Adrienne Trimble selected as one of the “25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards” by The Network Journal (TNJ)

Adrienne Trimble selected as one of the "25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards" by The Network Journal

(New York City, New York) The Network Journal business publication’s “25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards” is marking its 22nd anniversary with a virtual presentation on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 3 pm EST, virtually and free of charge. Presented this year by Morgan Stanley and The Network Journal (TNJ), the event was originally scheduled for last March at the New York Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square, but it was postponed because of the pandemic shutdown.

“As in the past, this year’s 25 deserving women were chosen from hundreds of worthy nominations. And, as in the past, those selected showcase the rich cultural diversity of the Black community,” according to TNJ.

For 22 years, TNJ has consistently recognized “trailblazing Black women professionals and entrepreneurs,” such as accomplished and respected CEO and President of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) – Adrienne Trimble – at its annual affair.

Adrienne TrimbleAdrienne is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Prior to her role with NMSDC, Adrienne was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America. In her role at Toyota, Adrienne worked closely with the company’s Senior Leadership team in developing advocacy and accountability measures to integrate DEI processes across the organization’s business operations.

She also worked closely with the company’s External Diversity Advisory Board, chaired by Alexis Herman, former United States Secretary of Labor.

She led the company’s rise on the Diversity Inc. Top 50 list from number 42 to number 25 in two short years. She also firmly solidified the company’s recognition by third party advocacy organizations such as Black Enterprise Best Companies for Diversity, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and The United Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Securing the future and recognizing supplier diversity as part of the larger goal of economic inclusion has been enduring truths in Adrienne’s career. In 2019, she initiated several tech innovations within the NMSDC network, including a custom designed online community, NMSDC Connections, exclusively for its stakeholders. One of the hallmarks of her leadership of NMSDC has been her active commitment and thought leadership in what NMSDC can anticipate and provide. The goal is to expand economic engagement and ownership as a powerful and productive force in the Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American communities in the years ahead – with an eye toward the year 2045, the year by which the U.S. will achieve a majority-minority population. She was recently interviewed by Time – The Leadership Brief, which highlights stories on CEOs who are making an impact on the business world.

In addition to Adrienne Trimble, the NMSDC executive leadership team, staff and Affiliate Council Presidents would like to congratulate and honor the 2020 “Influential Black Women in Business” awardees who include:

  • Pamay Bassey, Chief Learning Officer, Kraft Heinz Co.
  • Tanya Branch, Managing Partner of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.
  • Tabrina Davis, Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Web Strategy, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Charlene Dukes, President, Prince George’s Community College
  • Aisha Browne Glover, President and CEO, Newark Alliance
  • Tanya Hart, Senior Vice President for Executive Compensation and Total Rewards, First Horizon National Corp.
  • Stephanie Hill, Senior Vice President for Enterprise Business Transformation, Lockheed Martin
  • Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
  • Tanya Curry Hoffman, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Nicola Halsall Idehen, Chief Human Resources Officer, the Vistria Group;
  • Arian June, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Celia Edwards Karam, Chief Audit Officer, Capital One Financial
  • Taneshia Nash Laird, President and CEO, Newark Symphony Hall
  • Judith Lee, Wealth Management Adviser/Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch
  • Depelsha McGruder, CEO, New York Public Radio;
  • Margenett Moore-Roberts, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Constituent Management Group, a division of Interpublic Group;
  • Montresa McMillan, Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Channels and OMNI, TD Bank
  • Nkonye Okoh, Managing Director, JP Morgan
  • Sitarah Pendelton-Eaglin, Senior Vice President, Original Series (MTV Group), ViacomCBS
  • Joan Prince, Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Dr. Yolanda Ragland, Podiatric Surgeon/CEO, Fix Your Feet Inc.
  • Cheryl Stokes, Partner, Heidrick Consulting, Heidrick & Struggles International Inc.
  • Angela Thompson-Howard, Vice President, Human Resources, UPS Eastern Region
  • Lizette Williams, Senior Director of U.S. Marketing, McDonald’s Corp.


About NMSDC |
Chartered in 1972, The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) stood up because of the civil rights movement in the late 1960s and continues to be the leading minority business development organization in the United States. NMSDC supports the economic sustainability of more than 12,000 certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) and advances minority business development by facilitating procurement opportunities between its certified MBEs and its network of Corporate Members.

The NMSDC network includes a National Office in New York, 23 affiliate regional councils, five international partner organizations and the Business Consortium Fund (BCF) as its funding arm.

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