyota has spent more than 20 years in the non-profit sector connecting people, ideas, and organizations. “Anything is possible,” says Toyota. “People support what they help create.”
Toyota has been recognized as one of the Steed Society’s “Top 25 Women in Houston” and serves on the Houston Hospice board. Her history of service to the community also includes the union of all the cardiovascular hospitals for a nationally recognized citywide campaign called “Your Heart Can’t Wait.” She has chaired the Holocaust Museum Human Race, and co-chaired HISD’s Asian American Career and College Fair. She also coordinated the first Young Woman’s Leadership Program for the Gulf Coast Advisory Board which brought together 8th grade girls from diverse backgrounds. Her academic background includes a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Houston and a B.S. in Management.
The 9th Annual DiversityFIRST Awards Luncheon took place at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel, 4800 Calhoun Street, Houston, TX 73204-3902 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Gilda Garcia Ed.D, Vice President of Institutional Equality & Diversity at the University of North Texas, served as keynote speaker. Best Practice Sessions were conducted before the luncheon. Details of the sessions as well as the luncheon may be found at www.texasdiversitycouncil.org/2012_gulfcoast_luncheon.
About the Asian Chamber of Commerce
The Asian Chamber was founded on June 20, 1990 as a Texas 501 (c)(6) non-profit corporation, and has become known for its ability to broaden business connections and opportunities, promote economic development for the Houston Asian American business community, enhance leadership and business skills of its members, and serve as a resource to the community. Visit http://asianchamber-hou.org to learn more.
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