Date and Location

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
6:30pm – Reception
7:30pm – Dinner

Grand Ballroom New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas (between West 53rd and 54th Streets)

About the Leadership Awards

Leadership is not easy to define, but it is an essential element in achieving success and inspiring others to maximize their potential. A leader establishes a vision, sets direction and provides the guidance needed to reach a goal.

The 2018 NMSDC Leadership Awards recognizes the dynamic corporate executives, minority business owners and NMSDC affiliate council presidents for outstanding leadership that has a positive impact on their companies and resonates throughout the NMSDC network.

We look forward to sharing this exciting and memorable evening with you.

If you have questions, please contact: Christina Santos, Manager of Development and Member Services, at or 212-944-2430 ext.143.

The Awards

The CPO of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding leader whose vision, passion and integrity has proven impactful within the Chief Procurement Officer’s corporation as well as the larger supplier diversity community.

MetLife Inc.

The MBE of the Year Award is presented to the owner of an NMSDC-certified minority business enterprise who has been actively engaged within the NMSDC network for a minimum of two years.  The up and coming or seasoned recipient demonstrates exceptional leadership, is paving the way for other MBEs and is fully committed to minority supplier development and supporting the NMSDC network.

ChemicoMays, Inc.

The Minority Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year Award is presented to a national corporate member with at least two years of experience in a corporate supplier diversity role. The up and coming or seasoned recipient demonstrates exceptional action, engagement and leadership in supplier diversity and in support of NMSDC’s mission.

Apple Inc.

The Vanguard Award is presented to an NMSDC affiliate council president who has exhibited leadership in driving the value proposition for minority supplier development among corporate and MBE constituents throughout the NMSDC network. The recipient is announced publicly for the first time at the Leadership Awards ceremony.

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council


Register to Attend

You can register for the 2018 Leadership Awards today by downloading and completing the reply card below. We will be adding online registration in the coming weeks.

Sponsorship Opportunities at the 2018 Leadership Awards

Sponsor the 2018 NMSDC Leadership Awards

There’s no better way to support the 2018 NMSDC Leadership Awards than by becoming a sponsor. This black tie gala honors corporate executives, supplier diversity professionals, minority business owners and an affiliate council president for their exemplary leadership. The event is the perfect setting for your brand to shine alongside the best and brightest among the NMSDC network.

Please browse the sponsorship booklet to see which sponsorship opportunity is best for your business.

Advertise at the 2018 Leadership Awards

The deadline to purchase and submit an advertisement is April 2. Complete pricing details can be found in the attached PDF.


NMSDC has secured special discounted rates for blocks of rooms at the New York Hilton.  To take advantage of these special rates, please make your reservation as soon as possible using the link above. Once the room blocks are filled, these rates may no longer be available.

Making your reservation in the NMSDC room block helps enhance your overall annual conference and tradeshow experience and enables us to fulfill our contracts with the hotel to provide you with discounted room rates now and for future events.

>>>Click Here To Reserve Your Special Rate!

Air Travel

The closest airport is LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

2017 Leadership Awards Program Book

2017 NMSDC Leadership Awards

Thank You for Making the 2017 Leadership Awards a Wonderful Success!

On Wednesday, May 17th, the 2017 National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Awards recognized the dynamic corporate executives, minority business owners and NMSDC affiliate council presidents for outstanding leadership that has a positive impact on their companies and resonates throughout the NMSDC network.

According to President Joset Wright-Lacy of NMSDC, “As we head into our 45th year of developing business opportunities for minority companies, we are very focused on finding new and meaningful ways to engage our members in our overall mission.

Doing business with minority-owned companies is good for America, as these MBEs contribute over 1 billion dollars to the US economy per day. We’re honored to be part of this substantial progress for minority business leaders.”

Congratulations To All Of The Honorees!

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