WBDC: 26th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon

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Thursday, September 20
McCormick Place-West, Ballroom A-C
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Each year, the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) recognizes women entrepreneurs who have demonstrated unequaled strength, perseverance and creativity in their businesses, and who have embodied entrepreneurial success in various ways. The WBDC also recognizes advocates, corporations and government agencies that have demonstrated their enthusiastic commitment to strengthening women's business ownership and economic development. Congratulations to this year's Hall of Fame Award Recipients!

Lisa Price
Founder, Carol's Daughter, Inc.
Lisa Price is the founder of a multi-million-dollar company, Carol's Daughter, Inc. (lovingly named after her mother Carol), whose fragrances and lotions are a favorite among celebrities like Jada Pinkett-Smith, Erykah Badu, Rosie Perez and Halle Berry. Products are sold at nine company-owned stores, including its flagship store in Harlem. Price is the author of a book, Success Never Smelled So Sweet, and is a philanthropist who serves on the boards of the National Women's Business Council and the Foundation for Advancement of Women Now, founded by Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute.

26th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year
Cassandra Sanford
CEO, KellyMitchell Group
Cassandra Sanford is the CEO and co-founder of KellyMitchell, a company that specializes in technology consulting for Fortune 500 companies. Under Sanford's direction, the St. Louis-based company has grown from three employees to a national organization with more than 1,000 employees in 45 states. In addition to running a successful business, Sanford makes a practice of mentoring other women and giving back to her community. She serves on several boards including the St. Louis Regional Commerce Growth Association and Magic House, and she is chair of the Women's Leadership Society of the United Way. She is also active in WINGS, the fundraising entity for Barnes Jewish Hospital's Children's Hospice Program. A licensed lawyer, she is a volunteer for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, which offers free legal services to low-income individuals. For her business success, Sanford has won numerous awards, including the 2012 WBENC Star award and the WBDC's 2006 WBE Success Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year.

26th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year - WBE Success
Heather Sanderson
President, Overture Premiums & Promotions LLC
Heather Sanderson leveraged a wealth of operational and financial expertise to establish Overture Premiums & Promotions eleven years ago. Today, the company has more than 2,500 clients in nearly 20 industries, which it serves with a team of 65 employees who have industry-specific experience. Housed in a 70,000-square-foot building in the Chicago suburbs, Overture has an in-house graphics support department to help ensure quality branding for its clients. For the past five years, Overture has been named one of the top 50 promotional marketing companies in the U.S. An innovator and strong believer in the value of good employee morale, Sanderson spearheaded a successful Mentor Program at her company, which now has five successful product experts, two of whom are women whose sales topped $1 million in 2011.

26th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year - Rising Star
Danielle Hrzic
President and Co-Founder, Gourmet Gorilla
Inspired by the desire to provide healthier meals to her sons' school in Chicago's South Loop, Danielle Hrzic co-founded Gourmet Gorilla. This foodservice company delivers healthy meals to more than 90 pre-schools and elementary schools throughout Northern Illinois. The company serves up more than 5,000 healthy, organic meals a day. It primarily uses locally grown products. Hrzic started the company using a personal credit card and an $8,000 microloan, but she has managed to grow the company with minimal debt, reinvestment of profits and hard work. An alumnus of Chicago's first Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, Hrzic was recently featured on MSNBC's popular Morning Joe program. Previously, she spent 12 years in the financial and insurance industries in sales and marketing positions.

26th Annual Advocacy Awards
Joset B. Wright
President, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC)

Pamela Prince-Eason
President & CEO, Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

The Women's Business Development Center is thrilled to honor both Pamela Prince-Eason and Joset B. Wright for their tremendous advocacy efforts on behalf of women and minority business owners nationally with the 26th Annual Advocacy Awards. Pamela Prince-Eason is president and CEO of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the leading third-party certifier for WBEs in the country. Her professional career has included roles as both a corporate executive and business owner. She was vice president of Worldwide Procurement for Pfizer Inc., headquartered in New York City, and was co-owner of RMR Associates, a business process consulting company. Joset B. Wright is president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), a private non-profit organization that expands business opportunities for minority-owned companies of all sizes, and the leading third-party certifier of MBEs in the country. She is an attorney and former procurement executive with a broad range of professional experience in the corporate and private sectors, including a 13-year career in the telecommunications industry. The WBDC is the largest certifying regional partner organization of WBENC, and it has enjoyed a partnership with the Chicago MSDC for more than two decades. The collaboration with both organizations has led to much of the important legislation that supports the creation and growth of women and minority-owned businesses in the State of Illinois, the County of Cook and the City of Chicago. Today, the WBDC honors the collaborative accomplishments of both Pamela and Joset on behalf of women and minority-owned businesses nationally.

26th Annual Corporate Support Award
Allstate Insurance:
Cheryl A. Harris
Chief Procurement Officer

Margaret Klinsport
Director, Supplier Diversity

The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is proud to honor Allstate Insurance as its 26th Annual Corporate Support Award recipient for their ongoing commitment to the advancement of women and minority-owned businesses and its steadfast dedication to the Women's Business Development Center and its mission. Accepting the award are Cheryl A. Harris, C.P.M., senior vice president, sourcing and procurement solutions, and Margaret Klinsport, director, supplier diversity. Harris oversees Allstate's spend portfolio of $14 billion through collaboration with internal business partners and external suppliers. Klinsport works with minority suppliers, helping them earn the opportunity to compete for Allstate's business.