Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Honors Kathy Homeyer with William J. Alcorn Award

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Homeyer receives highest WBENC Accolade for an individual at 2014 National Conference & Business Fair.

Kathy Homeyer is an extraordinary leader whose positive spirit has resulted in tremendous opportunities for women’s businesses.

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) honored Kathryn "Kathy" Homeyer, Director of Supplier Diversity at UPS, with the William J. Alcorn Award. This award recognizes outstanding leadership contributions made by an individual in support of the WBENC mission to fuel economic growth through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying and facilitating development of women-owned businesses. The award ceremony took place at WBENC’s 2014 National Conference and Business Fair, convening over 3,000 corporations and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania.

The William J. Alcorn Award was named in honor of WBENC’s first Chair of the Board of Directors, William J. Alcorn, retired Senior Vice President and Chief Purchasing Officer of the J.C Penney Company, for his years of dedication and outstanding leadership.

In presenting the award to Homeyer, William J. Alcorn said, “Kathy Homeyer is an extraordinary leader whose positive spirit has resulted in tremendous opportunities for women’s businesses at UPS and nationally.”

As Director of the UPS Supplier Diversity Process, Homeyer manages internal and external programs designed to increase representation of small, minority- and women-owned businesses in UPS's supplier network.

Homeyer was appointed to the Corporate Supplier Diversity team in August 2002. As Director, she works with UPS managers nationwide to implement initiatives that identify potential suppliers and provide them with critical information and access to UPS's purchasing process. She is also responsible for the establishment of new, and the development of existing, UPS relationships with small, women, and minority business organizations.

Homeyer began her UPS career in accounting in 1980 in Missouri. During her nearly 35-year career, she has held a number of increasingly responsible positions, including district controller in Colorado, California and Texas. In that capacity, she managed purchasing, supplier relations and technical support, as well as other aspects of finance.

As a member of UPS’s Supplier Diversity team, Homeyer has collected numerous accolades for her outstanding leadership. Most recently, she received both the President’s and Advocate of the Year awards from the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC). She has been honored by several magazines including MBN USA, WE (Women's Enterprise) USA, and DiversityBusiness.com for making a difference in supplier diversity. Additional awards received include Best of the Decade, Hall of Fame, Top 30 Supplier Diversity, and Champions of Diversity, as well as being listed in the Continental Who’s Who registry for her involvement, leadership and passion. In the first quarter of 2014, WE USA listed her among the Top 100 Leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity, and DiversityPlus magazine named her one of the Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity.

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Homeyer currently serves as Treasurer and Board Member of WBENC and Women’s Business Council Southwest (WBCS). She is also an advisory board member for Enterprising Women magazine, and has served as a Board Member for the Greater Women's Business Council (GWBC).

Prior to working for UPS, Homeyer was a manager and buyer in the retail clothing industry. She is a native of Washington, Missouri, and received her degree in business administration from Regis University, Denver, Colorado.

She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, twin sons and a daughter.

Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with over 12,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs. WBENC certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. Throughout the year, WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations provide opportunities for interactions between more than 650 member corporations, government agencies and thousands of certified WBEs at business building events and other forums. WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks and accepts donations from corporations, foundations and individuals that support its mission and programs. For more information, please go to http://www.wbenc.org.

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