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Again, thank you for allowing me to serve you and this outstanding organization. I look forward to interacting with you personally and hearing your thoughts in the weeks and months to come.
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President and CEO, Pamela Prince-Eason
WBENC Announces New Board Chair Laura Taylor and
New President & CEO Pamela Prince-Eason
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) named Pamela Prince-Eason as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Prince-Eason previously was Chair of the WBENC Board of Directors, and most recently held the position of Vice President of Worldwide Procurement for Pfizer Inc. WBENC is the leading advocate for and authority on women's business enterprises as suppliers to the nation's corporations.
"We are proud to have Pamela Prince-Eason bring her distinctive knowledge and experience spanning procurement, women's business leadership and non-profit organizations," said Laura Taylor, newly elected Chair of WBENC's Board of Directors. "She is superbly equipped to lead us in our next phase of growth as we approach our 15th anniversary in 2012." Prince-Eason assumed the position of President and CEO on April 1, 2011.
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Prince-Eason has served in many leadership roles at WBENC, representing Pfizer on the WBENC Board as Treasurer, Chair and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, and Chair of the Technology and Audit Committees.
Her professional career as both corporate executive and woman business owner has honed her expertise in strategic leadership, management best practices and cost ownership processes. While at Pfizer, Prince-Eason advanced innovative strategies to deepen its commitment to women's business enterprises as premier suppliers. She also drove leadership opportunities for both women's business enterprises and internal Pfizer women to contribute valuably to the company.
Linda Denny, who has been President and CEO of WBENC since 2007, now serves as a President Emeritus of WBENC.
"We are extremely grateful to Linda Denny for her invaluable work in the strategic growth of our Corporate Membership, WBENC-Certified WBEs, and many programs and services. Under her leadership, WBENC has continued to expand its influence in the U.S. and abroad. We look forward to availing ourselves of her expertise and counsel," said Taylor.
Under the direction of WBENC Board Chair Taylor, a transition team has been put in place to work with Prince-Eason as the new President and CEO to create a transition plan for WBENC's next phase of growth. The transition team includes two members of the Board of Directors. Work on that plan began immediately and the plan is expected to be presented in early May.
As WBENC Chair, Taylor brings a track record of creating innovative, business enhancing programs in her leadership roles at WBENC and at Pitney Bowes, where she is Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Operations. She previously served as First Vice Chair of the WBENC Board, Executive Champion of the WBENC Ambassador Program and Vice Chair of Development Committee, among many significant roles at WBENC.
Benita Fortner, Director of Supplier Diversity at Raytheon Company, was named First Vice Chair of the WBENC Board. Previously serving as Second Vice Chair, Fortner has extensive experience in the supplier diversity space and has served in numerous board positions at WBENC and other organizations. A Second Vice Chair will be appointed at a later time.
About Laura Taylor:
Laura Taylor is the newly-elected Chair of the Board of WBENC. She is Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Operations, at Pitney Bowes Inc. She previously served as Vice Chair of WBENC, and in that role championed a key initiative of 2010, the re-launch of the WBENC Ambassador Program deepening WBENC's quality corporate membership.
Building strength from within the WBENC organization has been a theme of her contribution to WBENC over the years. As a member and then Vice Chair of the Development Committee, she worked with a team to develop an innovative dashboard for measuring goals and tracking progress for membership and sponsorship growth. She has also been instrumental in expanding membership, providing planning and guidance on membership recruiting events.
Taylor's reliable and strategic leadership is also reflected in her 25-year career at Pitney Bowes, where she has held management positions of increasing responsibility with multiple business units and at the corporate level. In her current position, Taylor has accountability for indirect strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, procurement solutions, supplier diversity, the supplier contract management process and business controls and compliance.
She was twice awarded the company's One Standard Excellence Award for results in business process improvement. As Vice President of Global Procurement Strategy and Operations, Taylor led and directed the creation of a Procurement competency model used to develop core capabilities, and she led the development and implementation of global procurement processes and solutions. Recently, she led the procurement work stream for a critical company-wide strategic transformation program. These and other contributions have helped to enable Pitney Bowes' strategic sourcing savings initiatives, which have realized over $300 million in benefits over the last six years.
Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from Western Connecticut State University. She is an active volunteer in her local school system, has served on the Board of Directors of the Southwestern Connecticut Girl Scout Council, and in 2010 was the recipient of the William J. Alcorn Leadership Award.
About Benita Fortner:
Benita Fortner is the First Vice Chair of the WBENC Board. She was formerly Second Vice Chair and prior to that Chair, Member Services and Programs. She is Director of Supplier Diversity for Raytheon Company. She assumed the position in September of 2000 after serving as the Socioeconomic Program Manager for Raytheon Systems Company.
Prior to joining Raytheon, Fortner served as the Corporate Liaison Officer and Manager of Socioeconomic Programs for Hughes Electronics Corporation wherein she held numerous management positions over a 28 year career.
Fortner currently serves as one of three co-chairs of TRIAD (an aerospace and defense industry group focused on government small business issues.) She serves as chair of the Advisory Board for the Tuck Minority Business Executive Program and on the Board of Overseers for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She serves on the boards of Diversity Information Resources, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the New England Minority Supplier Development Council, the Business Consortium Fund and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
Fortner has been involved in minority and women business outreach and development for more than 20 years. Her leadership roles in government and industry include the National Chair for MED Week 2002–2004, then named Chair Emeritus in 2005; and the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Week Planning Committee. She was the recipient of the NMSDC's Advocate of the Year Award and the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Diversity Leadership Award.
Fortner served on the Youth Motivation Task Force as a volunteer for more than 20 years. She has also served as an Advisory Board Member to Yo-San University (School of Traditional Chinese Medicine). Fortner holds a B.S.L. and Juris Doctors Degree from Golden West University and completed Raytheon's Business Leadership Program.
Stand Out From Your Peers — CPSD™ Exam Offered Onsite
at 2011 WBENC Conference
Register now to test on June 24, 2011, in Las Vegas,
for ISM's new supplier diversity designation.
Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), along with Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) have arranged a unique opportunity for members of either organization to take the new Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™) Exam following the WBENC 2011 National Conference & Business Fair, to be held June 21-23, 2011 in Las Vegas.
The new CPSD™ designation launched by ISM is developed for supply management and supplier diversity professionals who want to strengthen their knowledge and enhance their credentials in the field of supplier diversity. The CPSD™ Exam covers the major areas of supplier diversity and supply management. WBENC has been instrumental in working with ISM to include diversity subject matter experts in the development of the new designation.
As a supporter of the new CPSD™ program, WBENC has arranged for the CPSD™ Exam (one of two exams required for applying for the CPSD™) to be available for members on Friday morning, June 24, 2011 in Las Vegas.
"WBENC is proud to offer our Corporate Members access to this new Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™ credential. We believe it is important to recognize professional expertise in the area of corporate supplier diversity and are pleased that this certification will convey that knowledge in the business community," said WBENC President and CEO Pamela Prince-Eason, who is also an ISM Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®).
The registration fee for the onsite CPSD™ Exam at the WBENC Conference is US$180. Non-ISM members who register at the special rate of US$180 will save US$85 from the normal non-member rate. For more information on the CPSD™ Program, CPSD™ Exam specifications, and specifics on the onsite CPSD™ Exam scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, visit https://www.ism.ws/Certification/WBENCRegister.cfm. The registration deadline for the onsite WBENC Conference CPSD™ Exam is June 10, 2011.
Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) | www.ism.ws
Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals and organizations with an interest in supply management in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™) qualifications and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).
Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Sought for 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Competition
Ernst & Young LLP is calling for applications for its fourth annual Entrepreneurial Winning Women competition, a national leadership program designed for women entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of their businesses and help them realize the potential they envision for their companies.
To obtain an application form, or to nominate a deserving woman entrepreneur, visit: www.ey.com/us/entrepreneurialwinningwomen. The application deadline is June 30, 2011. Winners will be announced in October 2011.
The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program identifies and connects a select group of women entrepreneurs with the advisors, resources and insights they need to scale their businesses and become market leaders. The program is conducted in collaboration with the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, Women Presidents' Organization, the Committee of 200, National Association of Women Business Owners and Babson College.
"Women employ 16 percent of the US workforce and climbing – starting businesses at twice the rate of men. There has never been a better time to help women scale their businesses, adding even more jobs to the economy," noted Maria Pinelli, Americas Director, Strategic Growth Markets, Ernst & Young LLP. "Our program helps successful women entrepreneurs to propel their company's growth, which benefits their businesses, creates jobs, and helps to boost the economy."
Winners of the Entrepreneurial Winning Women competition will join an elite business network of the country's best high-growth companies, including accomplished entrepreneurs recognized through the 25-year-old Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® program. Winners will also participate in a customized executive leadership program designed to:
- Expand their knowledge with the latest information, research and executive dialogues about business strategies and practices
- Identify potential partners, strategic alliances, customers and suppliers as well as prospective sources of private capital
- Provide access to informal, one-to-one guidance and support
- Strengthen their executive leadership and business skills and identify opportunities to grow through meetings with senior advisors and seasoned entrepreneurs
- Increase national and regional visibility for themselves and their companies among corporate executives, investors and the media
"The Women's Business Enterprise National Council highly values recognition initiatives for women business enterprises (WBEs) and views the Ernst & Young Winning Women competition as a premier opportunity for WBEs," said WBENC President & CEO Pamela Prince-Eason. "The benefits received by the winners of this competition range from participation in a customized executive leadership program and a platform to introduce their companies to a bevy of important contacts. The training, contacts, promotions, and prestige that are awarded to the Winning Women are invaluable."
In 2010, four WBENC Certified WBEs were recognized as Ernst & Young Winning Women, to include:
- Amy Gonzales and Kelly Caldwell of AK Environmental (West Trenton, NJ) – Women Presidents' Educational Organization – NY
- Lili Hall of KNOCK Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) – Women's Business Development Center - Chicago
- Barbara Levine of Exam Coordinators Network (Boca Raton, FL) – Women's Business Development Center – Florida
- Elisabete Miranda of Translations Plus (Hackensack, NJ) – Women Presidents' Educational Organization – NY
"Ernst & Young has been one of WBENC's America's Top Corporations for Women Business Enterprises for the last two years based on world-class programs like Winning Women," shared Prince-Eason. "Plus their active participation in supporting WBENC in creating level playing fields for WBEs to compete for corporate contracts makes them a strong ally to all women business enterprises."
Each winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum 2011, which takes place November 9-13, 2011 in Palm Springs, California. The Strategic Growth Forum, dubbed by Forbes.com as one of the "Seven Get-Ahead Executive Retreats," is an invitation-only gathering of high-growth, market-leading company CEOs. The Forum presents a one-of-a-kind platform for Ernst & Young Winning Women to introduce their companies and share their corporate and personal brands within a community of established entrepreneurs, top executives, prospective investors and business advisors. All 2011 Winning Women will be recognized at a special celebratory event during the Forum. For more information on the forum, including speakers from top US companies, visit: www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthforum.
Competition Criteria and Selection:
To apply for the program, applicants must fit the following criteria:
"Through Entrepreneurial Winning Women and the Strategic Growth Forum, my network has grown exponentially," said Susan Rice, President, Cavanagh Services Group, Inc., a WBENC-Certified WBE and a 2010 Entrepreneurial Winning Woman. "I have learned that even the most established entrepreneurs have similar challenges to me, which gives me the strength to know I can achieve that same level of success. I have gained more confidence to think bigger, and I have real plans for change in growing my company and exploring new market segments."
- Founding woman CEO of a privately held US company
- Company must have reported at least one full fiscal year of $1 million in sales within each of the last 2 years
- Venture must be less than 10 years old
- Entrepreneur must be able to attend an orientation/preparation session at Ernst & Young's headquarters in New York City on October 4-5, 2011, and the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, November 9-13, 2011, in Palm Springs, CA.
The 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women panel of independent judges — representing successful entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders — will name 10 Entrepreneurial Winning Women in October 2011. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate qualities needed to take full advantage of the program, including successes to date that exhibit the creativity, tenacity and plan necessary to realize their companies' full potential and the confidence and conviction to drive toward market leadership. In addition, Entrepreneurial Winning Women should have the maturity and level of business sophistication needed to interact effectively with potential investors, high-level business advisors and top executives.
About Ernst & Young's Strategic Growth Markets Practice
Through its Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice, Ernst & Young guides high-growth companies to market leadership worldwide. Ernst & Young's multidisciplinary teams of dedicated professionals provide perspective, advice, and insights to help its clients accelerate their growth. Ernst & Young is the undisputed leader in guiding Russell 2000® companies, IPO-bound companies and Forbes' largest private companies. Ernst & Young delivers assurance, advisory, tax and transaction advisory services to thousands of companies in numerous, selected industries.
About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, its 141,000 people are united by Ernst & Young's shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. Ernst & Young makes a difference by helping its people, its clients and wider communities achieve their potential.
For more information, please visit www.ey.com.
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Amgen, The Act-1 Group, and Zorch.
Early Bird Ends, But There's Plenty of Time Left to Register!
Although, the early bird discount for Full Conference Admissions for the 2011 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair, June 21-23, ended on April 15, online Exhibitor Registration remains open until Friday, May 27 and online Attendee Registration remains open until Wednesday, June 8. Click here now to register and make your hotel reservations!
The conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center. This is the "don't miss" conference and business fair for women business owners worldwide, and the corporations and government agencies committed to doing business with certified women-owned businesses!
May Deadlines for the National Conference MatchMaker
On Thursday, June 23, WBENC will host MatchMaker Meetings as part of the 2011 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair. WBENC Corporate Members will have buyers available to meet with WBENC-Certified women's business enterprises (WBEs) to discuss possible opportunities in various service and product areas.
Important MatchMaker Deadlines:
Monday, May 2 – Deadline for WBENC National Corporate Members to send in commitments to participate in the MatchMaker. Please email email@example.com by Monday, May 2.
Wednesday, May 13 – Last day for WBENC-Certified WBEs to register for the National Conference and be eligible to participate in the MatchMaker. WBEs must be registered with a full conference registration or purchase a WBE exhibitor booth to be eligible for the MatchMaker. Register today!
MatchMaker Webinar Training for WBEs:
WBENC and Supplier Gateway will host a WBE training/information webinar on April 28 and May 12. These webinars will provide a walkthrough of the MatchMaker Meetings process, and answer questions. Links to register for each webinar are shown below:
April 28th, 2011, 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: click here or copy this link into your browser: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/957050595
May 12th, 2011, 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: click here or copy this link into your browser: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/239021403
Upon completing a full conference registration or purchasing a WBE exhibitor booth (paid in full) for the June 21-23 event, WBEs will receive an email reminding them to update their profiles at MatchMaker365 for use by corporations for the June Matchmaker Meetings. The updates must be completed by May 18.
Schedules for available buyer meeting slots (or opportunities) at the various Corporate Member organizations will be posted in the system by May 18th and suppliers will have the opportunity to schedule meetings at that time.
Please contact MM365support@suppliergateway.com or call (216) 432-6922 if you have any questions or need more information on the Matchmaker Meetings process.
2011 National Conference Silent Auction: Donate and Be Recognized!
This year's Silent Auction, chaired by Rebecca Boenigk of Neutral Posture, will take place the evening of Tuesday, June 21 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in the Islander Ballroom. WBENC is seeking donations of items that generate excitement, great interest, and great bids. Specifically, WBENC is looking for trips, air travel, hotel stays, tickets to sporting events, jewelry, money, unique meetings with celebrities or government officials, power lunches with corporate executives, electronics, and much more.
WBENC appreciates your generosity and looks forward to any donation with a minimum value of $250. Your Auction donation guarantees national exposure reaching thousands of businesses and may be tax deductible. Proceeds from this event support the programs and services that are provided by WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations.
How to Donate: Click here to download the donation form.
WBENC's Conference Prep Webinar Series
Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.
- Robet Schuller, author and Pastor Emeritus, Crystal Cathedral.
Recently, when a room filled with over 500 women business owners were asked if they came to an event with a marketing strategy, less than two percent raised their hands. To ensure WBENC-Certified WBEs are prepared for the spectacular opportunities that await them at WBENC's upcoming National Conference & Business Fair, WBENC introduces its Conference Prep Webinar Series. Each one-hour Live Meeting webinar will feature one of the following topics:
- Maximizing Your Time at the Conference – Corporate & WBE Perspectives - May 5, 2011 - Presented by Lawrence Wooten, Manager, Supplier Diversity, Pitney Bowes Inc.
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation.
- Capability Statements: What They Are and How to Use It to Showcase Your Company - May 12, 2011 - Presented by Dr. Steven Sudler, CEO, The Sudler Group (and former WBENC Chief Information Officer)
- The ABC's of Conference Preparation - Date TBA
- Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch to Present Your Business - Date TBA
- Conference Selling Strategies and Tactics - Date TBA
- Social Media 101 - Presented by AT&T - June 9, 2011
The Conference Prep Webinar Series will be held from 1-2 p.m. EDT each Thursday during the month of May 2011 and the first and second Thursday in June.
To access the call dial 877-923-6297, and enter Access Code 5888 610#.
To access the Live Meeting, enter:
Attendee URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/wbenc/join?id=CONF2011&role=attend&pw=VEGASAttend2011
Meeting ID: CONF2011
Attendee Entry Code: VEGASAttend2011
Only the first 150 people to sign on will be able to participate in the Live Meeting.
Click here for handouts for each session, which are made available within 48 hours following each webinar.
Other Resources for First-Time Attendees
For first-time attendees to WBENC's National Conference & Business Fair or anyone looking for a refresher, be sure to participate in face-to-face workshops that will provide new information and some refresher points from the Webinar Series and other WBENC monthly webinars. These onsite Conference workshops include:
For more information about WBENC's Conference Prep Webinar Series, First-Time Attendee Orientation, and Making the "Opportunity Connection" Work for You sessions, please contact Cristy McCullough, Vice President, Marketing, Communications, & Brand Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday, June 20, 2011, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. - First-Time Attendees Orientation
- Tuesday, June 21, 3:45 - 5:15 p.m - WBE WBENCLink Training
- Tuesday, June 21, 3:45 - 5:15 p.m - Corporate WBENCLink Training
- Tuesday, June 21, 8:30 a.m. -10 a.m. - Making the "Opportunity Connection" Work For You
Call for Authors
Are you an author with
a book that is just right for entrepreneurs and/or corporate America? WBENC has issued a call for authors. For more information about how to get your book included in the WBENC's 2011 National Conference & Business Fair Bookstore sponsored by Staples and Roxbury Technology Corporation, please send your contact information, book title, name/contact information of publisher or recommended book title to email@example.com.
Accenture and Ernst & Young LLP: Leaders in Building Best Practices Supplier Diversity and Cultivating World Class WBEs
Accenture and Ernst & Young proudly conveyed their leadership in advancing the success of women's business owners as Presenting Sponsors of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises. The annual Summit & Salute convened nearly 1,000 corporate representatives and women's business enterprises for two days of thought leadership and business development opportunities from March 22nd to 24th at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.
Accenture – Presenting Sponsor, 2011 Summit & Salute to WBEs
For the second year in a row, Accenture has been a Presenting Sponsor at the Summit & Salute bringing together Corporate Members and WBEs to access the knowledge and connections that are crucial to their success. From global business trends to innovative growth strategies, Accenture is known for the expertise it brings to world-renowned clients.
When it comes to the company's procurement and supplier diversity realms, Accenture takes the same approach, working to improve its own practices while enabling its women's business enterprises to increase their sophistication and thrive.
"We are proud to stand behind our women's and minority business suppliers because we know they bring us fresh thinking, nimble delivery, and productive relationships," said Accenture's Chief Procurement Officer Al Williams.
On behalf of Accenture, Williams accepted WBENC's highest award for a Corporate Member, the America's Top Corporations for Women's Busines Enterprises award, at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Earlier that morning, he introduced author Alice Schroeder who presented the Summit's opening keynote on Navigating and Profiting in a World of Changing Business Models.
|Left to right: Roger Larsh, North American Procurement Lead, Cargill; Lisa Martin, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Procurement & Global Operations, Pfizer Inc.; Mark Servodidio, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Avis Budget Group; Ron Rodrigues, Supplier Diversity Manager (representing Leo Lonergan, Chief Procurement Officer), Chevron; Tim Harden, President, Supply Chain and Fleet Operations, AT&T Services, Inc.; Al Williams (standing), Chief Procurement Officer, Accenture; Mistress of Ceremonies Marianne Strobel, Executive Director, Supplier Diversity, AT&T Services, Inc.|
That night at the black tie Salute, he gamely participated in a panel of Silent Auction Power Lunch Executives, sharing his insights with Marianne Strobel, Executive Director Supplier Diversity, AT&T.
Hillary Stanley, Global Legal Operations Lead, Accenture, also participated at the Salute, addressing the audience about opportunities created at the event and Accenture's efforts in supplier diversity.
Accenture's commitment to WBEs extends throughout the year and this year, 26 CEOs or owners of WBE, MBE and other diverse businesses will participate in the company's third Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP). Started in 2006 – the DSDP matches Accenture executives as mentors with its diverse company protégés for an 18-month program. It convenes the mentors and protégés once a quarter for a one and one-half to two-day business symposium with professionals from across Accenture as well as for peer networking and collaboration.
|Hillary Stanley, Global Legal Operations Lead, Accenture and Presenting Sponsor of the Salute to Women's Business Enterprises: The Opportunity Connection, provides remarks. Earlier that day, Accenture was recognized as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises for the third year. |
The brainchild of Supplier Diversity Director Ray Toomer, the Diverse Supplier Development Program has grown from 10 suppliers in the first class to 16 in the second, and now 26 in 2011. Toomer also participated in the Summit's Supply Chain Best Practices Panel – Partnerships and Capacity Building.
One focal point in this third class of the Diversity Supplier Development Program will be inviting past DSDP graduates to share practices on how to best leverage the knowledge capital, developmental assistance and executive networking provided by Accenture, and advising participants on ways to maximize the benefits and opportunities of the program.
WBENC-Certified WBEs participating in the program have included Artech Information Systems, ASAP, Avion Systems, Global Resource Management, Inc., Sun Technologies, Inc., Team Housing Solutions, Technology Concepts Group International, VIVA USA Inc.
Ernst & Young – Presenting Sponsor at WBENC Summit & Salute to WBEs
As a WBENC Corporate Member, Ernst & Young works hand in hand with WBENC to identify women's business leaders, not only as innovative and dynamic suppliers to the firm, but also as candidates for its world-renowned Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Entrepreneurial Winning Women Campaign, now in its third year.
Through the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Campaign, Ernst & Young provides women's business owners with two crucial keys to success in closing contract agreements: access to capital and access to decision makers.
|Deborah Holmes, Global Director, Corporate Responsibility, Ernst & Young, accepts America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises recognition award for the company's second year. |
Also pictured (L-R): Tara Abraham, Chair, Top Corporation Selection Committee, and CEO, ACCEL INC; Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, USAF; Deborah Holmes, Global Director, Corporate Responsibility, Ernst & Young; Linda Denny, President Emeritus, WBENC; and Laura K. Taylor, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Operations, Pitney Bowes Inc., and Chair, WBENC Board of Directors.
WBENC honored Ernst & Young as one of an elite list of 20 corporations receiving WBENC's 2010 America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises award. For the second year in a row, Ernst & Young received this recognition as a corporation whose world-class supplier diversity program enables women's business enterprises (WBEs) to compete for and win corporate contracts. In a special ceremony that afternoon at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Faranak Naghavi, Partner, accepted the award on behalf of Ernst & Young.
During the Summit, Theresa Harrison, Director of Supplier Diversity, Ernst & Young, addressed the luncheon audience and moderated the Supply Chain Best Practices Panel on Partnerships and Capacity Building.
|Theresa Harrison, Director, Supplier Diversity, Ernst & Young, moderated the Supply Chain|
Best Practices Panel -- Partnerships and Capacity Building.
That evening at the Salute to WBEs, Keri E. Day, Partner Assurance Services, addressed the gala awards ceremony honoring 14 WBEs across the country selected for their outstanding achievement.
"At Ernst & Young, we know that women's business enterprises create jobs and fuel economic growth. That's why we created Entrepreneurial Winning Women to increase the number of market-leading companies run by women," said Maria Pinelli, Americas Strategic Growth Markets Leader for Ernst & Young, whose group guides the best high-growth companies to market leadership worldwide.
By harnessing the firm's considerable resources, extensive network of contacts, and power to convene large groups of people at business events, Ernst & Young puts those elements to work in Entrepreneurial Winning Women to support the growth of women entrepreneurs.
The business case is compelling: a study by the Center for Women's Business Research shows that the eight million women-owned enterprises in the US have an annual economic impact of nearly $3 trillion dollars. Women create or maintain more than 23 million jobs – 16% of all US employment. Worldwide, women own or operate 25% to 33% of all private businesses, according to the World Bank. Women-owned enterprises grow faster than those owned by men, and faster than businesses overall.
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurial Winning Women® program provides outstanding women entrepreneurs with the opportunity to accelerate the growth of their businesses and realize the vision they have for their companies. This annual competition and executive leadership program identifies a select group of high-potential female entrepreneurs and provides them with mentoring and access to networks of established entrepreneurs, executives, advisors, and investors.
Developed in the US in 2008, Entrepreneurial Winning Women was launched in Indonesia in 2010 and is expected to launch in Australia, Brazil, Turkey, and several other countries in 2011 and 2012.
If you're a dynamic woman entrepreneur with the vision and passion for growing your company – or if you know one you'd like to nominate – Ernst & Young invites you to compete to become one of the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women™. To enter the competition, you must be a woman CEO who has founded a company within the last 10 years, and has achieved at least US$1 million in revenue in each of the past two years.
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Seated – Front Row - Left to Right: Rosalie Edson, President, Meadows Office Furniture Co., representing Women Presidents' Educational Organization-NY; Beth Williams, CEO, Roxbury Technology Corp, representing the Center for Women & Enterprise; Monique Honaman, CEO, ISHR Group, representing Greater Women's Business Council; Rebecca Boenigk, CEO, Neutral Posture, Inc., representing Women's Business Enterprise Alliance; Patty Klein, CMP, President and CEO, A-Plus Meetings & Incentives, representing Women's Business Development Center-Florida.
Standing Left to Right: Sharon Castillo, Principal, SB Services, Inc., representing Women's Business Development Center – Chicago; Linda Denny, WBENC President Emeritus; Michele McHenry, President, Laser Lab, Inc, representing Women's Business Enterprise Council-PA-DE-sNJ; Janell McGill, Principal, Milligan Events, representing Astra Women's Business Alliance; Janice Migliore, CEO, PALCO, representing Women's Business Enterprise Council- South; Lorelei Carobolante, President & CEO, G2nd Systems, LLC, representing Women's Business Enterprise Council-West; Floriza Genautis, CEO, Management Business Solutions, representing Women's Business Enterprise Council-Great Lakes; Angie Hollerich, CEP, CCA, and Owner, Brass Ring Productions, Ltd., representing Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council; Pam Curry, Executive Vice President, One Safe Place Media Corp, representing Women's Business Council-Southwest; Candice Bennett, President, Candice Bennett & Associates, Inc., representing Women Presidents' Educational Organization-DC; WBENC Board Chair Laura Taylor, and WBENC President and CEO Pamela Prince-Eason.
Fourteen exemplary women business leaders received the nation's premier award for excellence among women's business enterprises (WBEs) bestowed by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) at its annual Salute to Women's Business Enterprises, Wednesday, March 23, 2011, before 1,000 corporate executives, WBEs and government and nonprofit VIPs at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.
WBENC's Summit & Salute is part of a comprehensive two-day strategic educational program showcasing thought leaders and key business trends, and providing WBEs with vital access to WBENC Corporate Members.
The 2011 WBENC WBE Stars are national representatives selected by WBENC's 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), which process WBENC's world-class certification of WBEs, in addition to providing skill-building educational programs and business development opportunities with major corporations.
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council's 12th Annual America's Top Corporations For Women's Business Enterprises took place at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC.
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Seated Row Left to Right
Gary Kapusta, President, Coca-Cola Customer Business Solutions, The Coca-Cola Company; Barbara Kubicki,SVP, Supply Chain Management Executive, Bank of America; Debra Bass, Worldwide Vice President, DePuy Cross Franchise Marketing, Johnson & Johnson; Mark J. Servodidio, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Avis Budget Group; Faranak Naghavi, Partner at Ernst & Young LLP; Pamela Berklich, SVP Global Solutions & Services, Kelly Services, Inc.; Grace Puma, SVP & Chief Procurement Office r, PepsiCo, Inc.; Lisa Martin, Chief Procurement Officer, Pfizer Inc.; Martha Artiles, Chief Diversity Officer, Manpower, Inc.; Patrice Knight, VP Global Supply, Global Operations, IBM Corporation.
Standing Row Left to Right
Laura Taylor, Chair of the WBENC Board and VP, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Operations, Pitney Bowes, Inc.; Tara Abraham, Chair and Co-CEO of Accel, Inc.; Nicholas De Tura, VP, Supply Chain and Logistics, Alcatel-Lucent; Tim Harden, President, Supply Chain and Fleet Operations, AT&T; Al Williams, Chief Procurement Officer,Accenture; Kim Brown, Vice President, General Procurement, Dell; Rob Lidster, Vice President of Supply ChainEnergy Future Holdings; Francene Young, V.P. Talent & Diversity and Inclu sion, Shell Oil Company; Leo Lonergan, Chief Procurement Officer, Chevron Corporation; Bridget Kostelnik, General Manager, Strategic Procurement, ExxonMobil Corporation; Linda MacLean, VP Global Procurement, UPS; Tonya E. Rozier-DeAnda, Director, Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Diversity, Quality and Relationship Management, and Metrics & Analysis, Verizon Services Operations, Verizon; Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught; Linda Denny, WBENC President Emeritus
Summit & Salute Raffle Benefits American Red Cross
During the 2011 Summit & Salute held on March 22-23, WBENC partnered with the American Red Cross for an inaugural charity raffle. The net proceeds were shared between the organizations. Funds given to the Red Cross were directed to the Japan Relief Fund to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in early March. Due to the generosity of Summit & Salute attendees, the raffle raised over $8,000, and WBENC was able to send $4,500 to the Red Cross.
The raffle prizes were generously donated by Sharon Evans of CFj Manufacturing. Raffle participants were delighted to have the opportunity to support a good cause, especially when the prizes were a beautiful Charles Krypell ring and pendant necklace. WBENC extends a warm thank you to all the raffle participants!
Women Presidents' Educational Organization–DC
Announces New Executive Director
The Women Presidents' Educational Organization-DC (WPEO-DC) is pleased to announce that Sandra Barnhard accepted the role of Executive Director in the region, which covers the states of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columnbia, where the regional office is headquartered.
In this new role, Barnhard:
• Oversees the day-to-day operations of WPEO-DC
• Manages WPEO-DC budget, programs, outreach and staff
• Builds relationships and deepens commitments with WPEO-DC strategic partners
• Serves on WBENC's Leadership Council
Prior to joining WPEO-DC in March, Sandra worked in corporate America. As the Asset Manager for Aetna Healthcare's northeast region, she managed all leased/owned facilities and administrative sales shared service operations in the Northeast. She approved and arranged for financing of capital spending plans consistent with financial objectives as well as developing programs for efficiency gains and delivering them nationwide. She received the Chairman's Award for excellence in performance during the 9/11 crisis.
In a previous role, as a Director of Customer Service for Vytra Healthcare, Barnhard directed over 100 employees responsible for servicing over 200,000 insured lives and over 10,000 providers and hospitals. While directing a management team, which developed policies and procedures to ensure the department's workflow complied with New York State regulations, she was also instrumental in the restructuring of the Customer Service department which received the MCI Service Achievement Award in 1997.
As an advocate for women's issues, she has been a member of the New York Women's Agenda, a coalition of women's organizations, affiliated with over 100 organizations in New York City, dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families. A member since 1998 and as an active advocate for women's economic empowerment, she served as President from 2006 to 2008. Other social commitments include acting in the capacity as an advocate for survivors of violent crimes against women. As a trained Crisis Intervention Counselor, she participated with Mt. Sinai's Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention, SAVI, Program and has been a member of the New York Junior League since 2003.
Sandra's formal education includes a BA from SUNY Potsdam as a licensed Math Teacher K-12; Project Manager Certification from Boston University Corporate training program; Quality Improvement and six sigma training and specialist in HR.
WPEO Annual Awards Breakfast
The Women Presidents' Educational Organization-New York (WPEO-NY) recognized women business owners, corporations, and women's business advocates at the Annual Awards Breakfast on March 4th at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The event celebrated the 13 years the WPEO has created access for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) to private-sector opportunities. In addition, the WPEO acknowledged WPEO-certified WBEs and WPEO Corporate Sponsors. The WPEO provides full service third party WBENC certification to women entrepreneurs in the New York, Northern New Jersey, Southern Connecticut and Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas.
WPEO honored the following award winners:
- Women's Business Advocate, DC Region: Bunni Wheeler-Young, Freddie Mac
- Women's Business Advocate, NY Region: Joy P. Crichlow, Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc.
- Outstanding Corporation, DC Region: Exxon Mobil Corporation
- Outstanding Corporation, NY Region: PSEG
- WPEO Rising Star, DC Region: Judy Bradt, Summit Insight LLC
- WPEO Rising Star NY Region: Beverly Rossi, Graphic Matter, Inc.
- WPEO Star, DC Region: Mary Moslander, LiveHealthier
- WPEO Star, NY Region: Julie Auslander, cSubs
- WPEO President's Award DC Region: Catherine Thomas, Kinetix Technology Partners, LLC
- WPEO President's Award NY Region: Diana Domenech Mott, JPMorgan Chase
Michelle Richards Named SBA Michigan Women in Business Champion
WBENC congratulates Michelle Richards, President of the Women's Business Enterprise Council-Great Lakes, for being named by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the SBA Michigan Women in Business Champion of the Year. This award recognizes Richards' commitment to the advancement of women's business ownership.
|Michelle Richards, President, Women's Business Enterprise Council-Great Lakes|
Richards will be honored on April 28, 2011 where 1,000 supporters will gather to honor some of Michigan's most passionate, accomplished and courageous small business owners and their advocates at the 7th Annual 2011 Michigan Celebrates Small Business ceremony at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI.
For information about this event, visit www.michigancelebrates.biz/event
Nancy Allen Named SBA South Florida Women in Business Champion
Nancy Allen, President & CEO, Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) was named the U.S. Small Business Administration's South Florida District 2011 Women in Business Champion of the Year. This award acknowledges Allen's personal efforts and achievements in advocating for and advancing business ownership and expansion opportunities for women. Awarded for her tireless advocacy efforts on behalf of women-owned businesses at the helm of the Women's Business Development Council, Allen's leadership in organizations like Women Impacting Public Policy, and her national role and impact as a Board Member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council are all stellar accomplishments.
|Nancy Allen, |
President & CEO, Women's Business Development Council
The growth of the WBDC in the number and caliber of outstanding women-owned firms is a worthy achievement that has far-reaching and lasting impact. Especially since, it is small businesses that create the jobs that strengthen our communities. Allen is a vital part of the success!
Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of Small Business Week during which SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners and champions for their personal successes and contributions to our nation. The 2011 National Small Business Week Awards Celebration will be held May 18-20, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Profile Updates. WBEs who need to correct or update their profiles and cannot access the appropriate section, should email their assigned Regional Partner Organization (RPO) to make the changes. Please note that only the owner's email should be used to request changes by the RPO.
Forgotten passwords must be reset using the WBENCLink login box. Please enter the company's username (usually the complete email address of the female owner), then click the "Forgot Your Password" link to have the database automatically email the owner of the username a new password. Please do this just once. If, after one hour, a new password has not been received, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the correct username. After receipt of the correct username, please repeat the process.
The WBENCLink Support Desk assists WBEs with WBENCLink technical issues and new certifications. For information about recertification, please visit www.wbenc.org/Certification/Recertification-Process/ or WBEs may contact their RPO.
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WBENCLink Database Training for Certified WBEs to be Held April 27,
May 11 and 25
WBENCLink Database Training for Certified WBEs will be held on the second and last Wednesday of each month in 2011. Exception: December has just one training date - on the 14th.
Each class is limited to the first 50 people who log in to the Internet meeting site. Therefore, it is not necessary to register for this training. Note: if you choose to log in early to reserve your spot, you may do so. However, please do not phone in to the session until the class is due to begin as WBENC will be charged for this time. The session time is one hour, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 1:00 p.m. Central / 11:00 a.m. Mountain and Pacific.
- Updating your company's profile
- Adding users to your profile
- Changing your password
- Searching for certified WBEs
- Searching for Corporate Members
- Downloading your certificate
- WBENC Seal/Logo
- Recertification Process
- Appropriate use of database data
To access the training, go to:
It is not necessary to install Microsoft Live Meeting, you may just click "Accept & Join" to enter the meeting.
For information regarding training, please contact Susan Cates at 202-872-5515 Ext. 8100.
WBENCLink Training for WBENC
Corporate Members to be Held May 10, 2011
Please join other Corporate Members for a session on "How to Use the WBENCLink Database" on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. This one hour session will begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 1:00 p.m. Central / 11:00 a.m. Mountain and Pacific.
- WBE searches
- Tracking a WBE certification
- Company Profile maintenance
- Adding/deleting users
To access this training session, go to:
Meeting ID: CorpTrain2011
Entry Code: CorpAttend2011
Phone Number: 1-877-923-6297
Pass Code: 9222170#
Note: It is not necessary to install Microsoft Live Meeting; just click "Accept & Join" to enter the meeting.
For information about training, please contact Susan Cates at 202-872-5515 Ext. 8100.
Misuse of WBENCLink Database!
While the WBENCLink database is an excellent strategic marketing tool to identify the supplier diversity contact of a Corporate Member, to find WBEs for partnerships, to purchase products and services; unfortunately, many WBEs are using it for the purpose of email blasts. Please note contact information obtained from WBENCLink is not permitted for use in any e-mail blasts. Examples of misuse include sending an email blast for the purpose of advertising or promoting:
- A company, executive/employee from your company, or an event.
- A product or service that is on sale or offered at a discount to WBENC Certified WBEs or Corporate Members.
- A product or service offered by your company that would make a great gift for a boss or administrative assistant.
As of June 1, 2010, any WBE who continues to send out this type of email will receive a "cease and desist" letter from WBENC. If the WBE continues to contact WBEs for this purpose, their level of access to WBENCLink will be restricted to their profile only.
Questions about this policy should be directed to Susan Cates at 202-872-5515 Ext. 8100.
2011 Calendar of Events
This calendar includes events hosted by WBENC's Regional Partner Organizations and strategic partners. Visit WBENC's online calendar for more events.
Diversity Business 11th Annual National Business Conference
Hosted by Joan Lunden
April 19 - 21, 2011
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
For details, visit www.diversitybusiness.com/Events/DivEvent/2011/
Women Construction Owners & Executives (WCOE) 12th Annual Small Business Conference & Expo
May 9-12, 2011
Kansas City Convention Center
Kansas City, MO
Visit www.wcoeusa.org for information and registration.
Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance
The CPO's Agenda for Supply Chain Excellence: "Beyond Diversity" Education and Training Conference
May 10-12, 2011
Lincolnshire Marriott Resort
Lincolnshire, IL (Chicago)
ISM's 96th Annual International Supply Management & Educational Exhibit
May 15-18, 2011
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Visit www.ism.ws for more information and registration.
US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce CelebrAsian Business Opportunity Conference
May 23-25, 2011
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
Visit www.celebrasianconference.com for information and registration.
ICIC Event: Winning the Next Million$$ and More
Featuring Professor Steven Rogers, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Ralph Moore, RGMA
June 14, 2011
University Club of Chicago ~ Millennium Room
76 East Monroe Street
Learn the best practices for building capacity to prepare for a future procurement contract or investment infusion, and discover the DNA that small businesses need to succeed in the market. Participants can register using the following link: REGISTER.
2011 Airport Business Diversity Conference
June 4-7, 2011
Fort Worth Convention Center
Ft. Worth, TX
Visit amac-org.com/annualconference.html for information and registration.
WBENC 2011 National Conference & Business Fair
June 21-23, 2011
Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
For registration and details visit www.wbenc.org/wbencconf.