William J. Alcorn Leadership Award

The William J. Alcorn Award was established in 2009, and named in honor of WBENC’s first Chair of the Board of Directors, William J. Alcorn, retired Senior Vice President and Chief Purchasing Officer of the JC Penney Company, for his years of dedication and outstanding leadership. Starting in 1997 when he became Board Chair, Bill continuously served on the Executive Committee and in a leadership role until his retirement in 2008.

The William J. Alcorn Leadership Award is the highest honor given to an individual at WBENC. The Award recognizes exemplary leadership contributions made by individuals in support of WBENC’s mission to open the doors of opportunity in corporate contracting to certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). The award is given at the discretion of the current WBENC Board Chair.

Most Recent Winner

Debbie Hurst

President & CEO of WBEC Southwest 1997 – 2021

Past Recipients
  • Candace Waterman
  • Benita Fortner
  • Bill Alcorn
  • Michael Robinson
  • Kathy Homeyer
  • Geri Swift
  • Cheryl Stevens
  • Theresa Harrison
  • Laura Taylor
  • Barbara Carbone
Selection Process

All WBENC members, in good standing, are eligible for consideration. The Award may be presented to an individual (corporate, regional partner, or WBE) or to an entity (corporate, WBE company, Regional Partner Organization), and will be presented as deserved, and not on a structured calendar basis.