Each year, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) recognizes individuals and organizations who tirelessly advocate for and lead the development of minority business enterprises (MBEs).  The many successes created through our organization are the results of a great number of dedicated men and women who lead and pave the way for others.  We will present Advocacy Awards to individuals who exemplify the commitment to creating business opportunities and growth for minority firms.  We will present Leadership Awards to recognize corporations, public agencies and minority firms for their achievements in 2016.  This year's awards dinner will be held at the DoubleTree Southcenter Grand Ballroom in Seattle, Washington on Thursday, March 9th, 2017.  You are invited to join us in celebrating and honoring our awardees.

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Event Details


2017 Awards Dinner & Silent Auction



Thursday, March 9th, 2017

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM



DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

Gland Ballroom

16500 Southcenter Parkway

Tukwila, WA 98188


Event Registration will cover one person admission to :

  • Business Opportunity Networking & Silent Auction (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM)
  • Awards Dinner (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Registration fee is $200 per person.

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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel offers discounted social rate of 15% off Sunday - Wednesday and 20% off Thursday - Saturday, until end of April. Rates are discounted off the best available rate and are variable. Rates are applicable to state and local occupancy taxes plus $2.00 per night Tourism Promotion Area Fee.

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Guest of Honor

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney was born to migrant farm workers. Her parents were born in Mexico and came to the United States in 1919. Phyllis grew up in the Yakima Valley where she helped her family in the fields before and after school from the age of five.

Phyllis began her career as a community activist in the Yakima Valley and in the Tri-Cities where she was the co-founder of the Washington State Migrant Child Care Centers, the Educational Institute for Rural Families and the Farm Workers Clinics. She was also instrumental in establishing statewide Child Care and Early Childhood Educational Teacher Training Programs.

Kenney was appointed to the Washington State Legislature  in January 1997 where she served for 16 years in the House of Representatives. She chaired the House Committee on Community and Economic Development and Housing and also chaired the Committee on Higher Education for seven years. She served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Labor & Workforce Development Committee, and the House and Senate Joint Committee on Economic Development and International Relations chaired by the Lt. Governor. She served on the Washington State Economic Development Commission and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Governor’s Aerospace Council and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.

Phyllis has always been a champion for higher education, leading the way in sponsoring and supporting programs and funding that have helped many students to get an opportunity to achieve their education dreams. In 2005 Kenney sponsored House Bill 1794 to allow branch campuses to offer four-year degrees. She also sponsored House Bill 1079 that allowed undocumented students to go to college with in state tuition and was instrumental in in getting the REAL Hope Act (also known as the Dream Act) passed in 2014. HB 1096 created the Opportunity Grants, a program that helps provide training for low income students in high demand fields. She also was instrumental in the development of the I-BEST program that helps limited English speaking students learn a trade while also learning English. Both of these programs have been recognized nationally. President Obama has recognized the I-BEST as a model program for the nation.

Kenney sponsored landmark legislation to create the Building Communities Fund, which provides grants to underserved communities for projects that help revitalize their community. Additionally, she has sponsored legislation and supported funding to provide housing for farmworkers, low-income families, foster children and the homeless.

Phyllis is a former small business owner and has served on local, state and national boards and commissions regarding education, economic development and national and global health . Phyllis was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. She also serves on the Washington GovernorsUniversity Baord. She has been presented with numerous awards and commendations on the state and national level.

Dinner Menu

DoubleTree Signature Romaine Heart Salad
with Shaved Parmesan, Crisp Proscuitto,
Cherry Tomato & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Citrus Seared Breast of Chicken
Fingerling Potatoes and Seasoned Vegetables

Decadent Chocolate Cake or Cheesecake

Starbucks Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee & Tazo Teas

The Council will proudly pour Native American wine
from Twisted Cedar Wines

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