2018 Parade of Stars Awards Gala

Melanie Handy, VMware

Regional Volunteer of the Year Award

The Regional Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a member outside of the DFW area for their dedication to our mission of promoting women business enterprises and their active assistance in Council programs and events. 

Recipient
Melanie Handy, VMware
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
Cristina Lopez, JCPenney

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
Cristina Lopez, JCPenney
Molly Sandlin, CAET Project Management Consultants

WBE Rising Star

The WBE Rising Star Award is given to a newly certified WBE who has consistently demonstrated strong support for and involvement with WBCS as a new member. 

Recipient
Molly Sandlin, CAET Project Management Consultants
Rachel Bryen, Oncor

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
Rachel Bryen, Oncor
WBE of the Year Winners

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
Fireman's Paving Contractors
Techway Services
Argent Associates
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
Donna Butterfield, Frost Bank

Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award

The Corporate Volunteer of the Year award recognizes a member for their dedication to our mission of promoting women business enterprises and their active assistance in Council programs and events. 

Recipient
Donna Butterfield, Frost Bank
Kathleen Hunt, Personalized Payroll Services

WBE Volunteer of the Year Award

The WBE Volunteer of the Year award recognizes a member for their dedication to our mission of promoting women business enterprises and their active assistance in Council programs and events. 

Recipient
Kathleen Hunt, Personalized Payroll Services

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.

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
Prestige Maintenance USA
Aztec Promotional Group

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.

2017 Lillie Knox Award Recipients

2017 Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Grant Recipients

Recipients
The TransSynergy Group
CM Productions
Tri-Chem Industries
C. Bishop Law
Mixed Media Creations
Demand Lighting