A highly successful minority business entrepreneur, a longtime diversity champion and visionary and more than a dozen SCMSDC corporate members whose names are synonymous with supplier diversity excellence will be honored at the council’s Leadership Excellence Awards (LEA) dinner on November 12 at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
The LEA gala, SCMSDC’s final signature event of the year, recognizes individuals and corporations for their tireless work and contributions in advancing supplier diversity. This year, the council will present its most prestigious awards to two supplier diversity icons — Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO of ACT-1 Group, and Richard Chacon, director of Supplier Diversity and Development at MUFG Union Bank.
Howroyd, SCMSDC’s 2015 Leadership Excellence Award recipient, is among only three minority business enterprises (MBEs) who will have received this prestigious award; the other 35 recipients were CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
“Janice has inspired countless individuals,” according to SCMSDC President Virginia Gomez. “Since 1978, from a small office in Beverly Hills to an international enterprise, her unwavering support for supplier diversity and participation on various boards and initiatives have opened opportunities for many MBEs.”
Chacon, who will receive the Spirit of Supplier Diversity Leadership Award, is known for “guiding and mentoring countless MBEs, partnering with minority business advocacy and ethnic business organizations and growing Union Bank’s spend with diverse suppliers from $13 million to over $168 million,” says Gomez.
“Janice and Richard are individuals whose legacy in supplier diversity are widely known and they are deserving of the highest recognition,” she adds.
The Leadership Excellence Awards is one of SCMSDC’s most revered events, honoring individuals and corporations that have taken on leadership roles in supplier diversity.
The council will also present awards to local and national corporate members that have consistently provided tangible offerings to diverse entrepreneurs through training, development and contracts. These include Corporation, Innovator, Ambassador and Capacity Builder of the Year awards.
These awards are presented by the council and its Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC), a group that serves as the voice of SCMSDC’s 1,400 certified MBEs.
Corporations were nominated for their exemplary achievement and their continued role in championing supplier diversity efforts by certified SCMSDC suppliers. Nominees include: Southern California Edison; Toyota; American Honda Motor Co.; The Walt Disney Company; Nestle USA; Northrop Grumman; Verizon; Southern California Gas Co.; Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; USC; Anthem; Johnson Controls, Inc.; Comcast NBCUniversal; Kaiser Permanente and Chevron.
Be sure to join us on November 12 at SCMSDC’s black tie affair! It’s our last major event of the year and an excellent opportunity to network with corporate members and MBEs and celebrate the achievements of those who have made an impact in supplier diversity. It’s also a chance to reflect on the year and the successes and innovations in the field of supplier diversity. Early registration is available through November 4. Click here for more details.