2019 Parade of Stars Award Winners

The awards gala is an opportunity for the Women's Business Council - Southwest to recognize Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Corporate (Sustaining) Members that have gone above and beyond to support women-owned businesses and promote supplier diversity initiatives. We would like to say congratulations to the 2019 winners along with a huge thank you to our sponsors, staff, and all attendees for contributing to a successful event!

Who Decides Gala Award Winners?

This year we had over 70 nominees across 6 categories. And while every nominee is deserving of an award, decisions still had to be made. We’ve detailed the nomination and judging process below to give you some insight on how the winners are chosen.

Corporation of the Year Nominees

At the core of WBCS’s mission is the connection of women-owned businesses with corporations. In 2018, our Sustaining (Corporate) Members reported over 8.5 billion dollars in spend with WBEs!

WBE Advocate of The Year Nominees

The 2019 Parade of Stars Awards Gala is approaching soon and we are excited for the opportunity to recognize our nominees! Today we are taking a look at the WBE Advocate of the Year Award.

Announcing the 2019 Parade of Stars Award Nominees

We are excited to announce the nominees for the 2019 Parade of Stars Awards! The winners will be announced on January 31st at the Parade of Stars Gala at the Omni Dallas. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks as we take a closer look at the awards process and some of this year’s nominees.

Toyota Named Corporation of The Year

Earlier this year, Toyota was recognized by WBCS as the top corporation of the year at the Annual Parade of Stars Gala . At the gala, the award was received by Cheryl Hughes, Group Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Toyota Mortor North America Inc. We celebrate Toyota for implementing world-class policies and programs to enable growth and innovation while creating a level playing field for women-owned businesses. Long before Toyota Motor North America Inc. opened its North American headquarters in Plano Texas, bringing thousands of jobs to the area, the global car manufacturer

We Celebrate Our Regional Volunteer of the Year

For National Volunteer Month, we want to acknowledge our Regional Volunteer of the Year! The Regional Volunteer of the Year award recognizes an individual for their dedication to our mission of promoting women business enterprises and their active assistance in Council programs and events. This year, at the 2018 Parade of Stars Awards Gala, the award was presented to Melanie Handy of VMware for serving as a primary local resource for encouraging, educating, and connecting women-owned businesses. Handy serves on the Austin committee, has offered up her talents as a presenter at several Austin

President of Personalized Payroll Services, Named WBE Volunteer Of The Year

At WBC-Southwest we believe highlighting the impact of women leaders in our community is essential to inspire the next generation of leaders; – Kathleen Hunt is one of those leaders. Kathleen Hunt, President of Personalized Payroll Services, has been named the WBE Volunteer of the Year at the 2018 Parade of Stars Awards Gala for her endless contributions to the council. A role model, mentor, and ambassador, Hunt leveraged technology to build a successful company in payroll management, implementing innovative client products. Kathleen has dedicated her time to being a member of the