2019 Leadership Awards

NMSDC Leadership Awards

Thursday, May 16, 2019 |6:30 – 10:30 p.m. |New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

“The State of Minority Business: The Business and Economic Impact” is the theme of this year’s Leadership Awards gala.

The Leadership Awards also honors dynamic corporate executives and minority business owners for their outstanding accomplishments. Awards are given to individuals with proven leadership, who have had a positive impact on their companies, and an impact that resonates throughout the NMSDC network.

Guest Speaker


MBDA National Director

Mr. Henry Childs II was appointed as the National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), on September 4, 2018. Director Childs is the 17th National Director of the agency. In his new role, Director Childs will continue to vigorously pursue growth opportunities for minorities as well as the Nation as a whole.

Prior to his appointment at MBDA, Mr. Childs served as the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this role, he advised EDA on economic development issues and fostered partnerships with other federal agencies, as well as national and international economic development organizations. He also coordinated the Department of Commerce’s $1 billion supplemental Congressional funds for disaster recovery and readiness grants after the natural disasters of 2017.

Director Childs also served as the Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Public Liaison. He works closely with the White House Office of American Innovation on economic development issues for urban communities and urban revitalization.

Director Childs holds a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law and a graduate certificate in International and Comparative Law.

The Awardees


Rainbow Push Coalition

The President’s Economic Impact Award honors a lifetime of heroic work in the economic development of minority-owned American business, building and enhancing extraordinary impact on the business of NMSDC-certified MBEs as well as all people of diverse backgrounds.


AT&T Communications

CEO of the Year is awarded to the chief executive officer whose leadership exemplifies the work and the mission of NMSDC, both in the conduct of business and in the advocacy of supplier diversity and its value to the American business future


DTE Energy

The CPO of the Year Award is presented to the year’s outstanding corporate executive who advances the cause of supplier diversity, both within his or her corporation and throughout the corporate world. The honoree’s transformative vision, passion, integrity and record of success have raised the bar in developing supplier diversity, even in the face of an evolving business environment and the challenge of effecting fundamental change in the corporate world. The honoree is a world-class thought leader, redefining and enhancing the standard for supplier diversity’s place in corporate America.



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.


Puerto Rico Minority Supplier Development Council

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.



The award for Lifetime Achievement is presented to the individual who has been tireless, visionary and game-changing in supporting and advocating for NMSDC and its leadership in supplier diversity.



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.


Strategic Opportunities at the 2018 Leadership Awards

Strategic Opportunities at the 2019 NMSDC Leadership Awards

There’s no better way to support the 2019 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 opportunity booklet to see which opportunity is best for your business.


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