Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame inducts 10 honorees
The Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame, now in its fifth year of celebrating women-owned businesses and their successes, inducted a new group of women entrepreneurs and those who value their contributions at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas on Dec. 5. During the ceremony presented by the American Institute of Diversity & Commerce, honorees from around the country were recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship, leadership and mentorship.
“Had tonight’s leaders chosen to take a backseat in the drive to even the playing field for WBEs, the rest of us might not be here,” said Jarilyn Fox, WBE Hall of Fame emcee, as well as president and publisher of Women’s Enterprise magazine. “They don’t just look around and say, ‘Somebody really needs to do something.’ Our mentors cultivate leads, rally the troops, ease access to funding and develop plans to weather storms. They lead the cheers and offer reality checks along the way. And, our entrepreneurs grabbed their dreams, combined them with a lot of hard work, spirit, vision — and maybe a bit of luck — to transform them into success.”
Tom Trotter, chairman of the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce, praised the inductees for “their extraordinary impact on WBEs.”
“The WBE Hall of Fame is proud to recognize national leaders in women’s business development,” he continued. “They have generated a quantifiable contribution through time, talent and effort, along with the help of a team of dedicated people and companies. We honor their successes and thank them for demonstrating a long-term commitment and performing a unique service.”
Platinum sponsors for the event were Energy Future Holdings Corp. and PepsiCo Inc. Gold sponsors were AT&T Inc., Cadillac Motor Car Division, and Pinnacle Technical Resources. Silver sponsors included American Airlines Inc., Bill and Patti Alcorn, Ernst & Young LLP, Fluor Corp., Group O Inc., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Erle Nye and Ricochet Fuel Distributors Inc. Bronze sponsors were Alcatel-Lucent, Avis Budget Group, CARCON Industries, Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC, The Procter & Gamble Co., Jim and Billie Schultz, Telecom Electric Supply Co. and Texas Instruments Inc. Patron sponsors were ICON Information Consultants, Joy Promotions Inc., Small Pond Video Productions, Verizon Communications Inc. and Versa Printing Inc. Media Sponsor was Women’s Enterprise Magazine.