Women’s Business Council – Southwest Announces 2016 Parade of Stars Awards Gala

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Award winners honored by Women's Business Council - Southwest for their support of women-owned businesses

The Women's Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) announces the award winners honored at the Parade of Stars Awards Gala, an evening honoring Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Sustaining (Corporate) Members who go above and beyond to ensure the successes of women-owned businesses. These members support Women’s Business Enterprises through advocacy, volunteerism and sponsorships, and were stars for the night! It also recognizes the corporations and government agencies that provide Women’s Business Enterprises with growth opportunities in today’s competitive marketplace. The event was held on February 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Renaissance Dallas Hotel.

The following awards were presented:

  •     WBE Rising Star presented to Dramatic Conclusions, LLC.
  •     WBE Advocate of the Year presented to Jennifer Schaumburg, Fuse Solutions, Inc. of Dallas.
  •     Corporate Advocate of the Year presented to Suzanne Cruz-Sewell, Assistant Vice President, Business Diversity & Development at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
  •     Buyer of the Year presented to Brian Schrader, Procurement Manager at Texas Instruments of Dallas.
  •     WBE of the Year – under $5 million in revenue – presented to Peck Training Group, LLC of Allen.
  •     WBE of the Year – over $5 million in revenue – presented to Pinnacle Group.
  •     Corporation of the Year presented to Oncor Electric Delivery of Dallas.
  •     WBE Volunteer of the Year presented to Jennifer Blakeney, Owner of Guaranteed Express, Inc.
  •     Corporate Volunteer of the Year presented to Grace Hastings, Supplier Diversity Manager at Oncor
  •     Regional Volunteer of the Year presented to Dallas Judd, of Bullseye Database Marketing.

This year, WBCS announced an expansion to the Parade of Stars Awards program to honor the outstanding efforts of their Sustaining (Corporate) Members. For the first year ever, it also recognized its top corporations in two categories: Leaders and Trailblazers. Leaders have well established supplier diversity programs and have shown an unwavering commitment towards the inclusion of women-owned businesses in their supply chain. Trailblazers have broken through industry standards and raised the bar for supplier diversity and procurement programs across the nation.

  •     Leaders – American Airlines, Dell, Inc., Lockheed Martin, PepsiCo, Inc., Texas Instruments, Toyota
  •     Trailblazers – Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, BNSF Railway Company, Brinker International, DFW International Airport, Energy Future Holdings, Oncor

Sponsors of the program include Oncor, Energy Future Holdings, ICON Information Consultants, Pinnacle Group, Luminant, TXU Energy, Alcatel-Lucent, Argent Associates, BNSF Railway Company, Brinker International, CFJ Manufacturing, DFW International Airport, Ericsson, FedEx Office, Fluor, KARLEE Company, Real Time Resolutions, Software Professionals, Texas Instruments, Trans-Expedite and UPS.

About WBCS
Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, WBCS is dedicated to increasing mutually beneficial procurement opportunities between certified woman-owned businesses, corporations, businesses, government entities, institutions and other organizations. With more than 1,000 WBE members and nearly 100 Sustaining (Corporate) Members, WBCS is in its 21st year of providing national certification to women-owned businesses. To find out more about the WBCS, please visit http://www.wbcsouthwest.org. WBCS is a regional affiliate of the Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) covering Oklahoma, north central Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico. Founded in 1997, WBENC has become a powerhouse organization for women entrepreneurs across the country.

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