Interaction Associates Named as Finalist in 2008 American Business Awards(SM)

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Interaction Associates, Inc. (IA), the 40-year experts in developing leaders, leading change, and providing organizations with tools for collaboration, was named a Finalist today in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program category in The 2008 American Business Awards.

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It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of national recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.

Interaction Associates, Inc. (IA), the 40-year experts in developing leaders, leading change, and providing organizations with tools for collaboration, was named a Finalist today in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program category in The 2008 American Business Awards.

Hailed as "the business worlds own Oscars" (New York Post, April 27, 2005), The American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing awards program honoring great performances in business.

"Social responsibility is key to our mission and a core value at Interaction Associates, so we’re very pleased to be named a finalist for this honor," said Linda Dunkel, President and CEO of Interaction Associates.

Interaction Associates was nominated in part because of its innovative new product -- the Collaboration Assessment Tool (CAT) which allows enterprises to gauge the extent to which they are involving employees appropriately in decision making.

The finalist nod also acknowledges Interaction Associates' ongoing support of and work with the Interaction Institute for Social Change. IA donates 10% of its pretax profits to the Institute, and employees donate up to two weeks of pro bono work to the Institute annually. The company's other socially responsible work includes support of Boston's homeless project, Give US Your Poor, education and training with The Bali Institute for Global Renewal, and President Linda Dunkel's work with Betty Williams and the World Centers of Compassion for Children International, for which Linda is Board Chair.

More than 2,600 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Best Overall Company, Best Executive, Best New Product or Service, Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program, and new categories including Best Management Team and Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program. Interaction Associates will be competing in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program category for companies with fewer than 100 employees.

Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges and Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among Finalists in final judging during the week of May 19. Finalists were chosen by business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April through early May. Stevie Award winners will be announced during the annual gala on Thursday, June 12 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. More than 600 executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend. The ceremonies will be broadcast on radio nationwide by the Business TalkRadio Network and hosted by Liz Claman of FOX Business Network.

"ABA entries grew more than 30% this year, so being named a Finalist is more of an accomplishment than ever before," said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of The Stevie Awards. "It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of national recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition."

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at http://www.stevieawards.com.

About The Stevie Awards:
Hailed as "the business worlds own Oscars," Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at http://www.stevieawards.com.

Global Sponsor of the 2008 Stevie Awards is Dow Jones. Supporting sponsors of The 2008 American Business Awards include FIS Softpro, High Performance Technologies Inc., John Hancock, RCN Corporation, Richardson, and Ultimate Software. Media sponsors include the Business TalkRadio Network, CRM Advocate, and Human Resource Executive.

About Interaction Associates:
Interaction Associates, Inc. is a leading global innovator in learning, leadership development, collaboration and performance improvement solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. The firm has offices in Cambridge, MA and San Francisco. For nearly 40 years, IA has helped clients focus on the people side of their business through leadership development, coaching, teamwork, and performance improvement solutions. More information at: http://www.interactionassociates.com

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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