ISSQUARED Proud to Sponsor the Southern California Minority Supplier Diversity Council’s 2017 Corporation of the Year Award

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ISSQUARED Proud to be a Co-Chair and Sponsor of the Southern California Minority Supplier Diversity Council Corporation of the Year Award

October 10th, 2017

Award Ceremony Held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Downtown Los Angeles

Toyota received SCMSDC’s top corporate award — Corporation of the Year (COTY) Award


LOS ANGELES, October 10, 2017 – Mysterious people behind intriguing masks. Ladies and gentlemen dressed in their finest formal attire. An air of suspense against a unique and elegant backdrop that has long been a Los Angeles treasure. SCMSDC’s 33rd annual Leadership Excellence Awards gala held October 10 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles was unlike any other council event in recent memory.

With a theme — “Unmasking excellence. Opening doors.” — SCMSDC’s final signature event of the year had an element of mystery and enchantment. Guests were encouraged to don masks as the council shined a spotlight on the visionaries, trailblazers, advocates, mentors and connectors that have advanced supplier diversity. During the evening, 10 awards were given to individuals and corporations that have made exemplary achievements in supplier diversity.

Toyota received SCMSDC’s top corporate award — Corporation of the Year (COTY) Award — for consistently achieving exceptional performance in its supplier diversity and inclusion initiatives. Bala Ramaiah, COTY co-chair and ISSQUARED's CEO said, “Through advocacy and innovation, Toyota modeled and executed bold, new strategies that led to contract opportunities for diverse businesses that drive economic growth and job creation in the communities it serves.”

Other organizations nominated for COTY were: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; Amgen; Nestlé North America; Southern California Gas Co.; Turner; and Wells Fargo.

For the COTY award, corporate members are nominated by the MBEIC and SCMSDC President Virginia Gomez. A committee comprised of MBEs and representatives from other minority advocacy organizations evaluate and rate each nominated company independently, based on a pre-established points system.

Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC) is one of the largest nonprofit minority business advocacy organizations in the region.  As one of 23 councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), SCMSDC represents the interests of more than 600,000 Minority Businesses and serves over 1,100 NMSDC-Certified MBE’s and 1700 National Corporate members throughout a 13 county service area. 

 SCMSDC hosts the Annual Awards Ceremony to honor the people and corporations that support SCMSDC's Mission best.

COTY Co-Chairs and corporate sponsors stand side by side in celebrating excellence in diversity, inclusion and minority business development. At the same me, they also provide critical financial support for the important work SCMSDC does to create access to opportunities, and prepare MBEs to take advantage of them.

 ISSQUARED is proud to support diversity.

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