2007 Applause Award Recipients

 

Left to right: Annette Taddeo, President and CEO, LanguageSpeak, Inc. who introduced 2007 Applause Award recipient Rebecca Congleton Boenigk, Chairman and CEO, Neutral Posture, Inc. and Linda Denny, President and CEO, WBENC.

Left to right: Annette Taddeo, President and CEO, LanguageSpeak, Inc. who introduced 2007 Applause Award recipient Rebecca Congleton Boenigk, Chairman and CEO, Neutral Posture, Inc. and Linda Denny, President and CEO, WBENC.

Rebecca Congleton Boenigk, Chairman and CEO of Neutral Posture, Inc. was recognized for her personal contributions and commitment to the advancement of Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs). She serves on the WBENC Board of Directors, was the chair of the Women's Enterprise Leadership Forum and has chaired the Women in Business Silent Auction in multiple years. She was also appointed by Hector Barreto, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, to serve on the National Women's Business Council which serves as an advisor to the President, Congress and the SBA.

 

Joan N. Kerr, Executive Director, Supplier Diversity Programs, AT&T was recognized for her personal contributions and commitment to the advancement of Women's Business Enterprises within corporate America and beyond. For three years, Joan served as the Chair of the WBENC Board of Directors and continues to serve on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair. She served as Chair of the Technology Committee and more recently founded and currently chairs the Global Business Committee.

 

Joan Kerr (center), Executive Director, Supplier Diversity Programs, AT&T is accompanied by her daughter, Talia Kerr (left) to receive the 2007 Applause Award presented by Linda Denny, President and CEO, WBENC

Joan Kerr (center), Executive Director, Supplier Diversity Programs, AT&T is accompanied by her daughter, Talia Kerr (left) to receive the 2007 Applause Award presented by Linda Denny, President and CEO, WBENC

Left to right: Bill Alcorn, Senior Vice President and Controller, Chief Purchasing Officer, JCPenney Company, Inc., who introduced 2007 Applause Award recipient Heather Herndon Wright, Senior Director of Affiliate Relations, WBENC and Linda Denny, President and CEO, WBENC.

Left to right: Bill Alcorn, Senior Vice President and Controller, Chief Purchasing Officer, JCPenney Company, Inc., who introduced 2007 Applause Award recipient Heather Herndon Wright, Senior Director of Affiliate Relations, WBENC and Linda Denny, President and CEO, WBENC.

Heather Herndon Wright, Senior Director, Affiliate Relations, was recognized by WBENC for her personal contributions and commitment to the advancement of Women's Business Enterprises. She was the founding Executive Director of the North Texas Women's Business Council and was involved in the founding of WBENC, drafting the original certification standards and procedures. During her corporate career, she represented her company as a member of the WBENC Board of Directors and served as Certification Committee Chair. After leaving her corporate career, Heather opened her own consulting business and became a certified WBE before joining the WBENC staff.