Northwest Mountain MSDC Awards Program
Leadership and Advocacy Awards

The Northwest Mountain MSDC Awards Program promotes supplier diversity leadership and advocacy by recognizing the outstanding achievements of corporate/public agency members, certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), and supplier diversity advocates engaged in minority supplier development in the Northwest Mountain Region.  The program supports the Council’s mission: foster an environment that creates opportunity and build economic value.

About the Awards

Leadership Awards are presented annually to a national corporate member, a regional corporate member, a public agency member* and four certified MBEs (one from each MBE class).  All factors of business are considered for Leadership Awards, in addition to minority supplier development, and supplier diversity programming and advocacy. 

Advocacy Awards pay tribute to individual contributions to the advancement of minority businesses and communities, named after Robert L. Ryan, one of the Council’s first corporate volunteers, and John A. Gilmore, one of the Council’s first certified MBEs, whose commitment and dedication have contributed to the growth of the Northwest Mountain MSDC. In 2017, the Advocacy Award for the public agency category was renamed after Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney, co-founder of the Washington State Migrant Child Care Centers, former member of the Washington House of Representatives and an advocate for underserved communities.   

* Higher learning institutions are included in the public agency category.

Awards Criteria

Nomination Process

At the beginning of each year, nomination requests are sent out to all Northwest Mountain MSDC corporate/public agency members and certified MBEs.  Nomination guidelines are provided with award descriptions, criteria, nomination forms and a list of qualified corporations, public agencies and MBEs.  To qualify for nomination, a corporate/public agency member or MBE must be in good standing with the Northwest Mountain MSDC for the entire award period.  For the 2018 Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction, the award period is the year 2017.  Previous award recipients must wait two years after receiving their award to qualify for nomination.

Nomination Guidelines

Leadership Award nominations are exclusive to buyer-supplier relationships.  Corporate/public agency members may nominate MBEs, but not corporate/public agency members.  MBEs may nominate corporate/public agency members, but not other MBEs.

Advocacy Award nominations are open to all corporate/public agency members and MBEs.  Members and MBEs may nominate any individual, or individuals, they deem deserving of recognition in each category.

Self-nomination is not accepted.

Acceptable Nominations

Leadership Awards

National Corporation of the Year

Presented to: National Corporate Member

Must be nominated by: Certified MBE

Regional Corporation of the Year

Presented to: Regional Corporate Member

Must be nominated by: Certified MBE

Public Agency of the Year

Presented to: Public Agency Member

Must be nominated by: Certified MBE

Supplier of the Year (Class I - IV)

Presented to: Certified MBE

Must be nominated by: Corporate or Public Agency Member

Advocacy Awards

Robert L. Ryan Award

Presented to: Individual from Corporate Member

Must be nominated by: Corporate/Public Agency Member or Certified MBE

 

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award

Presented to: Individual from Public Agency Member

Must be nominated by: Corporate/Public Agency Member or Certified MBE

John A. Gilmore Award

Presented to: Individual from Certified MBE

Must be nominated by: Corporate/Public Agency Member or Certified MBE

Awards Committee

After the nomination deadline, nomination packets are sent to all the nominees.  Nominees are required to complete a questionnaire and provide supporting documentation, if needed.  Packets are submitted to the Council and forwarded to the Awards and Recognition Committee for review.  The committee is comprised of 5 – 7 Corporate/Public Agency Members and MBEs and a Chairperson whose role is to insure fair and equitable selection of award winners.  The Council may answer questions from the committee or clarify information, but is excluded from participating in the review process.  Any member of the committee who is nominated for an award is excluded from the review of that award category.  A rating system determines the winner for each award.  The committee chairperson ensures the confidentially of the final scores until they are turned over to the Council President.

Other Awards

The Northwest Mountain MSDC has presented other awards in addition to the Leadership and Advocacy Awards: the MBE to MBE Business Purchase Award, MBE to MBE Inclusion Award and the President’s Award.

By the Numbers

Since 1991, the Northwest Mountain MSDC has honored outstanding supplier diversity leaders and advocates with at least 213 award recognitions.  We have presented 26 National Corporation of the Year, 23 Regional Corporation of the Year, 6 Public Agency of the Year, 81 Supplier of the Year, 65 Advocacy Awards, 9 MBE to MBE Awards and 3 President’s Awards.
 

 

Updated February 2018