Monica Rodriguez, Councilwoman, City of Los Angeles District 7
The Leadership Excellence Award is presented to an individual whose exemplary leadership and commitment have advanced diversity efforts resulting in tangible impact in the business community, and whose vision created the foundation upon which the organization’s diversity and engagement success has been built.
Click here to read the press release announcing Ms. Rodriguez as the Leadership Excellence Award recipient.
Monetta Stephens, Manager of Supplier Diversity, Toyota
The Hollis Smith Legacy Award is presented to an individual whose unwavering support embodies our founding president’s dedication to SCMSDC’s mission. Ms. Stephens’ longstanding influence in the community and advocacy for minority-owned businesses, as well as her diligence and conscientious endeavors to ensure utilization of minority business enterprises (MBEs) in contract awards, are attributes that enabled the economic development and growth of the diverse communities in our region.
Monetta is the supplier diversity manager for Toyota. In support of Toyota’s 21st Century Diversity Strategy, Stephens is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic-supplier diversity plan that ensures Toyota’s suppliers reflect the communities where Toyota does business throughout the U.S. She also developed and implemented the company’s metrics for tracking minority dollars spent. Stephens began her career with Toyota in 1986 and has held positions in tax accounting, financial reporting and fixed asset accounting. Stephens holds an Associate Science degree in accounting from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va., and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif.
Spirit of Diversity Award
Michelle Smith-Ballard, Vice President of Community and Citizenship, Turner Construction Company
The Spirit of Diversity Award is presented to an individual whose actions further the cause of supplier diversity and inclusion, and whose enthusiasm for advocacy fosters an environment of collaboration with community partners and other entities.
Michelle Smith-Ballard has 35 years of construction experience with the past fourteen years spent developing, administering, and monitoring diversity and small, minority, woman owned and disadvantaged business programs. She joined Turner in 1988 as a project accountant in the Los Angeles office where of her duties included reporting dollars spent with minority/women owned and disadvantaged businesses. In 1999, Michelle left Turner and joined Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) where, for a short time, she served as construction project analyst. After developing and presenting a comprehensive supplier diversity plan with an emphasis on increased spending with MBE/WBE/DBEs, Michelle was promoted as AEG’s Director of Procurement Equity and Supplier Diversity and remained in that capacity until 2007. Michelle rejoined Turner in February 2008 as Director of Community Affairs (now known as Community and Citizenship). She is responsible for administering Turner’s aggressive program which includes labor compliance, outreach, and MBE/WBE/DBE spend monitoring to ensure Turner’s 20% corporate goal is met in the Southern California business unit. Michelle coordinates and manages Turner School of Construction Management, an intense 7 week/ 15 session course that teaches MBE/WBE/DBE firms all aspects of construction. She also oversees Turner So Cal’s community involvement such as Youth Force 20/20, a national Turner program that seeks to inform and excite middle and high school students about the many careers in construction. This program administers Principal-for-a-Day, career days, the national program ACE Mentoring, and the Los Angeles Construction Career Awareness Day.
Alma McMaster, Program Manager, Supplier Diversity and Development, Southern California Edison
Alma McMaster is a highly experienced Supplier Diversity and Supply Chain Management Professional with over 25 years of experience with established U.S. corporations. Currently, Alma is a Supplier Diversity and Development Program Manager for Southern California Edison (SCE) and is responsible for partnering with Supply Chain and the organizational units to delivering successful sourcing and development initiatives designed to increase the participation of women, minority, service-disabled veteran and LGBT owned business enterprises (Diverse Business Enterprises) in procurement opportunities with SCE.
Alma is especially proud of the procurement spend SCE has achieved with Diverse Business Enterprises. In 2016, SCE reported nearly $1.7 Billion dollars of procurement spend with Diverse Business Enterprises, which represented 44.7% of SCE’s total procurement spend. That marked the fourth year in a row that SCE exceeded their aspirational goal of 40% spend with diverse suppliers.
Alma, a dedicated advocate for Diverse Businesses, works with and serves as a corporate advisor to many Diverse Business organizations including, the U.S. and California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, as well as numerous local diverse business chambers and has been recognized by many of these organizations for her efforts. Prior to her career at Southern California Edison, Alma worked for Hyundai Motor America and Mitsubishi Motor America in both a Supply Management and Supplier Diversity Management capacity. Alma is a California native and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Business Management from the University of California, Irvine.
Jarrod Sheets, Business Initiatives Consultant, Supplier Diversity, Wells Fargo
Presented to a supplier diversity professional who has shown great foresight in establishing a company’s diversity and inclusion initiative in response to demographic and economic trends and changes in the culture.
Jarrod Sheets is a business initiatives consultant on the Program and Strategic Outreach team for Supplier Diversity at Wells Fargo. His responsibilities include partnering with supplier development organizations and non-profits supporting diverse supplier inclusion and leading signature supplier diversity engagements.
Jarrod is based out of Des Moines, IA and has been with Wells Fargo for over 14 years. During his tenure he has managed several large scale business and technology initiatives within consumer lending. He attended Western Illinois University, where he earned both an MBA with an emphasis in international marketing as well as a
bachelor’s degree in management. Jarrod currently serves on the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Procurement Corporate Advisory Board; the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Scholarship Committee; the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) Board of Directors; and the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) Certification Committee.
Vicky Harper-Hall, Sector Manager, Global Supplier Diversity Programs & Government Relations, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
The Chairman’s Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates exceptional commitment in her contributions to SCMSDC.
Vicky Harper-Hall manages the strategically important small business and socio-economic business programs for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector. In this position, she oversees all aspects of sector programs related to small, small disadvantaged, women-owned, historically underutilized, veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small business, and historically black colleges/universities and minority institutions programs. As part of helping ensure Northrop Grumman’s competitive position in the defense industry, Harper-Hall also guides the company’s work in surveying and assessing potential small business partners, and works to increase those partners’ participation in government and commercial contracts. Harper-Hall also provides guidance to small business liaison officers at Integrated Systems sites, maintains U.S. government customer approval of the small business program and master subcontracting plan, and executes procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and corporate laws that govern the administration of the programs.