2017 Parade of Stars Awards Gala

Patti Winstanley, Aztec Promotional Group

WBE Advocate of the Year Award

The WBE Advocate of the Year Award recognizes a WBE owner or employee who demonstrates extraordinary efforts in inspiring, engaging and empowering WBCS-Certified WBEs. This individual will be recognized and honored for her mentoring, coaching and supporting women-owned businesses. This award may be nominated by a WBE or Sustaining (Corporate) Member.

Recipient
Patti Winstanley, Aztec Promotional Group
Marilyn Stewart, Nokia

Corporate Advocate of the Year Award

The Corporate Advocate of the Year Award recognizes an individual employed by a Sustaining (Corporate) Member who uses innovative approaches for utilizing WBEs within their company, as well as the larger supplier diversity community.  This individual contributes significantly to expanding opportunities for WBEs and has demonstrated consistent support for WBCS. This award may be nominated by a WBE or Sustaining (Corporate) Member.

Recipient
Marilyn Stewart, Nokia
Brian Schrader, Texas Instruments

Buyer of the Year Award

The Buyer of the Year Award recognizes a buyer employed by a Sustaining (Corporate) Member who ensures WBEs are included in bid opportunities in their company’s procurement process and uses innovative approaches to increase opportunities for WBEs. This award may be nominated by a WBE or Sustaining (Corporate) Member.

Recipient
Brian Schrader, Texas Instruments
WBE of the Year Award

WBE of the Year Award

The WBE of the Year Award recognizes three woman-owned businesses that exemplify outstanding business acumen, industry leadership and community service. These WBEs demonstrate a commitment to doing business with fellow WBEs. Three awards will be given in this category; one with annual sales under $5 million, one with annual sales $5 million to $20 million and one with annual sales over $20 million.  This award may be nominated by a Sustaining (Corporate) Member only.

Recipients
CRC Group
Akorbi
Ricochet Fuel
Toyota

Corporation of the Year Award

The Corporation of the Year Award recognizes a Sustaining (Corporate) Member that consistently demonstrates outstanding commitment to WBCS and the utilization of WBEs through purchasing practices and results.  This Sustaining (Corporate) Member is a valued leader in supplier diversity and WBE inclusion throughout the supply chain. This award may be nominated by a WBE Member only.

Recipient
Toyota
Pam Cline Glover, Southwest Airlines

Corporate Volunteer Award

Recipient
Pam Cline Glover, Southwest Airlines
Sou Lam, Ad-A-Staff

WBE Volunteer Award

Recipient
Sou Lam, Ad-A-Staff
Corporate Champions

Corporate Champions

Corporate Champions is an annual recognition program designed to identify WBCS Sustaining (Corporate) Members who demonstrate success in the effective integration of certified WBEs throughout their supply chain. Applicants will be evaluated based on the degree to which their organization has leveraged diversity and inclusion within their corporate culture.

Recipients
AT&T
BNSF Railway
DFW International Airport
Ericsson
Nokia
Oncor
PepsiCo
Toyota
Vistra Energy


Spend Awards

The WBCS Spend program tracks business between members of the Council (e.g., Sustaining (Corporate) Members to WBE or WBE to WBE) and honors those members who support the program by reporting their business together.

American Airlines

Momentum Award

Recognizes an outstanding Sustaining (Corporate) Member who exemplifies consistent support of the Spend program through reporting WBE spend and achieving the highest percent increase in number of WBE suppliers contracted during the past year.

Recipient
American Airlines
Women Working Together

Women Working Together

Recognizes an outstanding deal between WBE members. This award highlights the importance of WBE to WBE business opportunities and showcases the story behind the deal.

Recipients
Trans-Expedite
Guaranteed Express

Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Grant

Lillie Knox was an important part of the history and current success of the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Lillie passed away after a long battle with cancer on November 10, 2003. In 2005, the Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Grant was created by WBCS to honor Lillie for her support of Women Business Enterprises through her commitment, spirit, passion and determination.

The recipient(s) are certified-WBE member(s) of WBCS who has identified a need in her business that, if met, will support the growth and development of her business. The cash award may fully (or partially) fund this need and may include, but is not limited to, equipment purchase, technical development or upgrade, consulting services, strategic planning, website development, planning or education.

Learn more about The Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Award.

2016 Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Grant Recipients

2016 Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Grant Recipients

Recipients
A La Carte Catering & Cakes
ESNet
EWF International
The Richey Company
ThinkHaus Creative