Thank you to all who attended our Leadership Excellence Awards. Your support and partnership played a key role in the success of our event, and we appreciate your participation.


The magic started with a Welcome Reception and Cocktail Hour in the lush courtyard set to the tunes of a live DJ in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles. One of the city’s most celebrated buildings for adaptive reuse, VIBIANA, once the Cathedral of St. Vibiana, was built in 1876 and converted into the stunning event venue it is today. In 2012, the building furthered the adaptive reuse by adding a flagship restaurant and five private dining spaces.

Today, the space is used for everything from weddings to fashion shows and film shoots. It’s especially appropriate, then, that we come together here on November 2nd as we nod to the past, embrace the future, and lead change to honor those who loom large in our diverse business community as leaders, advocates, and changemakers.



Thursday, November 2, 2023, 6-9pm
214 South Main Street, Los Angeles

Digital Program from the 2023 Leadership Excellence Awards

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1. LEA Award

2. Corporate Advocate

3. Hollis Smith Legacy

4. MBE Advocate

5. Rising Star

6. Spirit of Diversity

7. Community Visionary

LEA 2023 Leadership Excellence Award

2023 Leadership Excellence Award

The Honorable Steven Bradford

California State Senate District 35

LEA 2023 Corporate Advocate of the Year

Corporate Advocate of the Year

Michael Cooper

Director of Strategic Sourcing
The Walt Disney Company

LEA 2023 The Hollis Smith Legacy Award

The Hollis Smith Legacy Award

Dennis Thurston

Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Southern California Edison

LEA 2023 MBE Advocate of the Year

MBE Advocate of the Year

Carlton L. Oneal


LEA 2023 Rising Star Award

Rising Star Award

Flora Mayer

Manager, Supplier Diversity
City of Hope

LEA 2023 Spirit of Diversity Award

Spirit of Diversity Award

Darretta Whitfield

Director, Supplier Diversity
Charter Communications

LEA 2023 Community Visionary Award

Community Visionary Award

Dr. Yasmin Davidds

Founder and CEO
Latina Global Executive Leadership Institute

LEA 2023 Sponsors