WBE Trailblazer Honoree
Rosemary Weppler, EY Global Diversity and Inclusiveness Procurement Manager, accepts on behalf of Stephen Howe from Sahar Hague
Steve Howe is EY’s U.S. Chairman and Americas managing partner. He leads the U.S. and Americas executive committee, represents EY in regulatory relationships, serves on EY’s global executive board and is actively involved in the development and support of EY’s corporate responsibility initiatives. Mr. Howe, who has been with EY for 35 years, also serves as executive sponsor for the firm’s focus on diversity and inclusiveness and has led initiatives to increase the number of women in leadership positions by building a supportive environment.
Corporate Advocate Honoree
And throughout her career, she has dedicated herself to advancing women inside and outside of KPMG, serving as a board member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council for nearly 20 years.
Corporate and WBE Advocate Honoree
Ms. Lewis is one of the founding members who spearheaded the growth and development of GWBC, now in its 17th year. As founding chair, she led the board of directors and staff to ensure that the overarching goals bridged the gap between corporate America and women-owned businesses to build sustainable and profitable relationships. During her leadership, GWBC has received Partner of the Year honors and the Applause Award from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, earned commendations from the State of Georgia and accepted the Legacy of Leadership award from LEADS – the annual women-of-color conference at Spelman College in Atlanta.
Marti Powers, Head of Shell U.S. External Relations,
accepts on behalf of Shell from Pamela Prince Eason
Corporate Leadership Honoree
Over the last few years, the company has retooled its supplier diversity strategy with strong C-suite and senior executive leadership, doubling down on its investment in development and capacity-building for WBEs, while building up internal focus on strategic supply chain inclusion to connect WBE’s to real opportunities.
Shell has created innovative educational opportunities, such as training sessions prior to events hosted by WBENC and its regional partner organizations, coffee talks between WBE groups and Shell executives and the Find Your Fit campaign that offers information on the energy supply chain. All are focused on making WBEs better with Shell or better because of Shell.
Recognizing the long term need for more WBEs with a strong technical foundation to grow in the energy industry, Shell was the catalyst for the 2012 restart of the WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program with a focus on STEM students.
Corporate Advocate Honoree
Homeyer was appointed to the UPS Corporate Supplier Diversity team in August 2002. As director, she worked with UPS managers nationwide to implement initiatives that identify potential diverse suppliers and provide those suppliers with critical information and access to UPS’s purchasing process.
Organization Leader Honoree
WBE Catalyst Honoree
Mr. McKneely is the founding chairman of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an organization that recognizes companies annually purchasing in excess of $1 billion with women- and minority-owned businesses. He also founded the supplier diversity Million Dollar Roundtable, an initiative that honors corporate buyers that annually purchase $1 million or more with women and minority owned suppliers.