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AT&T California Receives SCMBDC’s 2011 Leadership Award


or its outstanding leadership in developing and promoting small and minority-owned business-

es, AT&T California was recognized by Southern California Minority Business Development Council (SCMBDC) at the council’s 27th Annual Leadership Award gala. The Leadership Award was presented to AT&T California at The Beverly Hills Hotel on October 12th. The gala spotlights an outstanding individual and/or a corporation whose achievements and lead- ership in the business community have resulted in positive results for diverse businesses. Accepting the award on behalf of the company was Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California. “There’s no company more deserving of this

award than AT&T California for its longstanding commitment to supplier diversity,” said SCMBDC President John W. Murray, Jr. “AT&T is among the best in procurement spending with diverse California companies, spending nearly $1 billion annually with minority-, woman- and disabled veteran-owned busi- nesses. They have raised the bar for other corpora- tions to follow.” Murray noted that AT&T is a member of the Bil-

lion Dollar Roundtable, a supplier diversity think tank of corporations that spends more than $1 billion annually with diverse companies; only 17 companies qualify at this level nationally, and AT&T spent that in California alone. In accepting the award, McNeely said, “We’re

proud to support California’s diverse suppliers. We recognize the value they bring to our business and we’re pleased to continue investing and creating good jobs in California.” He attributed the company’s success to “having

the right team in place to ‘think outside the box’ to execute supplier diversity initiatives and build a ro- bust program.” Examples include bringing together diverse women business owners with prime contrac- tors and working with service-disabled, veteran- owned firms to build skills to grow their businesses. For the future, McNeely said the company plans

to reach out to and nurture “micro” businesses— companies with revenues under $1 million.AT&T is a longtime corporate member of SCMBDC and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Previous Leadership Award recipients include: Mi- chael Allman, president and CEO of Southern Cali- fornia Gas Co.; Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; Earvin “Magic”


Johnson, chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enter- prises and founder and chairman, Magic Johnson Foundation; Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., senior associate dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management, asso- ciate professor of Global Economics & Management, founder and faculty director, Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies; Stephen F. Bollenbach, co- chairman and CEO, Hilton Worldwide; and Robert A. Iger, CEO, The Walt Disney Company. This year’s award sponsors were: (gold) Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Co.; (silver) Chevron Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales, USA; (bronze) American Honda Motor Co.; AT&T; KVCR; Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; The Walt Disney Company; Wells Fargo; (corporate tables) AEG; Amgen; Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Northrop Grumman Corporation; The Boeing Company; WellPoint; (MBE sponsors) Alorica; (in-kind services) AT&T and Amgen. This year’s award celebration chairs were Alori-

ca’s Andy Lee, CEO and chairman, and YC Liu, pres- ident. Alorica is a global leader in delivering out- sourced customer support, call center management and logistic operations. Michele Ruiz, a bilingual entrepreneur and former broadcast journalist, served as the mistress of ceremonies.


Southern California Minority Business Develop- ment Council is the premiere organization strengthen- ing economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign-owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business enterprises. As the region’s leading minority business advocacy organization, SCMBDC represents the interests of more than 600,000 minority businesses in its 13-county service area in Southern California. The council offers na- tionally recognized certification to minority-owned businesses, strategic networking between corporate members and certified firms, and education, informa- tion, and skills development to help minority busi- nesses enhance their capacity. Headquartered in Los Angeles and one of 37 regional councils in the Na- tional Minority Supplier Development Council net- work, SCMBDC has made a positive impact in the minority business community since its founding in 1975. For more information, visit


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