Previous Awards

2017 USBLN Annual Leadership Award Winners

  • The John D. Kemp Leadership Award – Steve Howe, U.S Chairman and Americas Managing Partner, EY
  • Affiliate of the Year – DC Metro Business Leadership Network
  • Supply Chain Advocate of the Year– Tim Ruddell, Manager, Supplier Diversity & Sustainable Procurement, KPMG
  • Employee/Business Resource Group of the Year – Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Employer of the Year (Over 100,000 employees) – IBM
  • Employer of the Year (Under 100,000 employees) – Florida Blue
  • Global Disability Leadership Award – Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, Co-Founders, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Marketplace Innovator of the Year, Disability Inclusive Advertising/Marketing – ESPN
  • Marketplace Innovator of the Year, Disability Inclusive Product– Microsoft
  • Supplier of the Year – Tic Toc
  • Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses – Comcast NBCUniversal

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

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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

Press release: USBLN® Announces the 2015 Annual Leadership Award Winners – [DOC | PDF]


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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

Press release: USBLN® Announces the 2014 Annual Leadership Award Winners – [DOC | PDF]


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

Press release: USBLN® Announces the 2013 Annual Leadership Award Winners – [DOC | PDF]


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

Press release: USBLN® Announces the 2012 Annual Leadership Award Winners – [DOC | PDF]


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