Crystal Leadership Award 

The Crystal Leadership Award is the highest honor given to a corporate member by WBENC.


2013 Recipient

James S. Turley, Global Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young 

James S. Turley Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ernst & Young LLP

James S. Turley
Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ernst & Young LLP

James S. Turley, Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young, was bestowed the Crystal Leadership Award during the 2013 Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) in Baltimore, MD.  It recognized Turley’s leadership in influencing women’s business success through Ernst & Young’s groundbreaking programs enabling women’s business development. It honored his stewardship of Ernst & Young’s extraordinary supplier diversity program. And it acknowledged his commitment to integrity, quality and professionalism throughout the organization.

“Jim Turley demonstrates the power of principled leadership in spurring growth among women’s businesses, from emerging entrepreneurs to established suppliers,” said Pamela Prince- Eason, President & CEO of WBENC. “His support of equal marketplace access and capacity development has resulted in stronger women’s businesses, and in turn, their contributions to a better economy.”

The audience of over 1,200 corporate, government and WBE executives viewed a heartfelt video of Turley accepting the award, since he was out of the country on business.  

Kerrie MacPherson, Principal at Ernst & Young LLP, which was a Presenting Sponsor of the Summit and Salute, joined him in thanking WBENC. She is the Executive Sponsor of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, a national competition and executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show potential for scalable growth and then guides them in achieving it. In acknowledging the award, Kerrie commented, “Jim Turley’s leadership in the areas of entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion has engaged our entire firm and unleashed a passion that energizes all of us. We are thrilled to support WBENC and are grateful for this well-deserved recognition of Jim’s outstanding commitment.” Ernst & Young pioneered the world-renowned Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award 27 years ago and founded its Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program six years ago. Additionally, this year Ernst & Young LLP was named one of WBENC’s 2012 America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises, an honor it has received four times.

About James S. Turley

Having begun his career with Ernst & Young in 1977, James Turley became Chairman and CEO in 2001. Based in New York and London, he serves as senior advisory partner for many of Ernst & Young’s largest global clients. As Chairman, he has worked to create a high-performance work environment with a highly visible leadership commitment to “Quality in Everything We Do.”

He is actively engaged with many stakeholders as part of Ernst & Young’s commitment to enhancing the public’s trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. He has encouraged dialogue with key stakeholders across the globe regarding the many changes facing the world capital markets, including the advent of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the United States, the introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards in more than 100 countries throughout the world, and the overall movement toward greater convergence of global auditing standards and global governance.

Throughout his career, Turley has actively supported numerous civic, cultural and business organizations. He is currently Chair of the National Corporate Theatre Fund. He co-chairs the Russia Foreign Investment Advisory Council and serves on President Obama’s Export Council. He is on the Board of Directors for Catalyst, Boy Scouts of America and on the Board of Trustees for Rice University. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable and IBLAC (International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai) and was Chair of the Governing Board of the U.S. Center for Audit Quality in 2007-2011. 

2012 Recipient

John Young, President and CEO, Energy Future Holdings

John Young, President and CEO, Energy Future Holdings accepts the Crystal Leadership Award from WBENC President and CEO Pamela Prince-Eason at the WBENC 2012 Summit & Salute.  Photography by visionista

John Young, President and CEO, Energy Future Holdings accepts the Crystal Leadership Award from WBENC President and CEO Pamela Prince-Eason at the WBENC 2012 Summit & Salute.  Photography by visionista

Access to the corporate marketplace for women’s businesses starts with the most senior leaders of an organization. At Energy Future Holdings (EFH), which has won the WBENC America’s Top Corporations Award in each of its 13-year history, that leadership begins with John F. Young, President and CEO.

In recognition of his commitment to women’s business success, WBENC President and CEO Pamela Prince-Eason presented Young with the prestigious Crystal Leadership Award at WBENC’s 2012 Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises, before more than 1,200 attendees representing major corporations, government entities and women’s businesses. “John Young is a pillar of commitment to women’s businesses,” she said. “He has mobilized a talented advisory team of experts and innovators at EFH that has created opportunities for women entrepreneurs to contribute with valuable products and services.” Young spearheaded a bold system to ensure organizational support for doing business with women. For two full years, EFH’s corporate advisory board –appointed and chaired by Young himself – has placed full accountability for women’s business enterprise (WBEs) inclusion and success where the opportunity lies, in the businesses themselves. Cheryl Stevens, EFH’s Vice President of Supplier Diversity, presents on a regular basis to the advisory council and the EFH board of directors. She also serves WBENC as Immediate Past Chair of the WBENC Board. “Cheryl Stevens is an eminently respected leader, who has guided our organization over many years and continues to be at the forefront of advancing opportunities for women’s businesses in the marketplace,” said Laura Taylor, WBENC Board Chair.

WBENC honored EFH for its exemplary support of WBEs earlier that day at the Awards Ceremony for the 2011 America’s Top Corporation for Women’s Business Enterprises. The ceremony took place at the Landmark Theater, and featured conversations among leaders from the Top Corporations on the opportunities and best practices for forging corporate-WBE partnerships that lead to enhanced products and services.

 About John F. Young 

John F. Young is president and CEO of Energy Future Holdings Corp., a Dallas-based energy company with a portfolio of competitive and regulated businesses, including TXU Energy, Luminant and Oncor.

EFH, a Fortune 500 company, is the largest power generator, retail electricity provider and electric delivery business in Texas. Under Young's leadership, the company has completed a $10 billion investment in capital improvements, adding 2,200 megawatts of new clean-air generation, making environmental upgrades on all its coal units, transforming the electric grid with smart technology, providing millions of dollars in low-income assistance and creating innovative, market-leading products and services to give customers greater choice, control and convenience. EFH and its employees also partner to serve communities and in the past five years have contributed more than $14 million to the annual United Way/TXU Energy AidSM campaign.

Prior to joining EFH, Young was executive vice president of finance and markets at Exelon Corporation, one of the nation's largest electric companies, with responsibilities for the finance functions and the trading and marketing organization, the Power Team. Young's previous leadership responsibilities at Exelon included the role of president of Exelon Generation, where he managed the company's nuclear, fossil and hydro operations as well as the Power Team. He joined Exelon Power as chief operating officer and was soon named president of the operating unit.