2019 Leadership Awards

NMSDC Leadership Awards

Thursday, May 16, 2019 |6:30 – 10:30 p.m. |New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

“The State of Minority Business: The Business and Economic Impact” is the theme of this year’s Leadership Awards gala.

The Leadership Awards also honors dynamic corporate executives and minority business owners for their outstanding accomplishments. Awards are given to individuals with proven leadership, who have had a positive impact on their companies, and an impact that resonates throughout the NMSDC network.

Our Emcee



Mo Amer is an Arab American stand up comedian and writer of Palestinian descent, known for his iconic work with the comedy troupe “Allah Made Me Funny” – the longest running artistic collective of Muslim comic performers in the world.

On October 8, 2018, Amer debuted his first stand up special on Netflix, entitled “The Vagabond.” The special was filmed at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas and features a number of easter eggs, including a surprise appearance (off camera) by Amer’s longtime mentor Dave Chappelle (credited as “Announcer”), and original music by members of the legendary Roots crew (beat by Stro, lyrics by Black Thought). The special was directed by veteran comedy director/producer Stan Lathan.

A pioneer in Arab American stand up, Amer’s humor consists of observational comedy, political satire, and race related material, heavily drawing on autobiographical elements, as well as his unique improvised, conversational style. He tells his unusual, circuitous lifestory, detailing how he managed to travel the world without a passport for years before finally becoming a U.S. citizen after two decades; had an American soldier pull a weapon on him (at a military show) in Iraq; and once had Bradley Cooper (unintentionally) rescue him in the Middle East.

Amer has performed in well over two dozen countries on five continents, and he is the first and only Arab American refugee comic to perform for U.S. and coalition troops overseas. His sold out shows worldwide include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and Hammersmith Apollo (London), Acer Arena (Sydney), Nelson Mandela Theatre (Johannesburg), and Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles).

Additionally, Amer has toured extensively with Chappelle, performing over 600 shows with the standup legend, including at his historic run at Radio City Music Hall, where he shared the stage with Jon Stewart, Chance The Rapper, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Childish Gambino (Donald Glover), Trevor Noah, Hannibal Buress and Ali Wong.

Amer’s television credits include Comedy Central’s @midnight , TRU TV’s Comedy Knockout , and HBO’s Crashing . He also appeared on Bassem Youssef’s historic show ‘AlBernameg’ (aka ‘ The Daily Show of Egypt’). Last year, Amer made his late night debut on CBS’s Late Night with Stephen Colbert , while Rolling Stone named him among its “10 Comedians You Need to Know.” He will appear as a series regular on the Hulu original series Ramy (co starring with Ramy Youssef) in 2019.

Born in Kuwait, Amer fled to the United States as a refugee in 1990 and finally obtained his U.S. citizenship in 2009. He currently splits his time between New York City and his hometown of Houston, Texas.

Guest Speaker


MBDA National Director

Mr. Henry Childs II was appointed as the National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), on September 4, 2018. Director Childs is the 17th National Director of the agency. In his new role, Director Childs will continue to vigorously pursue growth opportunities for minorities as well as the Nation as a whole.

Prior to his appointment at MBDA, Mr. Childs served as the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this role, he advised EDA on economic development issues and fostered partnerships with other federal agencies, as well as national and international economic development organizations. He also coordinated the Department of Commerce’s $1 billion supplemental Congressional funds for disaster recovery and readiness grants after the natural disasters of 2017.

Director Childs also served as the Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Public Liaison. He works closely with the White House Office of American Innovation on economic development issues for urban communities and urban revitalization.

Director Childs holds a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law and a graduate certificate in International and Comparative Law.

The Awardees


Rainbow Push Coalition

The President’s Economic Impact Award honors a lifetime of heroic work in the economic development of minority-owned American business, building and enhancing extraordinary impact on the business of NMSDC-certified MBEs as well as all people of diverse backgrounds.


AT&T Communications

CEO of the Year is awarded to the chief executive officer whose leadership exemplifies the work and the mission of NMSDC, both in the conduct of business and in the advocacy of supplier diversity and its value to the American business future


DTE Energy

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.



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.


Puerto Rico 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 award for Lifetime Achievement is presented to the individual who has been tireless, visionary and game-changing in supporting and advocating for NMSDC and its leadership in supplier diversity.



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.


Strategic Opportunities at the 2018 Leadership Awards

Strategic Opportunities at the 2019 NMSDC Leadership Awards

There’s no better way to support the 2019 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.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Leadership Awards gala can be purchased through Friday May 3rd.  After May 3rd tickets can no longer be purchased.


The NMSDC room block at the Hilton is now sold out, however, the Hilton may still have availability.
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Air Travel

The closest airport is LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

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