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AMAC Announces Eboni Wimbush as Its Next President & CEO

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Eboni Wimbush

Washington, DC (October 6, 2021)— After a prolonged national search and vetting process, the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is proud to announce Eboni Wimbush as its President & CEO. She will begin her new role at the end of this month.

“I am honored to be selected as AMAC’s next President & CEO at such a pivotal moment in history. The organization connects my early passion, interest and education in aviation along with my dedication to creating a positive, lasting impact for women and disadvantaged communities. I am ready to serve and prepared to lead and position AMAC for the future, working with the AMAC Board of Directors and National Office to be the voice at the table and to create opportunities and economic mobility for our members.”—Eboni Wimbush, President & CEO, AMAC

Eboni Wimbush most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success. She was responsible for advancing all of the work across the agency including building and implementing the strategies and systems to operationalize the City’s $100 million eviction prevention program in response to the global pandemic as well as leading the agency’s contracting, human resources, grant compliance and equity strategy. Previously, Eboni served as Chief of Staff at Baltimore City Department of Transportation, where she was responsible for the Office of Communications, the Office of Legislative Affairs and External Affairs. Additionally, she served as a key advisor to the Director in overseeing the day-to-day management, operations and performance activities of the agency’s 1,250 employees and $250 million budget. Prior to joining Baltimore City and over a span of two decades, Eboni had a distinguished private sector career with Fortune 500 companies including FedEx Corporation, Johnson Controls and Siemens where she held leadership roles gaining a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in developing and building energy infrastructure projects and delivering outcomes. Eboni holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia and is an active member of Alfred Street Baptist Church where she serves as the President of the College Ministry. Eboni is a proud parent of one son.

“Eboni is no stranger to AMAC and brings a wealth of transportation and related leadership and management experience and education. I have been able to witness Eboni’s work over the last few years and am very excited to have her take the helm of AMAC. I am confident that she will bring exceptional leadership to the AMAC National Office and lead our efforts to execute AMAC’s mission. Furthermore, she will serve as a highly respectable and credible representative of AMAC throughout the membership and the industry.”—Ricky Smith, Chair, AMAC Board of Directors, and CEO, Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education, and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit www.amac-org.com.


The 2021/2022 WiCyS Mentorship Program

WiCyS Mentorship Program

 

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2021/2022 WiCyS Mentorship Program available to WiCyS members! This is a fabulous opportunity for others to be directly infused and engaged w/in the WiCyS organization, making a broader and strong impact on the cybersecurity workforce.

The Mentorship Program is a 12-month structured framework, featuring a new matching platform allowing mentee led matching for a more engaging mentor/mentee experience. Mentees can choose their mentors based on top algorithmic matches. Scheduling sessions, sharing resources, communicating and the curriculum itself will be baked into Together Software, making the 2021/2022 cohort run much more streamlined!

Applications are open now – September 15. Month #1 of the curriculum will begin in November.

Learn more and apply here: wicys.org/initiatives/mentorship/

Please note, you must be a WiCyS Global member to participate in this program. If you are not registered and would like to participate you can become a member here: wicys.org/benefits/


Women’s Business Center South Celebrates Grand Opening At Crosstown Concourse On August 23rd

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The Women’s Business Center South (WBC South), an SBA grant funded center, announces a grand opening event on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Central Atrium at Crosstown Concourse in Memphis. Presented by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South, the in-person celebration includes a ribbon cutting ceremony, remarks by city and business leaders and women-owned networking. Speakers include the following:

  • Lee Harris, Shelby County Mayor
  • Joann Massey, Director, Office of Business Diversity and Compliance, City of Memphis
  • Jessica Taveau, President, Epicenter Memphis
  • Corinne Hodges, CEO, Association of Women Business Centers
  • Keynote Address: Natalie Madeira Cofield, U.S. SBA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership
  • Vonesha Mitchell, Executive Director, WBC South
  • Phala K. Mire, President/CEO, WBEC South

Attendees will have the opportunity to network among women-owned businesses to learn about their products and services including: Alcenia’s, Associated Benefits Consulting, BrainTrust, LEO Events, Mobile Mommy, New York Life Insurance Company and Oteka Technologies, LLC. Award-winning author and founder of BrainTrust, Sherry Deutschmann, will be giving away copies of her book “Lunch with Lucy” during the event.

The WBC South is part of SBA’s historic expansion of WBCs in 20 rural, urban and underserved communities across America. Memphis was selected due to the prevalence of women entrepreneurs. The WBC South provides coaching, tools and resources for women business owners to sustain and grow their ventures in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. Since launching in July 2021, the WBC South has received 193 coaching applications from women owned businesses.

“We’re overjoyed with the enthusiastic response we have received by women entrepreneurs since opening our doors,” says Vonesha Mitchell, executive director, Women’s Business Center South. “We have conducted dozens of coaching sessions and are excited to help women owned businesses achieve the next level of success.”

The WBC South Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony is on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Central Atrium at Crosstown Concourse. Registration and masks are required for this in-person event. Parking is available in the lot. Register on Eventbrite. Follow WBC South on Instagram or Facebook @womensbusinesscentersouth.

About the Women’s Business Center South

Funded by a grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Women’s Business Center South is a resource center for women owned businesses located in the Crosstown Concourse in Memphis. Presented by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South, the WBC South provides women entrepreneurs with training, tools and coaching to sustain and grow their ventures. Apply at https://brojure.com/wbec-south/womens-business-center/.   

About Women’s Business Enterprise Council South

For more than 25 years, the mission of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South) is to advance and enhance business opportunities between corporations and women-owned businesses through a reputable certification program, education and professional growth opportunities. WBEC South facilitates the nationally recognized and most relied upon certification program, WBENC Certification, for the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle. Learn more at https://wbecsouth.org/.


Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) expands Security Training Scholarship Program with support from Google, Bloomberg, and Facebook

Last year, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) partnered with Google and the SANS Institute to create the Security Training Scholarship to help women advance in the cybersecurity field and increase diversity in the field as the impact of COVID-19 intensified. Now, Bloomberg and Facebook are joining Google as supporters of WiCyS’ powerful efforts to help create a reliable pathway to launch and advance its members’ cybersecurity careers through skills development. The application for the 2021-22 Security Training Scholarship program is open until August 2, 2021.

COOKEVILLE, TENN. (PRWEB) JULY 20, 2021 – Last year, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) partnered with Google and the SANS Institute to create the Security Training Scholarship to help women advance in the cybersecurity field and increase diversity in the field as the impact of COVID-19 intensified. Now, Bloomberg and Facebook are joining Google as supporters of WiCyS’ powerful efforts to help create a reliable pathway to launch and advance its members’ cybersecurity careers through skills development. The application for the 2021-22 Security Training Scholarship program is open until August 2, 2021.

Through this initiative, hundreds, or possibly thousands, of WiCyS members will be able to build on their cybersecurity skillsets through this sponsored Security Training Program delivered by SANS. As the program advances, participants will engage in multiple training opportunities, where participants will be progressively narrowed down to a final 38 members who receive advanced technical training to launch and/or advance their careers. Newcomers and career changers are welcome to participate in this program, which spans up to 9 months for those who take part in all its stages.

The multi-staged program starts with the SANS Beginner-level Capture the Flag (CTF). Participants will discover their strengths while challenging their limits, which is especially helpful for those new to cybersecurity. They will then engage in an interactive, gamified learning platform through a CyberStart game, which introduces them to Linux, web attacks, programming, forensics and more. The third stage includes the SANS CyberTalent assessment, which measures participants’ technical aptitude for cybersecurity learning and fundamental skills to gauge potential for advancing to the next stage. Participants will then be invited to engage in the SEC275/Foundations course + GFACT certification exam. In the final stage, they will continue to advance in SANS training courses, with an opportunity to complete additional GIAC certifications.

This WiCyS special initiative started in 2020 as a resource for its members during the trying times of the pandemic. Last year, more than 900 people applied for the program, with 445 participating in the CTF, 116 learning via the CyberStart game, and 15 receiving full scholarships to an Academy for advanced training and certification. With an overall average GSEC score of 90%, the group scored higher than any other SANS scholarship Academy cohort. One student even scored 99% on GCIH, which had only happened two times previously among students in the U.S. Cyber Immersion Academies since the programs launched in 2014. Most participants had secured employment before the program ended.

“You cannot put a price tag on the power of community, and last year’s WiCyS Security Training Program, made possible by Google, proved just that,” said Lynn Dohm, WiCyS executive director. “We are thrilled to scale the program this year, powered by scholarships from Google, Bloomberg, and Facebook. Now, 38 WiCyS members will be able to dive deep and change the trajectory of their career in less than a year, all within a cohort setting with extensive support and resources provided by mentors and colleagues. That’s what empowerment looks like, and we are thrilled that these three incredible strategic partners of WiCyS can make this happen for not only the WiCyS community, but also for the sake of the cybersecurity workforce at large.”

The application process began July 8 and is open through Aug. 2. For more information, visit http://www.wicys.org/benefits/security-training-scholarship/.


WBEC SOUTH LAUNCHES WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER SOUTH IN MEMPHIS TO SUPPORT WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES

Community & Economic Development Leader Vonesha Mitchell Joins as Executive Director;  Non-Profit Operations Expert Lamisa Hasan Joins as Program Manager 

MEMPHIS– July 8, 2021 – The Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South), a  regional partner organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC),  announces that it has launched the Women’s Business Center South in Memphis, Tenn. The U.S. Small Business Administration grant funded center, is part of the SBA’s historic expansion  of WBCs in 20 rural, urban and underserved communities across America. WBC South provides  women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in the WBEC South territory—Tennessee,  Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle—with training, tools and resources  to sustain and grow their ventures. WBC South is located in the Crosstown Concourse, a  thriving mixed use development a few miles west of downtown Memphis. A grand opening  celebration will be held on Monday, August 23rd at 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  

Memphis native and community and economic development leader, Vonesha Mitchell, has  been hired as the Executive Director for WBC South. She has 15 years of business consulting,  procurement and workforce development experience. Most recently, she served as Director of  Community & Economic Development at the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, where  she led recruitment and support for businesses doing business with and surrounding Memphis  medical and academic institutions. Prior to that, she served as Senior Business Management  Consultant and Trainer for Communities Unlimited, providing training and strategic planning  for the organization. She is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Memphis and holds a Masters of Arts  degree in Teaching from the University of Memphis and a Bachelors of Professional Studies in  Organizational Leadership also from the University of Memphis.  

The organization also announces that non-profit operations expert, Lamisa Hasan, has joined  WBC South as Program Manager. She has extensive experience in non-profit operations and  development for programs related to social justice. Lamisa brings diverse professional  experience to her role including education curriculum development, community organizing and  political campaigns. Most recently, Lamisa served as Mayoral Fellow in the Shelby County Mayor’s Office where she worked on policy and legislation initiatives, special events and  communications. Prior to that, Lamisa worked as a Program Manager for Kaleidoscope Kitchen,  the first kitchen incubator program in Memphis. She is a graduate of Rhodes College and has a  Bachelor of Arts in History. 

“Memphis has long been recognized as one of the top cities for women entrepreneurs,” says  Phala Mire, CEO & President, WBEC South. “We’re excited to support women-owned  businesses in Memphis in a sustainable way. With Vonesha’s leadership skills and community  network, WBC South will play a pivotal role to the success of women entrepreneurs as they  emerge from the pandemic and plan for the future.”  

SBA’s WBCs are a national network of 136 centers that offer one-on-one counseling, training,  networking, workshops, technical assistance, and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on  numerous business development topics, including business startup, financial management,  marketing and procurement.  

To find out more and to register for WBC South’s programs, trainings and upcoming events visit  http://wbcsouth.org or http://wbecsouth.org

 


36th Annual AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference: Honoring the Legacy, Perfecting the Present & Building for the Future Highlights

AMAC Airport Directors’ 20/20 Vision Forum: Addressing the Economic and Health Impact of COVID-19 on the Aviation Industry

The Airport Directors’ 20/20 Vision provided a relaxed environment for the diverse group of Airport Directors to explore and discuss the positive and negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation operations, health, air service, economic development, job creation, tourism and trade. The forum was moderated by Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., Chair, AMAC Airport Leadership Collective / At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors / Former Executive Airport Director, Montgomery Regional Airport. Panelists included: Balram Bheodari, General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Mario Diaz, Airport Director, Houston Airport System; Cynthia Guidry, Vice Chair, AMAC Airport Leadership Collective / Director, Long Beach Airport; Ron Mathieu, President & CEO, Birmingham Airport Authority; Perry Miller, Vice Chair, AMAC Airport Leadership Collective / President & Chief Executive Officer, Richmond International Airport; and Jamie L. Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation

AMAC Catalyst Awards

The AMAC Catalyst Awards honors AMAC members who have made outstanding contributions to further AMAC’s goals and mission. AMAC members were invited in advance to nominate individuals or organizations—award recipients were honored at the live virtual event.

AMAC Advocate of the Year Award: Courtney Thornton, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Hudson Group

AMAC Airport of the Year Award: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

AMAC Airport Concessions Innovation and Inclusion Award: Jackmont Hospitality

AMAC Airport Design Innovation and Inclusion Award – Los Angeles World Airports

AMAC Chairman’s Award: Angela Gittens, (Retired) Former Director General, Airports Council International

AMAC Hall of Fame Award: Derryl Benton, Executive Vice President, Business Development, HMSHost

AMAC Inclusive Leadership Award: SP Plus Airport Services

AMAC Local Small Business Champion Award: William “Bill” Swift, Treasurer, AMAC Board of Directors / Owner, Business Traveler Services, Inc. and Swift Services, Inc.

AMAC Small Business Partner Award: CI2 Aviation

AMAC Foundation Celebrating Women in Aviation

Bishop Vashti McKenzie keynoted this annual program that is designed to foster, promote and applaud the success of women in aviation and aerospace-related businesses and career achievements. This year’s honorees featured:

AMAC Foundation Pinnacle Award: Myrna White, Assistant General Manager, Office of Public Affairs, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

AMAC Foundation Emerging Leader Award: Mori Russell, Business Development Manager, Concessions International

AMAC Foundation Local Industry Leader Award: Tina Houston, Vice President, Metro Market Leader GA/AL for AECOM

AMAC Legislative & Policy Updates

Pete Buttigieg, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation provided remarks on the importance of minority businesses and commitment to the Biden Administration Infrastructure Plan. Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative, California 43rd Congressional District, also highlighted the importance of small and minority businesses.

AMAC Emerging Leaders: Going Up! Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

Pinky Cole, Founder and Owner of Slutty Vegan ATL provided valuable techniques on crafting your elevator pitch and positioning yourself/business for success.

Save the Date! AMAC and the Chicago Department of Aviation will present the 37th Annual AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference: Redefining Aviation Opportunities Together from June 20–22, 2022 in Chicago, IL. Please stay tuned for additional details at www.amac-org.com/annualconference.


USPAACC Holds Virtual CelebrASIAN Conference to Help Small and Diverse Businesses Grow

The 3-day virtual CelebrASIAN Business + Procurement Conference, the country’s largest and longest-running business-to-business (B2B) event designed by Pan Asian American enterprises, was held June 8 to 10 to help minority and diverse enterprises explore business opportunities in the post-pandemic revival.

Now on its 36th year, the national conference was hosted by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC). The event assembled 66 speakers from Fortune 1000 Corporations, Federal Agencies, Chamber Leadership Alliance Presidents, CEOs, and Founders, and Pan Asian American suppliers and entrepreneurs. It featured 25 programs on business development and diversity and inclusion, with over 1,000 participants.

Title Chair was Amazon, Conference Co-Chairs were Ampcus, Nationwide, Pyramid Consulting, T-Mobile, and Wells Fargo.

This year’s theme, “Together Tomorrow,” celebrated and underscored the power of unity as the U.S. turns the corner from the unprecedented challenges of the past year and looks to a promising future where inclusion and allyship will bring alive more opportunities and a vibrant economic recovery.

CelebrASIAN kicked off with a strong demonstration of solidarity with USPAACC’s partners from the country’s other three leading minority and diverse chambers of commerce: US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and US Black Chambers.

 

Among the highlights of the CelebrASIAN Conference were the 2-part Chief Procurement Officers Forum, How to Do Business with Government Agencies, and a series of supplier business development programs. These sessions featured an esteemed line-up of speakers – subject-matter experts, industry disrupters, federal contract officials, seasoned entrepreneurs, community and market leaders, and the best and brightest business talents – who shared unique insights, invaluable guidance and advice, latest best practices, key trends and outlook, and more to help businesses reset, retool and reinvigorate their businesses.

A virtual Expo was also held throughout the conference that enabled businesses build strategic networks and showcase their products and services.

An in-person event will be held by USPAACC in November of this year.

To learn more about USPAACC and CelebrASIAN, visit www.uspaacc.com and www.celebrasianconference.com


AFWA Connect.Advance.Lead Virtual Conference

The second annual AFWA Connect.Advance.Lead virtual conference, held on June 17-18, was an overwhelming success for attendees and exhibitors alike as the winners lit up the Leaderboard with points accumulated for repeated visits to exhibitor booths during the event.

At the close of the final day it was AFWA member Annette Christensen who racked up a total of 415 points to take home the premier prize of a full free registration for the upcoming virtual Women Who Count Conference to be held October 18-22. The second-place winners, with 280 points each for their efforts, were members Katharine Dill and Melissa Sager, who each won a unique AFWA Swag Box with a wide-variety of AFWA logo items.

“We are thrilled with the participation and enthusiastic reviews that we received for our second annual leadership conference,” said AFWA Executive Director Cindy Stanley. “It was an event not to be missed, and we are looking forward to hosting our next exciting venue, the Women Who Count Conference in October.”

Festivities for the conference kicked off on June 16 at 7:00 p.m. with Foundation Fun Night, sponsored by the Foundation of AFWA. The members in attendance were entertained by comedian Amanda Herbert from Houston, Texas and enjoyed a scavenger hunt. The event raised $2,174.41 for the Foundation’s scholarship fund.

The attendees of the conference enjoyed two full afternoons of engaging speakers that offered up to 8 CPE credits. The speakers included: International Training and Education Consultant Jeanne Yamamura of Wiley, Jamie Martin of Jamie Martin Coaching, President and Chief Retention Officer at Magnet Culture Cara Silleto, WMarketplace founder Kate Isler, Sales Seed founder Ty Hendrickson, and Pro Connect Consulting Group founder Phyllis Eisenberg, Managing Director of the Carpenter Group Brook Carpenter, and Anna Raney Director of Leadership and Culture for Polston Tax.

The event was sponsored by ADP, Wiley, Sage, Becker, and Surgent CPA Review.

“Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees,” said Stanley. “We couldn’t do it without you and appreciate your generous support of AFWA.”


WBEC-West Announces New Pitch Competition for Black-Owned Businesses

Mesa, Arizona–  The Women’s Business Enterprise Council(WBEC)-West is proud to launch its newest competition, the National Black Business Pitch (NBBP). This national competition, scheduled for August 17-19, is designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who are looking to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services. Participants have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes of up to $10,000. Applications are being accepted at www.nationalblackbusinesspitch.com through June 1, 2021.

“Through the National Black Business Pitch, we want to do more than provide a seat at the table,” said Dr. Pamela Williamson, President & CEO of WEBC-West. “Our main objective is to help Black-owned businesses open doors and build relationships that can lead to long-term, sustainable contracts for business owners. As August is National Black Business Month, we thought it would be the best time to begin the creation of a Black business network that corporations can access and do business with, thereby creating more opportunities for an often disenfranchised group of business owners.”

The National Black Business Pitch competition will be comprised of two phases. In Phase I, interested businesses may submit an application, a business capability statement, and a three-minute video that will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the corporate supplier diversity community. The panel will select 30 companies that will proceed to Phase II.

In Phase II of the competition, the 30 businesses will have an opportunity to win one of three cash prizes by participating in the live finals by participating in a three-minute, live pitch in front of a virtual audience of judges comprised of buyers and supplier diversity professionals. Three winners will be awarded cash prizes as allocated below:

  • First Place:         $10,000
  • Second Place:     $5,000
  • Third Place:        $2,500

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and serve as the majority owner, founder, or controlling shareholder of a Black-owned business in the United States that has been in operation for at least three months. For more details and the chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes, applicants should visit www.nationalblackbusinesspitch.com and complete the application by July 1, 2021.

About Women’s Business Enterprise Council- West (WBEC-West)

WBEC-West is a regional partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a coalition of corporations, WBEs, and regionally focused women’s business organizations. As an affiliate organization, WBEC-West implements the certification standards of WBENC throughout Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Hawaii, and Guam. WBENC certification is nationally recognized and accepted by more than 10,000 major corporations. We also support corporations in their efforts to include WBENC Certified WBEs in their supplier diversity programs. To learn more about the organization, visit wbec-west.com.


Spark the Light at the 2021 Los Angeles County Women’s Leadership

The 11th Los Angeles County Women’s Leadership Conference was held virtually on Tuesday, March 23rd to Thursday, March 25th, 2021 and had a record high number of registered attendees exceeding over 1,200.

Inspired by Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference during her tenure as First Lady of California, the Los Angeles County Women’s Leadership Conference now attracts many professionals, representing the Los Angeles County and surrounding communities. The goal of the conference is to insipre, empower, and engage attendees to connect with fellow leading changemakers and energize action in business, government, and their community.

The theme this year was Spark the Light. Through the toughest times, there is always a spark of light that can be a catalyst for change and positivity that allows us to move forward both boldly and brightly.  

Los Angeles County CEO, Fesia Davenport, and all five of the Los Angeles County Supervisors, Chair Hilda L. Solis, Holly J. Mitchell, Sheila Kuehl, Janice Hahn, and Kathryn Barger, graced the stage along with inspirational keynote speakers including, Dolores Huerta, Cheryl Strayed, Cassie De Pecol, Vien Truong, and Dr. Deepika Chopra. The speakers each day embodied the theme of Spark the Light by sharing their own inspirational stories.

In between listening to keynote speakers, attendees had the opportunity to select breakout sessions to attend.  This allowed them to tailor their experience.  While some dedicated their time to learning about leadership in Nichol Whiteman’s “Leadership in Uncertain Times” session, others listened to Kathy Buckley discuss how to “Live Your Best Life Yet” through humor. Each breakout session left its attendees with new ways of thinking and skills to apply to their own lives.

One of the highlights was the networking lounge that allowed attendees to discuss speakers that they just heard from, share their own leadership experiences, as well as exchange book recommendations with their fellow peers.

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LGBTQ+-OWNED AEQUALITAS MEDIA LAUNCHES NEW BRAND OUTvoices

● Aequalitas Media rebrands legacy LGBTQ+ publications as OUTvoices ● The multiplatform entity includes print, digital, TV, radio, and more ● All assets owned by Aequalitas Media, which is NGLCC Certified

Chicago, Illinois​ — ​​Following the 2020 acquisitions of legacy LGBTQ+ titles ​Echo Magazine Phoenix​ (​ 31 years); ​Out & About Nashville Magazine​ (16 years); and ​CAMP Kansas City Magazine​ (17 years), ​Aequalitas Media​ has launched ​OUTvoices​, a new national LGBTQ+ brand. The ​OUTvoices ​brand will deliver diverse, fresh, and original LGBTQ+ print, digital, audio and video content.

The publications will be rebranded under the OUTvoices umbrella.​ ​Effective April 2nd 2021, all titles currently owned and published by Aequalitas Media with the exception of Gaycation Magazine​, will be renamed to reflect their inclusion in the OUTvoices network.

Echo magazine will become OUTvoices Phoenix, ​OUT & ABOUT Nashville​ will become OUTvoices Nashville, and ​CAMP​ will become OUTvoices Kansas City. “I couldn’t be more thrilled with the introduction of OUTvoices and the conversion of the titles we own underneath this new, truly inclusive brand — a one-stop opportunity for brands to easily and effectively advertise to this lucrative market,” ​said DJ Doran, CEO of Aequalitas Media. LGBTQ+ veteran journalist and former Editor in Chief of ​Curve​ Magazine, Merryn Johns will join our editorial team to steer content under the new OUTvoices brand beginning April 2nd 2021.

The ​OUTvoices ​brand will deliver diverse, fresh, and original LGBTQ+ print, digital, audio and video content. The publications will be rebranded under the OUTvoices umbrella.​ ​Effective April 2nd 2021, all titles currently owned and published by Aequalitas Media with the exception of Gaycation Magazine​, will be renamed to reflect their inclusion in the OUTvoices network. ​Echo magazine will become OUTvoices Phoenix, ​OUT & ABOUT Nashville​ will become OUTvoices Nashville, and ​CAMP​ will become OUTvoices Kansas City.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the introduction of OUTvoices and the conversion of the titles we own underneath this new, truly inclusive brand — a one-stop opportunity for brands to easily and effectively advertise to this lucrative market,” ​said DJ Doran, CEO of Aequalitas Media.

LGBTQ+ veteran journalist and former Editor in Chief of ​Curve​ Magazine, Merryn Johns will join our editorial team to steer content under the new OUTvoices brand beginning April 2nd 2021.

“​I am thrilled to bring my passion for serving LGBTQ+ readers to OUTvoices and to bring them the best quality content possible, nationwide​,” ​said Johns​.

Additionally,​ OUTvoices Chicago​ will go live in Q2 of 2021. The new LGBTQ+ news and lifestyle website will feature originally produced articles and stories from the LGBTQ+ community in Chicago as well as curated content from other members of the OUTvoices network. Visitors to the new ​OUTvoices.us​ ​website and many other LGBTQ+ websites will be able to listen to ​OUTvoices Radio​, 24/7 LGBTQ+ talk radio.

OUTvoices Radio​, scheduled to launch later in March 2021, will be the first internet-based streaming LGBTQ+ talk radio station offering listeners pre-recorded and live programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The lineup includes shows from LGBTQ+ thought leaders, entertainers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and more. The OUTvoices Radio widget will be offered to ALL LGBTQ+ websites at no cost. “​It is part of our company philosophy of supporting other LGBTQ+ medias by sharing content for FREE,” said Doran.

It will be followed by ​OUTvoices TV ​in late Q2 of 2021 and will feature originally produced series such as The Gaycation Travel Show with host Ravi Roth. Season 1 will begin airing new episodes airing every Friday beginning May 14th. OUTvoicesTV is currently filming The Gay Gourmet, a cooking show with Oprah Winfrey’s former personal Chef Art Smith and Joe Eats World Chef Joe Morales as hosts.

OUTvoices TV​ will offer viewers access via our YouTube channel to high quality shows that reflect the depth and breadth of talent within the LGBTQ+ community in News, Opinion, Fashion, Travel, Food, and more.

The nationally focused website ​OUTvoices.us​ domain has been chosen as a reflection of ​us​, the LGBTQ+ community. As a website, it will encourage small-to-medium LGBTQ+ sites to unite under the OUTvoices domain. This will allow smaller sites that may have been overlooked by major brands and agencies to combine their audiences and analytics to be more attractive to advertisers. The OUTvoices network will also allow other members to share and benefit from resources, content, and exposure in beneficial ways.

Other Aequalitas acquisitions and initiatives for 2021 include:

  • ● LGBTQ+ Media Acquisitions, Aequalitas Media​ currently has three LGBTQ+ media assets in the pipeline which are scheduled to close sometime in 2021.
  • The Gay Travel Business Network, a new business-to-business travel organization led by LGBTQ+ travel expert and Executive Director Ed Salvato and a board of travel luminaries helping tourism, hospitality and travel-related businesses and brands better connect with other like-minded businesses desiring to do business with each other.
  • Aequalitas Content Creators Association​,​ a​ 501c6 organization for LGBTQ+ content creators to gather at an annual conference in late August in Cedar Rapids IA to network with each other and listen to industry experts and exchange ideas and best practices toward increasing reach and revenue as the industry continues to evolve.
  • NGLCC(National LGBT Chamber of Commerce) Certification, ​Aequalitas Media ​and all of the assets under its umbrella have been certified as LGBT business enterprises by the NGLCC.

“The expanding portfolio of LGBTQ+ media assets and these new ventures strengthen Aequalitas Mediaand create additional value for our advertisers, clients and partners as well as contribute to the revitalization of LGBTQ+ media in 2021 and beyond​,” ​said Doran​.

ABOUT AEQUALITAS MEDIA

Aequalitas Media​​ [​pronounced e-QUAL-i-tas​] is one of the fastest growing LGBTQ+ media companies in the U.S., from spanning print, digital publishing and media buying to managing a 24/7 LGBTQ+ talk radio station and a national network of LGBTQ+ websites. ​Aequalitas Media​ is well positioned for growth in 2021 and beyond. Our company’s Advisory Board is made up of some of the best and brightest in LGBTQ+ media and business giving us a distinctive edge over our competitors when it comes to delivering results and evolving opportunities to expand our reach.


WBEC SOUTH RECEIVES $1 MILLION GRANT FROM THE MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Organization Hires Procurement Leader Tiffany Carter as Program Director

The Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South), a regional partner organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), announces that it has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency to operate a MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center. The grant will be used to establish cutting-edge training, access to capital assistance, networking and procurement opportunities for minority women-owned business enterprises.

Procurement and small business contracting expert, Tiffany Carter, has been hired as the Director for the Enterprising Women of Color Business Center. Most recently, Tiffany served as Director of Procurement at the Port of New Orleans and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad procurement and small business contracting. She has more than 20 years of experience across industries and her efforts secured more than $35 million in small business spend in various industries. Tiffany’s small business engagement efforts include work with the National Urban League, Louisiana Department of Transportation, United Way of Southeastern Louisiana and the Regional Transit Authority.

Close up of Tiffany Carter, WBEC South
Tiffany Carter, Program Director

“We are thrilled to welcome Tiffany to our team,” said WBEC South CEO Phala Mire. “She brings a wealth of experience that will power our efforts to connect with minority women entrepreneurs starting or successfully running their business, and introduce them to business development resources including the WBEC South network that provides certification, corporate contracting and business opportunities.”

About MBDA The Minority Business Development Agency, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, promotes the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises. The vision of MBDA’s Enterprising Women of Color initiative is to connect women entrepreneurs to a community of wealth-building resources to grow networks, expand their client base and connect to entrepreneurial ecosystems.

About Women’s Business Enterprise Council South For more than 25 years, the mission of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South) is to advance and enhance business opportunities between corporations and women-owned businesses through a reputable certification program, education and professional growth opportunities. WBEC South facilitates the nationally recognized and most relied upon certification program, WBENC Certification, for the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle. Learn more at https://wbecsouth.org/.


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New Community Provides Catalyst for Change in Tech

24th November 2020 – London, United Kingdom

Advocate for women in business everywoman launches a new free-to-join global community to support women in tech at all levels.

According to research by PWC, 78% of students can’t name a famous female working in technology. Additionally, only 5% of leadership positions in the technology sector are held by women.

Today sees the launch of the everywoman in Tech Hub, a new open-to-all online destination to support career growth for women in technology roles. This new platform allows members to connect with peers and role models, find mentors, attend training and access critical career development content. The online portal offers a blend of social networking, online events and a content portal that will enable women working in technology roles to supercharge their careers and get peer support.

everywoman Co-Founder Maxine Benson MBE said, “With all that has happened this year it’s more important than ever for us to innovate and find new ways of connecting women and their allies. Building on our legacy of showcasing role models through our everywoman Tech Forum and Awards, the everywoman in Tech Hub serves to connect this incredible community of women year round. We’re delighted to create this place for women to get readily available support and help them take the next step in their career.”

Some of the key features of the hub include:

● Live webinars featuring leading figures in tech on leadership and technical topics ● Multimedia content from role models, giving vital clues on career development ● Direct connection with mentors, mentees or peers via a social networking platform that facilitates 1:1 connection and forum style group discussions.

Why is the hub needed?

In the current climate, forging meaningful connections between women working in technical roles is more important and, in many ways, more challenging than ever. It’s a top priority for the team at everywoman, so we’re building on our 21 year history of advancing women in business, with this online hub as a logical next step.

To access the everywoman in Tech Hub, visit – https://everywomanforum.com/tech-hub

About everywoman

Advancing women in business: every woman, everywhere.

everywoman is a global platform for advancing women in business. Working to close all gender opportunity gaps, so that women can equally engage in the business world. Founded in 1999 by Karen Gill MBE and Maxine Benson MBE, everywoman has supported thousands of women worldwide in establishing businesses and progressing their careers. Working with leading corporations and organisations – using diversity insights – it can demonstrate the improved productivity and performance achieved when women and men work together equally and respectfully. Through its cross-industry awards and forums everywoman has created thousands of female role models and male allies, inspiring generations of future leaders. To find out more visit www.everywoman.com.


2021 Center for Women Veterans Trailblazer Initiative

The Center for Women Veterans (CWV) is proud to announce the 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers 2.0 Initiative.

For this initiative, CWV has defined a women Veteran Trailblazer as a woman who:

Has served and separated from the service and makes an impact by enhancing the lives of other Veterans, Veteran families or Veteran caregivers. Impact may be a single event or action or may be demonstrated over a period of time in one or more of the following areas:

Education Employment Entrepreneurship Homelessness Legal Mental Health and Wellness

Please submit all requested materials:

Nomination form Nominee’s recent professional (looking) photo One-page summary of why the women Veteran meets the definition above of a Trailblazer and how she is continuing to serve others.

Nomination packages for the CWV 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers 2.0 Initiative should reach CWV by Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Nominations received after this deadline will not be considered. Previously selected Trailblazers will not be considered.

Email nominations and/or questions to: 00W@va.gov.

We look forward to receiving your nomination.

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Powerful New WECommunity Global Platform Transforms How Buyers Connect with Women Suppliers

WEConnect International recently announced the launch of WECommunity, a new, more efficient platform connecting large buyers with women-owned business suppliers around the world, especially in developing countries.

The digital WECommunity platform was launched under the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and SAP Ariba, along with support from Accenture, ExxonMobil, IBM and Procter & Gamble. W-GDP is the first whole-of-government approach to advancing women’s economic empowerment globally and established the W-GDP Fund at USAID.

“Global prosperity will remain out of reach if we exclude half the population,” said USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa. “At USAID, we believe investment in women is key to unlocking human potential on a transformational scale. The W-GDP Fund at USAID is financing innovative solutions to close the economic gap between women and men and help our partners advance on their Journeys to Self-Reliance.”

Today, women own one-third of all privately-owned businesses and yet companies and governments only leverage one percent of their global spend on products and services from women-owned businesses. Small businesses are the engine of economic growth and job creation, and it is critical for their businesses to have access to markets.

“With WECommunity, women-owned businesses will be able to register and join the global network for free and can apply for WEConnect International Women’s Business Enterprise Certification in 50 countries,” said Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International. “Member buyers and certified women-owned businesses will be able to post and share real business opportunities with each other.”

The new platform has an intuitive and user-friendly interface and landing pages. Suppliers, based in more than 125 countries, will be able to more easily see the status of their applications. In addition, member buyers can post simple solicitations to women-owned businesses within the network to help them land deals and contracts. WECommunity is truly global with content in 10 languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Italian and Polish.

“SAP Ariba is proud to be part of the WECommunity solution and support the development of women-owned businesses globally.  We believe in WECommunity and how it offers busy buyers an easy and intuitive means of connecting with women-owned suppliers will be a powerful tool enabling women-owned business to compete and grow not just a local, but a global level,” said Mark Sweeney, Jr., Senior Account Executive, SAP Ariba. “This type of socially aware commerce embodies the SAP Ariba concept of ‘procurement for a purpose.’  We look forward to helping the WECommunity grow into the gold standard for socially-relevant commerce worldwide.”

 

For more information, please visit  www.WEConnectInternational.org or contact Angela Walker, Vice President Communications, at WEConnect International, at awalker@WEConnectInternational.org  or +1-202-446-8840.

 

About The W-GDP Initiative
In February 2019, the White House established the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, the first whole-of-government approach to women’s economic empowerment. W-GDP seeks to reach 50 million women in the developing world by 2025 by focusing on three pillars – Women Prospering in the Workforce, Women Succeeding as Entrepreneurs and Women Enabled in the Economy. W-GDP leverages a new innovative fund, scaling private-public partnerships which address the three pillars. In its first year alone, W-GDP programs reached 12 million women across the globe.

 

About WEConnect International
A member-led, global non-profit, WEConnect International works with an alliance of over 105 multinational buyers that have committed to sourcing more products and services from women-owned businesses based in more than 125 countries. Member buyers collectively represent over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside of the US that are at least 51 percent owned, as well as managed and controlled by one or more women, and connects them with large buyers. For more information, see www.WEConnectInternational.org


US Organizations Receive Diversity Impact Awards at ERG Leadership Summit

Greensboro, NC (October, 2020)The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) recognized the outstanding achievements of Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and other DE&I initiatives at the Diversity Impact Awards™ ceremonies during the USC Marshall Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24.

Each evening of the conference included award ceremonies honoring the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor of the Year Recognition Awards. “The virtual event didn’t dampen the spirit and excitement of the award winners as they celebrated the incredible accomplishments of their teams,” said Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Officer at Talent Dimensions.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data-driven and scientifically-validated model developed by Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning. The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives. For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least. We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing. We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions.

Congratulations to all our Diversity Impact Award winners!

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients:

  1. Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  2. Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  3. Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  4. Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  5. Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  6. ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  7. Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  8. Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  9. Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  10. NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  11. Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Business Resource Group
  12. Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  13. Southern California Edison – Latinos for Engagement, Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  14. Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  15. Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  16. Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  17. NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  18. Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  19. State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)
  20. Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  21. JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  22. Dominion Energy – We3
  23. American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  24. Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  25. American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients:

  1. Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  2. Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  3. Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  4. Cigna – Power of Connections Wellness Circles
  5. Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  6. Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  7. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks
  8. Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  9. Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  10. American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish and Muslim EBRGs

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients:

  1. Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  2. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  3. Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  4. Ricoh – International Women’s Day
  5. Halliburton – Focus on Family
  6. NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  8. Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  9. American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  10. Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. The new award process leverages a data-driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations. The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.


Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Collaborate in Advancing Diversity and Business Opportunities in Aviation

The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that commits the organizations to formally collaborate in advancing diversity and promoting opportunities for companies within the aviation industry by leveraging their collective membership and training resources.

Both organizations seek to promote best practices and opportunities for their member companies to succeed in airport development pursuits. The MOU states that the organizations “recognize that increased diversity within the airport development industry will foster benefits and help fill the pipeline of future development experts.”

Under the terms of the MOU, AMAC and ACC will endeavor to: • Identify and implement specific actions to identify and promote best practices in airport development projects;

  • Educate their respective members and airports on teaming, procurement, contracting and business best practices in general;
  • Identify opportunities to attract more students into airport development careers;
  • Promote diversity in the industry; and
  • Educate their respective members and airports on best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to increasing aviation industry business and career opportunities for diverse/underrepresented individuals and companies.

AMAC Chief Operating Officer Anthony Barnes noted, “For 36 years, AMAC has been the driving force of eliminating barriers minority and women-owned companies face when seeking to engage in airport business and employment opportunities. Partnering with like-minded organizations, like ACC, will strengthen our impact in promoting a diverse and inclusive airport environment that fuels innovation and creativity when building our airports for the future.”

“ACC has always appreciated the close partnership and shared goals we have with AMAC over the years,” said ACC President T.J. Schulz. “The signing of this MOU codifies this partnership and ACC’s commitment to advance airport development companies of all sizes in this challenging time for aviation. We also look forward to taking steps to work with AMAC on increasing opportunities for minorities to engage and succeed in this industry at this important time in our society.”

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education, and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit amac-org.com

About the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is the global trade association that represents private businesses involved in the development and operations of airports and related facilities, focusing on the business interests of firms with airport-related technical expertise.


US Organizations to Receive Diversity Impact Awards at October Conference

The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) released their annual list of the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor Recognition Awards.  These groups will be recognized at an award ceremony during the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24, 2020.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

In 2018, PRISM International was acquired by Talent Dimensions to help organizations weave Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) into the fabric of its culture.  “This can only happen if the organization develops a DE&I strategy aligned to the business strategy and the appropriate structure exists to ensure successful implementation.  Diversity Councils and ERGs (BRGs, Affinity Groups, Networks, etc.) serve as one of the most important levers to drive the tactical execution of that strategy,” shares Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Office at Talent Dimensions.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data driven and scientifically validated model developed by Dr. Theresa Welbourne, Senior Affiliate Research Scientist at the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama, and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning.  The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives.  For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least.  We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing.  We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions. “Our partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations further supported the importance of the recognition of leaders and organizations.”

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards recipient rankings will be revealed at USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective (CEO) Organizations ERG Leadership Summit Week October 19 – October 24.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG
  • American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  • Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  • Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  • ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  • Dominion Energy – We3
  • Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  • Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  • JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  • Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  • NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  • NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  • Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  • Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  • Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Busines Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  • Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  • Southern California Edison, Latinos for Engagement Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  • State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim EBRGs
  • Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  • Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  • Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  • Cigna – Employee Resource Groups
  • Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  • Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  • Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  • Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  • Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  • Halliburton – Focus on Family
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  • NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  • Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  • Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – Disability Etiquette: Perspective Changing
  • Ricoh – International Women’s Day

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils.  The new award process leverages a data driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations.  The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.

About USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations
Since its founding over 40 years ago, the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), a research center in the USC Marshall School of Business, is world-renowned for its breakthrough research and insights on organizational performance, effectiveness and talent management. Today, CEO is at the forefront, discovering and creating the latest knowledge in the design and management of organizations for companies that range from mid-sized to the Global 500. CEO’s worldwide network includes research scientists, faculty experts, best-selling authors, and corporate partners. Working together, they provide forward-thinking leaders with trusted insights and the hands-on learning they need to help them solve complex problems and build highly effective, sustainable organizations.


Federally Employed Women Join in the Commemoration of the United States 19th Amendment

Federally Employed Women (FEW) is proud to join in the centennial anniversary for the passage of the United States 19th Amendment, guaranteeing every woman the right to vote. We are all reminded that 100 years ago the hard-fought battle of the Women’s Suffrage Movement for equality for the citizenry of every woman’s right to vote. No citizen should be denied or abridged the right to vote based on sex. The 19th Amendment was formally adopted into the United States Constitution by proclamation of then Secretary State Bainbridge Colby (1920-1921).

FEW is proud to recognize and honor the efforts of the courageous leaders of the past as we look to the future and take our rightful place in history by voting. Every woman is encouraged to register and vote early wherever they live and join in a commemoration program to honor these great leaders of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. FEW President Karen Rainey said, “As we celebrate the tremendous successes of women through legislation, we cannot afford to be silent. We must make plans to honor the work of the Women’s Suffragist Movement by voting.” FEW’s purpose is to ensure that all women are given the same opportunities of inclusion through professional development training, work and equity in pay.

The first Woman’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, on July 19 – 20, 1848. There are so many similarities of issues that women still face today. The two-day program highlighted issues such as, the right to own property, the right to keep their wages, the right to custody of children in cases of divorce, and others, up to and including the right to vote. In the end, 68 women and 32 men signed the Declaration of Principles, which included the right to vote. In 2009, FEW’s first National President, Allie Latimer, was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

Today, FEW joins in the commemorative celebration for the adoption of the 19th Amendment and the recognition of Women’s Equality Day. FEW will host a free webinar program to honor “Women and the Vote” on August 27 at 12 noon eastern. To register, go to Register in Advance for this meeting at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsc-iorz4iG9d6Cqsr6AFDUmZebN56U0nF/. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

FEW is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 after Executive Order 11375 was issued that added sex discrimination to the list of prohibited discrimination in the federal government. FEW has grown into an international organization serving over one million federally employed women – both in the military and civilian workforce. For more information about FEW, go to www.few.org.

“Working for the Advancement of Women in the Government”


WOMEN PRESIDENTS’ ORGANIZATION Names Three annual Award Winners at 2020 Digital Conference

New York, NY (July 23, 2020) — The Women Presidents’ Organization, a peer advisory group to help million dollar plus women-led companies take their businesses to the next level, announced three 2020 award recipients recently at its 2020 digital conference Reimagining Business (#wporeimaginingbusiness).

Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award

This Award is named for the esteemed WPO advisory board member who provided the seed capital to fund the start of the organization. Mary Lehman MacLachlan cared deeply about women in positions of leadership and business ownership, and strongly believed women need to support other women in their communities. The award is given in her memory each year, to one WPO member who embodies economic independence, running a financially-sound business, providing financial benefits for staff, and supporting other businesswomen in the community.

The judges for this year’s award were:

Katherine Lehman, daughter of Mary Lehman MacLachlan

Beth Marcello, Director, Women’s Business Development PNC, Certified Women’s Business Advocate

Sherri Griffiths, Regional President, Business Banking, Greater Ontario Region, BMO Bank of Montreal

This year’s award winner Laura Kelly, CEO, Keyot LLC in Oakwood MN, runs a profitable company, with a gross profit of 30% and a net income of 11% in 2019. Members of her back-office team earn competitive salaries and may participate in bonus or commission plans. The company offers full health and dental benefits, profit sharing and a 401K plan with a company match.

A WPO member for the past eight years, she has joined the Platinum VI chapter, in which members have average annual revenues of $47 million. In her spare time, she mentors young women through nonprofit organizations — such as Dress for Success Twin Cities and YWCA Twin Cities. She encourages them to pursue careers they may have not thought possible — in information technology, operations and project management — challenging them to package themselves and their ideas in the most professional way possible, so prospective employers will take them seriously.

Adrienne Hall Award for Breaking Down Barriers

This award goes to a member, Chapter Chair, organization, or sponsor – any stakeholder who has gone out of the way to collaborate with the WPO, and to forge alliances that have proven helpful to the organization. Esteemed WPO Board Chair Adrienne Hall started the first women-owned advertising company in the United States. A strong advocate for women’s rights, Adrienne contributed to the success and growth of the WPO by making connections that still enable the organization to provide superior programming and continued expansion.

This year’s award winner Betty Hines, Founder and CEO, Betty Hines dba Women Ellevating Women, has been a WPO Chapter Chair for 12 years and has proven herself an invaluable resource for innovative programming and making connections on behalf of the organization. Betty introduced a program, in partnership with 100 Black Men, honoring outstanding women of color in different industries for their professional achievements and community service, into WPO. Starting in Baltimore chapter ten years ago, the collaboration has continued in 23 cities.

“Adrienne Hall was a powerful inspiration and influence on me personally. A leader in every sense, she was masterful in building relationships and leveraging connections. Betty works tirelessly to forge partnerships and referrals for potential members and tirelessly promotes WPO wherever she goes. She fills her chapter easily, because of her fervent support of and belief in WPO. She takes her tole of a Chapter Chair to heart and truly wants local business owners to succeed. She is a true champion, elevating multicultural women and helping to advance and grow the organization,” said Camille Burns, WPO Chief Executive Officer.

President’s Award

This year’s President’s Award winner Lynda M. Applegate is the Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) and serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for Harvard University’s Masters’ of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies degrees in finance and management. Lynda also continues to play a leading role in developing the HBS Executive Education Programs for entrepreneurs and business owners. She has provided a gateway for WPO to the Harvard Business School’s robust wealth of content and eminent professors who bring the school’s inspiring case studies alive.

“Lynda Applegate has been the inspiration and driving force behind a unique program for WPO members with annual revenues of $3 million to $10 million, who do not yet qualify for WPO Platinum membership, or the Harvard Owner President Management Program. She has spoken at several WPO conferences, chapters, and Chapter Chair training sessions, and participated in the first Summit held for WPO Platinum members. WPO owes her its deep gratitude for all she has done,” said Dr. Marsha Firestone, WPO President & Founder.

About the Women Presidents’ Organization

The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting successful women who own multimillion-dollar companies. Members in chapters across six continents participate in confidential monthly meetings to share business expertise and experience, based on a peer learning methodology designed to accelerate the growth of their businesses to the next level of prosperity. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator. Prospective WPO members must have annual gross revenue of at least $2 million, if product-based, or $1 million if service-based.

For more information please visit our website www.womenpresidentsorg.com.

Follow us on Instagram and https://twitter.com/WomenPresidents. Like us on Facebook @TheWPO.


Trans and non-binary people in STEM: Apply for a Ben Barres Fellowship, deadline 9/30/2020

NOGLSTP is proud to offer the Ben Barres Fellowship. The fellowship is a $2000-$5000 award for professional development of trans, intersex, and non-binary graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Ben Barres Fellowship is a merit-based award, and the support provided is intended, broadly construed, for the recipient’s professional development. Examples of eligible purposes include research support; conference/workshop attendance, or research travel; equipment/supplies; research assistant or translation services; and/or other professional uses. The fund is not intended to support personal expenses unrelated to research, such as food or rent.

To apply for The Ben Barres Fellowship, applicants will provide a brief description of their current research and research/career goals, a 2-3 paragraph funding proposal, a personal statement, their CV, and answers to demographics questions. Each application must have one letter of support, which may be written by any of the following: PI, Mentor, Advisor, or Colleague. The letter of support will be submitted by the recommender (not the applicant). Applications will be evaluated on clarity of written proposal, impact of proposed funding on applicant’s career, contributions to STEM and LGBTQ+ communities, and strength of support letter. If awarded funds, the recipient will upload a brief report and expense receipts within 6 months of receiving the award.

Apply here: https://www.noglstp.org/programs-projects/ben-barres-fellowship/

Recipients of the fellowship will retain the option of remaining anonymous in public announcements of the award. Alternatively, they may choose to be publicly acknowledged in NOGLSTP’s publicity campaigns. Awards will range from $2000 to $5000 per recipient. Application deadline for the first round of awards is September 30,2020. Award decisions will be announced the first week of December. If any money is left, there will be additional rounds of awards until all the money has been awarded.

About NOGLSTP

NOGLSTP was established in 1980, incorporated in the State of California in 1991, and was granted IRS 501 (c) 3 non-profit status in 1992. NOGLSTP’s mission is to educate the scientific and general communities about the presence and accomplishments of LGBT individuals in STEM professions. NOGLSTP presents educational symposia and workshops nationwide. NOGLSTP fosters dialog with other professional societies, academia, and industry to facilitate diversity and inclusion in the workplace. NOGLSTP is an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a participating professional society member of MentorNet®, a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association, a partner with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and a founding member of the E-Week Diversity Council.

For more information, visit the website at www.noglstp.org


News for NGLCC

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HELPING THE LGBT BUSINESS COMMUNITY THROUGH THE COVID-19 CRISIS

In our recent email blast we shared that NGLCC will always continue to work for you and our communities. We ask all stakeholders to check NGLCC’s social media pages for updates on business development webinars and trainings; online matchmakers, both B2B and corporate; support with drafting capability statements and RFPs; and much, much more to help our businesses and community stay strong and ready for the year ahead.

We encourage all stakeholders to regularly check our landing page for Coronavirus relief and other essential updates: NGLCC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There you will find resources from the Small Business Administration, as well as NGLCC Corporate Partners, to assist small businesses with their recovery.

Additionally, many NGLCC local affiliate chambers have regional information an economic recovery opportunities available. To find your closest local affiliate, click here.

Special Resources:

1) NGLCC COVID-19 Resource Hub for the LGBT Business Community

2) LGBTBE Business Webinars And Video Resources During Covid-19

LGBTBE BUSINESS WEBINARS

AND VIDEO RESOURCES DURING COVID-19

Questions? Webinars@nglcc.org

This page is dedicated to our network of exceptional, innovative Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers in the NGLCC network. Here you will find information on business development webinars and trainings; online matchmakers, both B2B and corporate; support with drafting capability statements and RFPs; and much, much more to help our businesses and community stay strong and ready for the year ahead.

For funding and economic relief information, please visit our hub: NGLCC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Additionally, many NGLCC local affiliate chambers have regional information an economic recovery opportunities available. To find your closest local affiliate, click here.


News for NGLCC

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HELPING THE LGBT BUSINESS COMMUNITY THROUGH THE COVID-19 CRISIS

In our recent email blast we shared that NGLCC will always continue to work for you and our communities. We ask all stakeholders to check NGLCC’s social media pages for updates on business development webinars and trainings; online matchmakers, both B2B and corporate; support with drafting capability statements and RFPs; and much, much more to help our businesses and community stay strong and ready for the year ahead.

We encourage all stakeholders to regularly check our landing page for Coronavirus relief and other essential updates: NGLCC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There you will find resources from the Small Business Administration, as well as NGLCC Corporate Partners, to assist small businesses with their recovery.

Additionally, many NGLCC local affiliate chambers have regional information an economic recovery opportunities available. To find your closest local affiliate, click here.

Special Resources:

1) NGLCC COVID-19 Resource Hub for the LGBT Business Community

2) LGBTBE Business Webinars And Video Resources During Covid-19


NMSDC – A Message From The President

Like everyone in the network, NMSDC’s national office is innovating every day to keep our mission and our work moving forward during the COVID-19 virus emergency.

Take a look at this new update from NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne C. Trimble about how the NMSDC is working in this environment – and how that is reshaping our plans for 2020.

NMSDC is mobilizing on the virtual level. Our national office and our regional affiliates are all operating remotely, in safety and security, but we are still conducting business as usual. We are here for you, as always.

We hope you are participating in our new, weekly virtual Town Halls – online every Thursday afternoon. Join us this week for our live stream on YouTube: How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges.
Technology is allowing NMSDC to keep the conversation going between MBEs and corporate members, even as we are all isolated. Engagement so far in the Town Halls has been vigorous, thought-provoking, and helpful in these difficult days. Stay tuned to your email and social media for more information on these can’t-miss events.

Sadly, as you know, the health emergency has forced the postponement of Leadership Week and the Leadership Awards gala. We hope to reschedule or otherwise make the planned content and meetings available to you.

We are also monitoring developments to see how they might affect our “destination” events later in 2020 – notably, the Program Managers’ Seminar July 14-16 in Orlando, and the annual Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange October 25-28 in Phoenix.

We will keep you apprised of developments as they occur.

Staying in touch is vital during this crisis. Never has it been more important for all of us to remember that, even from a distance …
#WeAreNMSDC!


Working Wardrobes Announces the Appointment of Steven Forry as the Chief Development Officer

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (March 18, 2020): Among his new responsibilities, Forry will play a key role in
helping Working Wardrobes rebuild after a fire destroyed the nonprofit’s Irvine headquarters in early
February of 2020.

Throughout his professional career, Forry has raised millions of dollars for well-known organizations
throughout Southern California, including St. Joseph Health’s Mission Hospital, Scripps Institute of
Medicine and Science, Sharp Healthcare, UC San Diego School of Medicine & Science, and Memorial
HealthCare. His proven track record includes expertise in fundraising, board development, strategic
planning, capital campaigns, staff development, and organizational administration.

“We are so grateful Steven has joined our leadership team at such a critical time,” said Jerri Rosen, Founder,
and CEO of Working Wardrobes. “Our world took a major turn on February 2nd after a fire devastated our
operations. We’re facing this challenge head-on and with full force. I am confident that with Steven’s
guidance and support, the remainder of this year – as well as the next 30 years – will be cause for
celebration!”

Along with many development achievements throughout his career, Forry’s credentials also include the
management of capital campaigns for Panas, Linzy, and Partners and for DeLauro and Associates. He is a
published author and educator, having taught literature at Columbia University and development classes at
UC Irvine, OneOC, and regional Association of Fundraising Professionals conferences. Forry is a graduate
of UC Santa Barbara and holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

MORE ABOUT WORKING WARDROBES:
Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost career development nonprofit, championing on behalf of
at-risk men, women, young adults, and veterans to help them achieve the dignity of work. Founded in 1990
by CEO Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes has been serving the Southern California region for over 30 years,
providing job training, career placement, and wardrobe services to more than 105,000 clients to overcome
barriers to employment and achieve the Power of a Paycheck®. For more information please visit,
www.workingwardrobes.org . Please direct media inquiries to Devon Poer, Marketing and Public Relations
Manager at devonp@workingwardrobes.org or (949) 558-4145.


Airport Restaurateurs, Retailers and Small/Minority Businesses Urge Airports and Congress to Provide Financial Relief Industry Experiencing Unprecedented Business Impact

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WASHINGTON, DC (March 18, 2020) – The Airport Restaurant & Retail Association (ARRA) and Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) urged airports and Congress to quickly pass financial relief for airport restaurateurs and retailers given the unprecedented business impact caused by the spread of the Coronavirus and resultant COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of both organizations, which include restaurants, gift shops and retail stores, have been seriously impacted given the rapid decline in airline bookings and passenger counts which are falling at unprecedented rates. Further, several state and municipalities are closing restaurants, including at airports, to help contain the spread of COVID-19. All stakeholders in the industry—airlines, airports, airport retailers and restaurateurs, and other related companies—are financially suffering.

The associations represent a $10 billion industry made up of firms of varying sizes, including many small and local businesses which contribute $2.5 billion to airport revenue streams. Together these businesses employ more than 125,000 workers in U.S. airports. The restaurants and retail shops are a vital part of the airline passenger’s travel experience, and a major revenue source on which airports depend for their operations, development and bond financing.

John Clark, Chair of AMAC commented, “Our members are suffering tremendous sales losses exceeding 50% and in some cases as high as 90%. The industry is facing a major financial crisis. Many businesses, including those classified as small and/or disadvantaged, may not be able to continue operations.”

Restaurateurs and retailers in the aviation sector are contracted by airports, airlines and third-party developers to provide passengers a full range of food, beverage and retail services. Pat Murray, Chair of the ARRA explained, “our members’ ability to retain and pay employees, as well as pay rents to airports, has been seriously jeopardized. Some of our members will likely be unable to meet our debt obligations and will be forced out of business if quick action is not taken to provide relief.”

The two associations urged airports to engage with their members quickly and adopt mitigating actions to save the businesses:

• Waive rent, other fees and the imposition of penalties for at least six (6) months with the opportunity to extend depending on the extent and impact of the crisis.
• Suspend and defer concessionaires’ capital investment requirements.
• Provide operational flexibility including, but not limited to adjustments to operating hours, locations and menus/product selections as well as selective temporary closing of stores and restaurants in order to better align with passenger volumes and flows and reduce the impact on employees.

ARRA and AMAC strongly support the airports’ request for emergency financial assistance and flexibility to help sustain operations, preserve jobs and bonds, including assistance and flexibility for concessionaires during this critical time. ARRA and AMAC urged Congress and the Administration to also provide financial relief and assistance to airport concessionaires to ensure business continuity, secure loans and make debt service payments. Specific measures ARRA and AMAC urge Congress and the Administration to act upon are:

• Provide grants and low-interest or interest-free loans to concessionaires to allow concessionaires to cover operating expenses.
• Provide loan guarantees to concessionaires to assure their ability to continue making debt service payments and secure loans for their ongoing capital investment requirements.

About Airport Restaurant & Retail Association
The Association’s mission is to work collaboratively with aviation-industry trade associations and the airport community on matters of policy decision-making with a collective impact on restaurant/retail members. As members of the airport communities we serve, ARRA members have an expertise and understanding of best practices in the complex aviation restaurant and retail operational environment. Our knowledge can ultimately deliver powerful solutions of benefit to our airport partners.

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the Federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit amac-org.com.


 

NDILC Introduces Ten Women Leadership Principles

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In the upcoming weeks, each of these principles will be presented in detail with a personal message from an NDILC member about her experiences applying these principles to her professional and personal life. Share, engage, and practice every day at all levels of leadership. Be the storyteller!

About NDILC
The NDILC is dedicated to raising the number of women leaders and growing women’s employment and empowerment at all levels in the housing ecosystem. The Council comprised of senior executive women, works diligently toward gender equality and obtaining equal opportunity for women across America. To learn more about the NDILC, please visit NAWRB.com/NDILC/.

About NAWRB
Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is a leading provider of consulting services and directives for women’s leadership, advancing gender equality at all levels, raising the utilization of women-owned businesses and providing women the tools for economic security, stability and sanctuary. From poverty, homeownership and professional ownership, to the C-suite, Corporate boards and Family Offices, we are redefining wealth by having options.


Health Care HR Week 2020 Sponsored by ASHHRA

Health Care Human Resources Week will be observed March 16-20, 2020. It is designated to recognize human resources professionals in health care organizations across the nation for their important role across the continuum of care.

 

For more information visit ashhra.org/HCHRWeek.


2020 Marks the 13ᵗʰ Anniversary of the Women Presidents’ Organization 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ Sponsored by American Express

50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companiesᵀᴹ Deadline Extended to March 1, 2020!

 

To be eligible, companies must be:

• Privately owned

• Women-owned/led

• The business must have generated at least $500,000 (USD) in 2015 revenue (and every subsequent year)

• Revenues must be converted to USD

Applicants are not required to be WPO members.

Click HERE to apply!

International businesses are encouraged to apply.


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Visit AWIS Innovation Summit for more information about this Spring event coming to Houston, Texas.


Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Donates Over 750 Pieces of Clothing to Dress for Success Greater Orlando

Lena Graham-Morris is presented a donation of over 750 items of business attire and accessories
Lena Graham-Morris, VP of Development Dress for Success Greater Orlando is presented a donation of over 750 items of business attire and accessories by Anna Raney, Foundation of AFWA, Director, and Cindy Stanley, AFWA Executive Director.

The donation was collected through AFWA’s Gives Back initiative at the 2019 Women Who Count National Conference in Orlando last month.

Each year, Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance selects a local charity or non-profit to support through its AFWA Gives Back initiative during the Women Who Count National Conference. This year, AFWA challenged conference attendees to bring gently used professional attire to support Dress for Success of Greater Orlando.

Attendees from across the country brought over 750 pieces of professional clothing and accessories to donate to Dress for Success. The donation was presented to on October 23, 2019 to Lena Graham-Morris, VP of Development Dress for Success Greater Orlando.

Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization that provides professional attire for low-income women, to help support their job-search and interview process. Their mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work is similar in nature to AFWA’s own mission.

“We have a shared mission to empower women to achieve their full potential. This makes Dress for Success the perfect AFWA Gives Back partner and one which our members are especially proud to support,” said Foundation of AFWA Director, Anna Raney.

About The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance:

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance promotes the professional growth of women in accounting and finance. Members of the nationwide association benefit from opportunities to connect with colleagues, advance their careers, and become industry leaders. For more than 80 years, the organization has proudly upheld its mission to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession. Visit AFWA.org for more information.

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Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Announces Recipients of the 2019 Women Who Count Awards

The National Awards recognize outstanding women who exemplify AFWA’s core values in career and life, and set a positive example for other women in the accounting and finance industries.

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) announced the recipients of the 2019 Women Who Count Awards during the annual Women Who Count Awards lunch held October 22, 2019 in Orlando, FL.

This year’s recipients demonstrate a drive to take on challenges and strive for success. They are leaders in their companies and communities. They’ve earned the trust and respect of their clients and peers. And they show enthusiasm toward their career and the accounting and finance industry as a whole.

Emerging Leader: Kelsey Scott
Director of Finance, Brief Media, Tulsa, OK
Kelsey Scott
In 2015, after just two and a half years of studies, Kelsey Scott earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Oklahoma State University. She began her professional career as an accounting assistant with Brief Media and has quickly risen through the leadership ranks, now to Director of Finance. She demonstrates an emerging pattern of leadership as a result of a fierce passion for finance done right.

Emerging Leader: Nicole Hopkins
Director of Business Retention & Expansion at Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa, OK
Nicole Hopkins
Nicole Hopkins is the Founder of multiple Tulsa networking groups, and an active participant on a number of community volunteer Boards. She demonstrates leadership in AFWA within her local Tulsa chapter and within AFWA’s National LEAP Advisory Council. Nicole’s impact on the community is evident, and she’s not stopping yet! Says a former co-worker of Nicole’s, “When I think of the impact that Nicole has had on her community, I’m amazed at the tenacity, creativity, and passion that is inside of her.”

Women Who Count Award: Jaime Oehlwein
Vice President of Finance at ACH, Edwards, IL
Jaime Oehlwein
Jaime rose to leadership positions early in her career.  Following the financial crisis, as the only manager left standing in a startup manufacturing company, she was thrust into leadership positions and responsible for running the facility on its own cash flow.  When others may have given up her integrity did not allow it.  She successfully ran the facility on its own cash flow while entertaining prospective buyers.  Jaime is now the Vice President of Finance for Advance Correctional Healthcare. She demonstrates commitment to her team and company by working alongside her employees with a positive attitude and passion for producing quality work.  She is a trusted leader who doesn’t shy away from recognizing her team’s successes or providing coaching when necessary.

Women Who Count Award: Jill Mitchell
Professor of Accounting at Northern Virginia Community College, Arlington, VA
Jill Mitchell
In her roles as a professor at Northern Virginia Community College, adjunct professor at George Mason University, and Wiley author, she invests her deep knowledge of the accounting profession and collaborates with students to help them achieve their educational and professional goals. She gives her time to the DC Chapter of AFWA and the  Virginia Society of CPAs, among other organizations. She is grateful for the opportunities the professionals in these organizations provide for her students.  This award and others are a formal recognition of Jill’s superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and service.

“These women are not only successful in their own right, but they are pulling up the women behind them to ensure their success as well. That is what AFWA is about. I am incredibly proud to have these amazing women in our AFWA network, and proud to recognize them with these awards,” said AFWA National President, Laura Mangan.

About The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance:

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance promotes the professional growth of women in accounting and finance. Members of the nationwide association benefit from opportunities to connect with colleagues, advance their careers, and become industry leaders. For more than 80 years, the organization has proudly upheld its mission to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession. Visit AFWA.org for more information.

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  1. LULAC 2021 National Women’s Conference
    November 12, 2021 - November 13, 2021
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  1. LULAC 2021 National Women’s Conference
    November 12, 2021 - November 13, 2021
  2. CSUN Center on Disabilities 2022 Conference
    March 13, 2022 - March 18, 2022
  3. WiCyS 2022 Conference
    March 17, 2022 - March 19, 2022