Annual Leadership Awards

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We are pleased to announce the opening of the nomination process for our coveted 2017 USBLN Annual Leadership Awards. The awards recognize leading disability workplace, supply chain and marketplace practices. Awardees demonstrate outstanding commitment to promoting disability diversity across their enterprises and clearly embody the highest ethical standards and values in the community.

The deadline for all nominee submissions is April 7th, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST.
Please note that late submissions will not be accepted.

Companies are welcomed to self-nominate and may submit nominations for multiple categories for consideration; however, one form per category must be completed. Submit your electronic nomination to: Adele@usbln.org.

Award recipients will be selected by committee and announced at the 2017 USBLN 20th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo, Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Florida, on August 23st, 2017. For more information about the annual conference, visit: www.usblnannualconference.org
Nomination forms are available in Word document format, please DO NOT convert to PDF.

The awards recognize leaders in eight (8) categories including:

John D. Kemp Leadership Award

  • The John D. Kemp Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has developed or influenced the development of significant company disability employment programs and/or services that resulted in measurable, tangible and positive outcomes that dramatically improved disability employment opportunities.
    Download Nomination Form 

Employer of the Year

  • There are two categories for Employer of the Year award – one for companies with 100,000 or more employees and one for companies with less than 100,000 employees. Companies are recognized for exemplary policies, strategies and initiatives that have resulted in measurable results in the areas of disability inclusiveness in the workplace, marketplace and supply chain.
  • For this category, a company must self-nominate. The nomination must be submitted by or on behalf of the company’s headquarters and be based on the achievements, policies and practices of the company and not on one branch or unit. A company must also be a member of the USBLN to be considered for this award.
  • Note: Employer means all employers except non-profit service providers and government agencies. Since the USBLN recognizes that building a disability-inclusive company is a cumulative effort done over time, the information presented should reflect this and include recognitions and awards received in previous years. *If you have received this award within the past 3 years you are not eligible to apply.
    Download Nomination Form 

Employee Resource Group/Business Resource Group of the Year 

  • The ERG/BRG of the Year Award recognizes the one Employee/Business Resource Group at a national, multi-national, or multi-state company with 1000 or more employees that most exemplifies programs, strategies, and initiatives that have resulted in measurable results in the area of disability inclusion in the workplace, marketplace, and supply chain.
    Download Nomination Form 

Marketplace Innovator of the Year

  • The USBLN 2016 Annual Leadership Awards “Marketplace Innovator of the Year” has two categories – one for a marketing campaign or an advertisement that includes disability and one for developing products that are designed to be used for people of all abilities. A company must be a member of the USBLN to be considered for this award.
    Download Nomination Form 

Affiliate of the Year

  • The “Affiliate of the Year” honors the outstanding Business Leadership Network (BLN) Affiliate that has demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting the vision, mission and spirit of the USBLN. As a result of this BLN Affiliate’s efforts, employers and their communities understand, utilize, and benefit from the valuable resources that people with disabilities present in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. Self-nominations are encouraged. *If you have received this award within the past 3 years you are not eligible to apply.
    Download Nomination Form 

Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses Award

  • The “Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Business and Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Businesses” award nomination is presented to the corporation or government agency that has demonstrated outstanding inclusion of USBLN certified disability-owned businesses (including businesses owned by service disabled veterans), and demonstrated commitment to disability business inclusion in their supply chain processes and corporate supplier diversity programs.
  • *Note: A DOBE® is a USBLN certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprise, operating for profit, that is at least 51 percent owned, managed, operated and controlled by a person with a disability; located in the U.S. a SDV-DOBE™ is a Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprise. *If you have received this award within the past 3 years you are not eligible to apply.
    Download Nomination Form 

Advocate of the Year – Supply Chain Inclusion

  • The “Advocate of the Year-Supply Chain Inclusion” Award recognizes the individual advocate and/or procurement champion, who have provided exceptional support in the development of USBLN®, certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprises- DOBE®s and Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (SDV-DOBEs™) and goals of the USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP). The “Advocate of the Year-Supply Chain Inclusion” is someone who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the utilization and growth of disability-owned businesses.
    Download Nomination Form 

Supplier of the Year

  • This award recognizes the USBLN certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE®) that has provided excellent service and distinguished itself and its business through its business practices and serves as a role model for disability business inclusion in the supply chain. *Note: This award category is specifically designed for business partners to nominate deserving disability suppliers in their supply chains.
    Download Nomination Form 

 

2016 USBLN Annual Leadership Award Winners

  • Global Disability Leadership Award – The Honorable Tony Coelho
  • The John D. Kemp Leadership Award – Mary Sipes, Retired Vice President-Global Portfolio Planning, GM
  • Affiliate of the Year – Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network
  • Advocate of the Year-Supply Chain Inclusion – CaSondra Devine,  Wells Fargo & Company
  • Supplier of the Year – Joyce Bender, President, Bender Consulting Services, Inc., DOBE®
  • Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses – PNC Financial Services Group
  • Marketplace Innovator of the Year, Disability Inclusive Advertisement – AT&T
  • Employer of the Year – EY

 

2015 USBLN Annual Leadership Award Winners

  • John D. Kemp Leadership Award: Oswald Mondejar, Senior Vice President of Mission and Advocacy, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners HealthCare at Home
  • Employer of the Year: Microsoft Corporation
  • Marketplace Innovator of the Year, Product Development: – AT&T
  • Marketplace Innovator of the Year, Disability Inclusive Advertisement: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Business: IBM
  • Supplier of the Year: JEMNI, Inc., Mark R. Ellson, CEO
  • Affiliate of the Year: Wyoming’s, Uinta County Business Leadership Network
  • Advocate of the Year-Supply Chain Inclusion: Kimberlee Sours, Supplier Diversity Manager, Capital One

2014 USBLN Annual Leadership Award Winners

  • John D. Kemp Leadership Award: Frances Wang West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM
  • Employer of the Year: Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Business Enterprises: Wells Fargo
  • Supplier of the Year: Caption First, Inc., DOBE®
  • Affiliate of the Year: Ohio Business Leadership Network (OHBLN)
  • Advocate of the Year-Supply Chain Inclusion: Roxanne Wilson, Manager, Corporate Procurement, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Fannie Mae

2013 USBLN Annual Leadership Award Winners

  • Advocate of the Year – Supply Chain Inclusion: Sheri Shafir, Associate Director, Supplier Diversity, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Affiliate of the Year: Alabama Business Leadership and Employment (ABLE) Network
  • Employer of the Year: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  • Small Employer of the Year: New Editions Consulting, Inc.
  • Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses Award: Sodexo

 

2012 USBLN Annual Leadership Award Winners

  • Affiliate of the Year: The DC Metro Business Leadership Network
  • Employer of the Year: Walgreens Co.
  • Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year: Northrop Grumman Corporation

 

2011 USBLN Annual Leadership Award Winners

  • Partner of the Year: The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation/National Employment Team (NET)
  • Affiliate of the Year: The Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network
  • Lead Employer of the Year: AMC Entertainment, Inc.
  • Volunteer of the Year: Roger McCullough, Manager, HR Information and Technology Services, The Personnel Board of Jefferson County, Alabama
  • Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year: IBM
  • Employee Resource Group (ERG) of the Year: Ernst & Young AccessAbilitiesTM
  • Market Share Corporation of the Year: AT&T

 

2010 USBLN Annual Leadership Award Winners

  • Partner of the Year: The State of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWF) – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  • Affiliate of the Year: The New Jersey Business Leadership Network
  • Lead Employer of the Year: Manpower
  • Volunteer of the Year: Mary Jane Chiacchio, Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
  • Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year: KPMG LLP
  • Employee Resource Group (ERG) of the Year: IBM Human Resources – Diversity & Workforce Programs
  • Market Share Corporation of the Year: GettingHired.com