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Larry Ivory, President/CEO of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce (left to right); Rhonda Carter Adams, Illinois American Water Diversity Lead; Harry C. Alford, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce; Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President; and James F. Clayborne, Jr., former Illinois State Senator.

Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk was awarded the 2019 Inclusion and Diversity Award by the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) during its annual conference held last week in Atlanta, Georgia. The award is presented annually to an individual who champions inclusion and diversity within his or her company.

“Mr. Hauk’s focus on inclusion and diversity at American Water has played an instrumental role in increasing the company’s partnerships with minority businesses, diverse suppliers and diverse employee candidates," said NBCC President Harry C. Alford.

The National Black Chamber of Commerce was proud to present Bruce Hauk with the 2019 Inclusion and Diversity Award.”

American Water sees diversity as a vital element in creating an environment where differences are celebrated and contribute to success. This is why the company created a national Inclusion & Diversity Council. The Council is made up of executive sponsors, an advisory council and champions from across the workforce. Hauk is an Executive Sponsor of the Council.

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Hauk said of NBCC’s recognition, “I am honored to receive this award and I share it with the entire Illinois American Water team. Our focus on inclusion and diversity betters our organization and the water industry as a whole while creating opportunities for others to also be successful in the communities we serve.”

Illinois American Water’s commitment to diversity and inclusion was also recognized last year by the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce and by the East St. Louis Chapter of the NAACP in 2017 and 2018.

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