2017 Leadership Awards

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2017 Leadership Awards Program Book

2017 NMSDC Leadership Awards

Thank You for Making the 2017 Leadership Awards a Wonderful Success!

On Wednesday, May 17th, the 2017 National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Awards recognized the dynamic corporate executives, minority business owners and NMSDC affiliate council presidents for outstanding leadership that has a positive impact on their companies and resonates throughout the NMSDC network.

According to President Joset Wright-Lacy of NMSDC, “As we head into our 45th year of developing business opportunities for minority companies, we are very focused on finding new and meaningful ways to engage our members in our overall mission.

Doing business with minority-owned companies is good for America, as these MBEs contribute over 1 billion dollars to the US economy per day. We’re honored to be part of this substantial progress for minority business leaders.”

Congratulations To All Of The Honorees!

About the Leadership Awards

Leadership is not easy to define, but it is an essential element in achieving success and inspiring others to maximize their potential. A leader establishes a vision, sets direction and provides the guidance needed to reach a goal.

The 2017 NMSDC Leadership Awards recognizes the dynamic corporate executives, minority business owners and NMSDC affiliate council presidents for outstanding leadership that has a positive impact on their companies and resonates throughout the NMSDC network.

We look forward to sharing this exciting and memorable evening with you.

If you have questions, please contact: Christina Santos, Manager of Development and Member Services, at Christina.Santos@nmsdc.org or 212-944-2430 ext.143.

Our Emcee

Richard Lui - EmceeRichard Lui
MSNBC Anchor

Richard Lui has been an MSNBC dayside anchor since September 2010. He has anchored some of the network’s major breaking stories, including the 2011 debt-ceiling debate, the Arab Spring, and the deficit supercommittee failure. His daily reports have included the Tea Party movement, candidates’ social media strategies, and the link of unemployment to electability.

Lui has spent 25 years in community service in Africa, Asia, and the United States, volunteering for organizations like the United States Capitol Historical Society, the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and APIA Vote.

The Awards

The CPO of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding leader whose vision, passion and integrity has proven impactful within the Chief Procurement Officer’s corporation as well as the larger supplier diversity community.

The MBE of the Year Award is presented to the owner of an NMSDC-certified minority business enterprise who has been actively engaged within the NMSDC network for a minimum of two years.  The up and coming or seasoned recipient demonstrates exceptional leadership, is paving the way for other MBEs and is fully committed to minority supplier development and supporting the NMSDC network.

The Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year Award is presented to a national corporate member with at least two years of experience in a corporate supplier diversity role. The up and coming or seasoned recipient demonstrates exceptional action, engagement and leadership in supplier diversity and in support of NMSDC’s mission.

The Vanguard Award is presented to an NMSDC affiliate council president who has exhibited leadership in driving the value proposition for minority supplier development among corporate and MBE constituents throughout the NMSDC network. The recipient is announced publicly for the first time at the Leadership Awards ceremony.

Leaders for the Future Award
These individuals believe in the power of collaboration or co-creation to drive success. They commit their time, energy and financial resources to ensure the inclusion of MBEs in corporate business opportunities.

Robert M. Stuart Leadership Award**
Named for Robert M. Stuart, the founding chairman of the Board of the Directors of the National Minority Purchasing Council [later renamed NMSDC], is presented to a leader who has invested their time, energy and passion to advancing opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises in Corporate America. This individual is recognized for their overwhelming support and generosity that elevates the entire NMSDC network.

**This award may not be presented annually


Grand Ballroom New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas (between West 53rd and 54th Streets)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
6:30pm – Reception
7:30pm – Dinner

Alternate Hotels

You may wish to try one of the following hotels:

Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers 811 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street New York, New York 10019 (212) 581-1000

The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel 790 Seventh Avenue at 51st Street New York, New York 10019 (212) 581-3300


The closest airport is LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

The Warwick New York Hotel 65 West 54th Street (corner of Avenue of the Americas) New York, New York 10019 (212) 247-2700

The New York Marriott Marquis 1535 Broadway at 46th Street New York, New York 10036 (212) 398-1900 1-800-843-4898


2017 Sponsors


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