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July-16-97

Sears Diversity Fair Increases Representation of Women and Minorities in Senior Management

Minority- and women-owned executive recruitment firms around the country made presentations to Sears, Roebuck and Company on July 15 for Sears' second vendor diversity fair. More than twenty-five firms met with Sears human resource directors to explore opportunities to increase the representation of minorities and women in Sears senior management. The first diversity fair in 1996 resulted in millions of dollars in immediate contracts and allowed women- and minority-owned vendors to meet Sears buyers and learn how they could more effectively serve large retailers. When discussing the company's goals this year, Sears chair and chief executive officer Arthur C. Martinez said, "To meet the needs of the multi-cultural communities we serve, Sears must expand the breadth of diversity on its management team. Our strategy is to build a workforce that reflects the unique characteristics of our customers."

Media Resources: Reuters - July 16,1997