Los Angeles, CA (October 28, 2016) -- 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc., in partnership with the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), announce the honorees of the 2016 Women of Color Achievement Awards. A total of 17 women will be recognized for outstanding professional achievement and exemplary community service. Sponsored by UPS, Microsoft Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company and SDI International, the event will take place on Friday, November 4th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, CA.
All award recipients were identified by the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, in conjunction with the Los Angeles chapters of the WPO. The selection criteria included successful operation of a woman-owned or led business that has reached annual revenues of at least $2 million for product-based businesses, or $1 million for service-based businesses. All companies have provided an increase in employment opportunities on a local, regional, and national level and have significantly strengthened the economy.
According to Rev. Jewett L Walker Jr, M.Div., President and Chairman of the Board, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc., “This represents a rare opportunity to bring together some of the brightest and most innovative women business leaders of this generation.”
“We are very proud to continue our ongoing partnership with 100 Black Men of America to acknowledge a distinguished group of influential women business leaders. Each one is at the peak of her professional achievement, demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities and running multi-million dollar businesses that promote economic security. They also devote their time and energy to improving the quality of life in our local communities. We salute all of this year’s award winners as role models for women and girls everywhere,” said Marsha Firestone Ph.D., President and Founder of the Women Presidents’ Organization.
"Since 2007, UPS has partnered with the WPO and 100 Black Men of America to help women entrepreneurs realize their dreams. We salute this year's distinguished Women of Color Achievement Awards honorees and their significant contributions, and stand ready to support the logistical needs of women-owned businesses globally," said La Shawn Stanford, District Community Relations Manager.
The following women will be honored:
The 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc. (100BMLA) is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 civic and community-based organization that serves as a catalyst for the disadvantaged and underrepresented segments of the community. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities through the enhancement of educational and economic opportunities within the community.
The 100BMLA was founded on the precept that we would make a difference in the communities we serve by demonstrating our unconditional support for the enhancement of education for our youth. Among the 100’s many accomplishments is the major sponsorship of the Young Black Scholars Program (“YBS”). For more information please visit www.100bmla.net. Like us on Facebook.
The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting women who own multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across six continents, chapters of 20 women presidents from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit www.womenpresidentsorg.com. Follow us on Twitter @womenpresidents. Like us on Facebook @TheWPO.
Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.
The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.