2018 Leadership Awards Recap

Date and Location

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
6:30pm – Reception
7:30pm – Dinner

Grand Ballroom New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
(between West 53rd and 54th Streets)

Our Emcee


Chuck Nice is an 18-year veteran of stand-up comedy with a rich history in entertainment. For years, Chuck has been busy making a name for himself across all mediums, including radio, television, and the internet. Very recently, Chuck was delighted to deliver a TED talk, on the main stage of the Vancouver conference, regarding the unintended consequence of future tech and human interaction. Currently he is the co-host of Star Talk with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tysonon Nat Geo.

Chuck has also hosted How to Buy Like Mega Millionaire and Home Strange Homeon HGTV. He is a regular contributor to the Today Show, has guest hostedThe View, and he is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, and HLN. Other credits include: Host of Price This Place on HGTV, VH-1‘sBest Week Ever,TRU TV’s World’s Dumbest,The Katie Couric Show, Bethany, The Meredith Viera Show, The Juiceon Veria Living, The Better Show, Vh-1’s 40 Greatest, Black to the Future, Undatable, 100 Greatest Songs of 00’s, host of The Hot Ten on Centric, host of WE TV’s Cinematherapy, host of That’s So House Hunters, host of the red carpet pre-show for the Independent Spirit Awards and host of “Is It True?” on Discovery. Despite his busy schedule, Chuck still makes time to regularly perform at NYC comedy clubs, delighting audiences with his storytelling style of stand-up comedy.

“The thing that most excites me is discovery,” says Nice. “Every appearance, every performance, every person I meet, is an opportunity for learning.” Most recently Chuck is preparing the groundwork for the world’s largest youth climate summit titled “Shh…It Just Got Real!” aimed at activating the people most affected by climate change, the youth who will inhabit the problem we are now creating.

The Awards

MetLife Inc.

The CPO of the Year Award is presented to the year’s outstanding corporate executive who advances the cause of supplier diversity, both within his or her corporation and throughout the corporate world. The honoree’s transformative vision, passion, integrity and record of success have raised the bar in developing supplier diversity, even in the face of an evolving business environment and the challenge of effecting fundamental change in the corporate world. The honoree is a world-class thought leader, redefining and enhancing the standard for supplier diversity’s place in corporate America.

Apple Inc.

The Minority 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.

ChemicoMays, Inc.

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.

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

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.

Event Sponsors

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Strategic Opportunities at the 2018 Leadership Awards

Strategic Opportunities at the 2018 NMSDC Leadership Awards

There’s no better way to support the 2018 NMSDC Leadership Awards than by becoming a sponsor. This black tie gala honors corporate executives, supplier diversity professionals, minority business owners and an affiliate council president for their exemplary leadership. The event is the perfect setting for your brand to shine alongside the best and brightest among the NMSDC network.

Please browse the opportunity booklet to see which opportunity is best for your business.


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Air Travel

The closest airport is LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

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