Xerox's Elizondo Wins Women's Alliance Positive Difference Award
Press release from the issuing company
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 2, 2008 - Pat Elizondo, senior vice president, Eastern
Sales Operations, Xerox Corporation, has won the 2008 Positive Difference
Award from The Women's Alliance, an organization for advancing the personal
and professional development of women at Xerox.
The award honors a Xerox woman who has made a positive difference in the
advancement of women at Xerox over a sustained period of time. It was
presented Nov. 7 at the alliance's annual conference in Las Vegas by Gina
Testa, president, The Women's Alliance; Linda Fairchild, secretary, The
Women's Alliance and chair of the Positive Difference Award program; and
Quincy Allen, president, Production Systems Group, Xerox Corporation.
"Pat Elizondo represents everything the Positive Difference Award is about,"
said Fairchild. "She is one of the most visible and admired role models for
women - and men -in the field. The list of Pat Elizondo protégés, fans,
loyalists and people who want to work with her again for the second or third
time is a long, long list."
Elizondo was nominated for the award by Nancy Nam, marketing manager in
Xerox industry and major account operations, who cited five strengths:
- Elizondo is a long-time supporter of women, while serving in positions
where she touches many people.
- She has been a champion of The Women's Alliance and an active
participant since the alliance was formed 20 years ago.
- She has consistently promoted and hired women into key roles, leading
very diverse senior and field staffs with women in key positions.
- Elizondo recognizes diversity as an asset to the organization and is
willing to take risks for women.
- She is a visible advocate for women's issues. For example, she's the
chairperson of the Board of the Center for Women & Information Technology at
the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
The award is the latest of several honors Elizondo has received in recent
years. She was named one of the "50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology
and Business" by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine (2004 –
2006), and one of the "Top 80 Hispanic women in Business" by Hispanic
Business Magazine (2005).
Elizondo has been with Xerox since 1981. She began as an internal auditor
and progressed through a number of operational and financial field and
management positions. In her current position as senior vice president of
Eastern Sales Operations, she is responsible for leading Xerox's efforts to
achieve customer and employee satisfaction, and revenue and profit
objectives for our largest commercial accounts. She also is the Xerox
representative to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Pat lives in Columbia, Md. with her husband, John Kitowski, and son, Kyle
Past Winners of the Positive Difference Award have included Tosh Barron,
Anne Bishop, Ursula Burns, Mary Donato, Rita Garcia, Diane McGarry, Nancy
Morris, Anne Mulcahy, Nancy Rees, Janet Santos, Gina Testa, Sophie
Vandebroek and Leslie Varon.
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