WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Aug. 26, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was presented the Centennial Roy Wilkins Award from the San Fernando Valley Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in ceremonies on Aug. 20.
The Roy Wilkins Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the NAACP, was given to Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division in recognition of its outstanding diversity program, employment practices, educational incentives and community involvement.
NAACP, currently celebrating its centennial year, selected the Northrop Grumman division for the Roy Wilkins award after a year long evaluation process. Candace Swinson, operations programs analyst and chairperson for the company's African-American Task Group (AATG) Employee Resource Group, accepted the award on behalf of the local division.
"To stand before you and accept this award for Northrop Grumman Corporation is such a privilege," said Swinson. "Over my career I have seen Northrop Grumman foster an inclusive working environment, and I have listened to our leaders passionately speak on the importance of diversity. For me, it has instilled loyalty, trust and appreciation."
AATG is one of nine employee resource groups on the Navigation Systems Division's Woodland Hills campus. The employee resource groups provide opportunities for professional development and networking in addition to community outreach opportunities for Northrop Grumman employees.
"We are honored to receive the Centennial Roy Wilkins Award," said Jim Myers, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "We not only wish to thank the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the NAACP for this recognition, but also send our congratulations to the NAACP on its 100 Year Centennial and thank this great organization for its valuable work and legacy of leadership in social justice and equal rights for all."
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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