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Overview

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV’s mission to further the progress of women in business depends on the commitment of our WBEs, Corporate Members, volunteers and advocates.

Each year we celebrate the success and contributions of our most engaged and active WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV-certified WBEs and Corporate Members in the Metro NY and Greater DMV regions. Prestigious awards recognize their hard work and dedication. Both WBEs and corporate members are eligible for recognition through WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Done Deals™ and Awards programs.

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards bring public recognition to businesses and individuals that have shown an outstanding degree of support for WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV and serve as an inspiration to others in all spheres of our community.

At the beginning of each calendar year, all WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV stakeholders are invited via email to apply for these awards. WBEs and Corporate Members may nominate themselves, and all stakeholders may nominate other individuals and businesses. WBEs and corporate members cannot receive the same award for two consecutive years.

What Award Winners Receive
  • Recognition at WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV’s Annual Awards to Celebrate Our Partners
  • Press coverage and recognition in marketing materials surrounding Awards Breakfast events
  • Recognition as award winners in WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV marketing materials, distributed to over 3,000 people
  • Opportunity to serve on the following year’s Awards Committees

Outstanding Corporation Award

Awarded to one Metro NY and one Greater DMV Corporate Member annually.

The Outstanding Corporation Award recognizes Corporate Members that have contributed significantly to WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV’s mission by actively supporting women in business. Working with certified WBEs, providing resources and support to the WBE community, participating in events and programs, and developing innovative initiatives for supplier diversity are all ways in which Corporate Members can demonstrate their support. The Outstanding Corporation Award honors and celebrates their efforts.

Apply for the 2022 Outstanding Corporation Award:

Star Award

Awarded to one Metro NY and one Greater DMV WBE annually.

The Star Award recognizes outstanding certified WBEs that have actively participated in WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV programs and events, supported other women in business, and developed innovative solutions for doing business with Corporate Members and other WBEs.  

The Star will be recognized by WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV within the community.

Apply for the 2022 Star Award:

Outstanding Women's Business Advocate Award

Awarded to one Metro NY and Greater DMV WBE or Corporate Member or Community Advocate annually.

The Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate Award recognizes a single individual, representing either a certified WBE, WPEO Corporate Member or community advocate who has made an outstanding contribution to WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV and supported women in business through active involvement and contribution to WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV. The award is open to WBEs, Corporate Members and community advocates in Metro NY and Greater DMV regions.

Apply for the 2022 Outstanding Women's Business Advocate Award:

President's Award

Awarded to one Metro NY and one Greater DMV outstanding individual annually.

The President’s Award recognizes an individual personally selected by the WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV President & CEO who has made an outstanding contribution to WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV throughout the year. One is presented for the Metro NY region and one for the Greater DMV region.

Done Deal™ Awards

Providing WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV-certified WBEs with more business opportunities is one of the primary ways in which WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV puts its mission into action—and our Done Deals™ initiative was created to recognize, publicize and celebrate these successes.

A business deal is recognized as a Done Deal™ only if it meets the necessary criteria, and is submitted to WBEC Metro NY or WBEC Greater DMV as a Done Deal™ via our website. This communication is crucial, as it serves to inform all members about the successful contracting and business opportunities that result from being a Metro NY or Greater DMV-certified WBE or Corporate Member.

Done Deals™ Awards

Participants must submit their Done Deals™ between April 1ˢᵗ to March 31ˢᵗ of the following year—the challenge period—to qualify for that year’s Done Deal™ Awards. Done Deal™ Awards in various categories are granted to the highest-achieving WBEs and Corporate Members who submitted Done Deals™ during the challenge period.

Corporate Opportunity Award

Awarded to WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Corporate Members annually that submit the most Done Deals™ in each category outlined below with Metro NY and Greater DMV-certified WBEs.

This year, there will be two options for applying for the Corporate Opportunity Award in each region: One award may be presented for a service corporation (i.e. banks, insurance) and one award for a manufacturing corporation (i.e. pharmaceutical).

Corporate Champion Award

Awarded to one WBEC Metro NY and one Greater DMV Corporate Member annually that submits the highest cumulative value of Done Deals™ signed with WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV-certified WBEs.

WBE Connection Award

Awarded to WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV WBEs annually that report the most Done Deals™ with other WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV-certified WBEs in the categories listed below.

This year, there will be two options for applying for the WBE Connection Award in each region: One award may be presented for a transactional business (i.e. car service rides, delivery services) and one award for contract business (one signed contract per service/product delivered).

WBE Done Deals™ Champion Award

Awarded to one WBEC Metro NY and one Greater DMV WBE annually that reports the most Done Deals™ with WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Corporate Members.

Public Sector Awards

Done Deal™ awards for the public sector recognize outstanding achievements on the part of Metro NY and Greater DMV-certified WBEs doing business with public sector affiliates in New York City, New York State, the State of New Jersey or Commonwealth of Virginia:

Access New Jersey Award

The Metro NY-certified WBE that submits the most Done Deals™ with the City of New York.

Access New Jersey Award

The Metro NY-certified WBE that submits the most Done Deals™ with the State of New Jersey.

Access Virginia Award

The Greater DMV-certified WBE that submits the most Done Deals™ with the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Access New York State Award

The Metro NY-certified WBE that submits the most Done Deals™ with the State of New York.

past award winners

2018

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards (Previously known as WPEO Awards)

Metro NY
Outstanding Corporation – Morgan Stanley
Outstanding Business Advocate – Shendora Pridgen, Executive Director, Global Head of Supplier
Star Award – Hetal Parikh, Rangam Consultants
President’s Award – Linda Hamilton, Linda A. Hamilton, CPA, LLC and Judy Robinson (retired)

Greater DMV
Outstanding Corporation – Aetna
Outstanding Business Advocate – Marcia Foose, the Americas Government and Public Sector Director, EY
Star Award – Kay Hamilton, The Hamilton Group
President’s Award – Carol Muszynski, President, Eighth Day Design and Kathy Benson, Co-Founder, Office Remedies, Inc.

2017

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards (Previously known as WPEO Awards)

Metro NY
Outstanding Corporation – New York Life Insurance Company
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Jay Sheldon Wesley, Head of Global Supplier & Diversity, Pitney Bowes
President’s Award – Kate Kleyman, Supplier Diversity Manager, Guggenheim Partners

Greater DMV
Outstanding Corporation – Capital One
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Ann Ramakumaran, Ampcus
President’s Award – Darlene Fuller, Senior Director Supplier Diversity, Sodexo

2016

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards (Previously known as WPEO Awards)

Metro NY
Outstanding Corporation – Con Edison
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Ranjini Poddar, Artech Information Systems LLC
Star Award – Sharon Olzerowicz, Hired by Matrix
President’s Award – Sandy Russell, Verve Professional Services Inc.

Greater DMV
Outstanding Corporation – Aetna
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Alicia Thompson, Capital One
Star Award – Lois Gamerman, Soft Stuff Distributors, Inc.
President’s Award – Pam Mulcahy, Dominion

Done Deals Awards

Metro NY
Corporate Opportunity Award – Bank of America
Corporate Champion Awards – Microsoft Corporation and Pfizer Inc.
WBE Connection Award – Stackable Sensations
WBE Done Deals Champion Award – Coranet Corporation

2015

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards (Previously known as WPEO Awards)

Metro NY
Outstanding Corporation – Merck
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Beth Canning, Prudential
Star Award – Margaret Marcucci, Coranet Corporation
President’s Award – Sue Darago, MetLife

Greater DMV
Outstanding Corporation – Sodexo
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Joan M. Hairston, Washington Gas
Star Award – Michelle Bell, 1st Choice LLC
President’s Award – Alicia Thompson, Capital One

Done Deals Awards

Metro NY
Corporate Opportunity Awards – New York Life Insurance Company and Time Warner Inc.
Corporate Champion Award – AT&T
WBE Connection Award – Daystar Promotions, Inc.
WBE Done Deals Champion Award – Corporate Diversity Solutions
Access New York City Award – Coranet Corp.
Access New York State Award – Copy Graphics
Access New Jersey Award – Copy Graphics

Greater DMV
Corporate Champion Award – Dominion
Corporate Opportunity Award – Sodexo and Pepco Holdings, Inc.
WBE Champion Award – Leap Frog Solutions
WBE Connection – Soft Stuff Distributors Inc.

2014

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards (Previously known as WPEO Awards)

Metro NY
WPEO Star – Hallie Satz, HighRoad Press
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Jaymie Mitchell, Bank of America
Outstanding Corporation – PepsiCo
President’s Award – Mary Nittolo, The Studio

Greater DMV
WPEO Star – Jacqueline Smith, New Kent Coatings, Inc.
Outstanding Corporation – Exxon Mobil Corporation
President’s Award – Carol O’Riordan, The O’Riordan Bethel Law Firm, LLP

Done Deals Awards

Metro NY
Corporate Opportunity Award – Time Warner Inc.
Corporate Champion Award – IBM
WBE Connection Award – cSUBS
WBE Done Deals™ Champion Award – Coranet Corp.
Access New York City Award – Coranet Corp.

Greater DMV
Corporate Opportunity Award – Freddie Mac
Corporate Champion Award – Bank of America
WBE Connection Award – Exhibit Edge, Inc.
WBE Done Deals Champion Award – MCPADNET, Inc.
WBE to Public Sector Award – The O’Riordan Bethel Law Firm, LLP

2013

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards (Previously known as WPEO Awards)

WPEO Star – Karen Sutter, The Sutter Group

Metro NY
Outstanding Corporation – Pfizer Inc.
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Cathy Kane, Rosenberg & Associates, Inc.
President’s Award – Judie McCloskey, Johnson & Johnson

Greater DMV
Outstanding Corporation – Pepco Holdings, Inc.
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Aline Presley, Exxon Mobil Corporation
President’s Award – Ronnette Anderson, Dominion Resources, Inc.

Done Deals Awards

Metro NY
Corporate Opportunity Award – Bank of America
Corporate Champion Award – Time Warner, Inc.
WBE Connection Award – DayStar Promotions, Inc.
WBE Done Deals™ Champion Award – Big Apple Car
Access New York City Award – Eriksen Translations, Inc.
Access New York State Award – Mrs. Paper

Greater DMV
Corporate Opportunity Award – Accenture
Corporate Champion Award – Pepco Holdings, Inc.
WBE Connection Award – Soft Stuff Distributors, Inc.
WBE Done Deals™ Champion Award – Reston Limousine Services, Inc.

2012

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards (Previously known as WPEO Awards)

Metro NY
Outstanding Corporation – Pfizer Inc.
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Ann Ortolano, Venture Insurance Brokerage
WPEO Star – Jacqueline Cleary, Atlas Data Systems, LLC
President’s Award – Karen Sclafani, Karen C. Sclafani LLC

Greater DMV
Outstanding Corporation – Marriott International, Inc.
Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Etmara Smith, CSC
WPEO Star – Bev Gray, Exhibit Edge Inc.
President’s Award – Ashley Bell, McCormick & Company, Inc.

Done Deals Awards

Metro NY
Corporate Leadership Award – AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company
Corporate Leadership Award – Pfizer, Inc.
WBE Leadership Award – Coranet Corp
WBE Partnership Award – cSubs
Access New York City Award – Coranet Corp
Access New York State Award – Mrs. Paper
Access New Jersey Award – CQ Fluency

Greater DMV
Corporate Leadership Award – Marriott International
WBE Partnership Award – Judy Bradt, CEO Summit Insight, LLC
WBE Leadership Award – Lois Gamerman, President, Soft Stuff Distributors

2011

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards (Previously known as WPEO Awards)

Metro NY
Women’s Business Advocate – Joy P. Crichlow, Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc.
Outstanding Corporation – PSEG
WPEO Rising Star – Beverly Rossi, Graphic Matter, Inc.
WPEO Star – Julie Auslander, cSubs
WPEO President’s Award – Diana Domenech Mott

Greater DMV
Women’s Business Advocate – Bunni Wheeler-Young, Freddie Mac
Outstanding Corporation – ExxonMobil
WPEO Rising Star – Judy Bradt, Summit Insight LLC
WPEO Star – Mary Moslander, LiveHealthier
WPEO President’s Award – Catherine Thomas, Kinetix Technology Partners, LLC

Done Deals Awards

Metro NY
Corporate Leadership Award – Time Warner Inc.
Corporate Leadership Award – Consolidated Edison Company of New York
WBE Leadership Award – Big Apple Car, Inc.
WBE Partnership Award – Daystar Promotions Inc.
Access New York City and New York State Award – Eriksen Translations, Inc.

Greater DMV
Corporate Leadership Award – Capital One
Corporate Leadership Award – Bank of America
WBE Leadership Award – MCPADNET
WBE Partnership Award – The Sutter Group

2010

WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV Awards (Previously known as WPEO Awards)

Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate – Lynne Marie Finn, Superior Staff Resources, Inc.

Metro NY
Outstanding Corporation – Pfizer, Inc.
Outstanding WBE – Rosalie Edson, Meadows Office Furniture Company
WPEO President’s Award – Avis Yates Rivers, Technology Concepts Group

Greater DMV
Outstanding Corporation – Capital One
Outstanding WBE– Candice Bennett, Candice Bennett & Associates, Inc.
WPEO President’s Award – Lisa Sanford

Done Deals Awards

Metro NY
Corporate Leadership Award – Pfizer, Inc.
Corporate Leadership Award – Time Warner Inc.
WBE Leadership Award – cSubs
WBE Partnership Award – Graphic Matter Inc.
Access New York City and New York State Award – Camelot Communications Group, Inc.

Greater DMV
Corporate Leadership Award – Exxon Mobil Corporation
Corporate Leadership Award – Marriott International, Inc.
WBE Leadership Award – Candice Bennett & Associates, Inc.
WBE Partnership Award – Patty’s Gifts and Baskets, LLC