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The Greater Women’s Business Council LACE (Ladies Achieving Continuous Excellence) Awards is a black-tie event that celebrates, recognizes and awards both corporate partners and women business enterprises (WBEs) that made major contributions to the mission of GWBC.

LACE Awards are given to companies or individuals for their outstanding contributions in supporting women-owned businesses through mentoring, coaching, world-class supplier diversity initiatives and providing procurement opportunities.

2023 LACE Awards

The 2023 LACE Awards will take place on Friday, November 3, at the Georgia Aquarium. Nominations for 2023 have closed.

Categories include:

  • Corporation of the Year - The award is given to a corporation that has created significant advancement in breaking down barriers that impede WBEs from gaining fair access to procurement opportunities, including supplier development activities, financial assistance and strategic alliance counseling.
  • Advocate of the Year, Corporation - This award goes to a supplier diversity practitioner, procurement professional or buyer who is a current employee of a GWBC corporate member, and is selected for extraordinary efforts in inspiring, engaging and empowering GWBC certified WBEs.
  • Buyer of the Year - This award is given to a buyer, procurement professional or a supplier diversity practitioner who is a current employee of a GWBC corporate member, selected for instituting programs that offer equal access for GWBC-certified WBEs and attained world-class quality in its supplier diversity process.
  • The Voice Award - The Voice Award goes to a corporation selected by GWBC WBEs that has exhibited the most significant progress in creating a voice and platform for GWBC-certified WBEs to gain fair access to procurement opportunities.
  • Advocate of the Year, WBE - This award is given to a GWBC-certified WBE business owner (CEO/President) or an employee of a GWBC-certified WBE, recognized and honored for their proven methods in mentoring, coaching and supporting women-owned businesses.
  • Trailblazer Award - These awards go to GWBC-certified WBE owners (CEO/President) based upon being a pillar of their community, contributing their time and talent with a proven track record of mentoring, partnerships, volunteerism and supporting other WBEs.
  • Trailblazer, Category I (Annual sales under $1 Million)
  • Trailblazer, Category II (Annual sales $1 – $5 Million)
  • Trailblazer, Category III (Annual sales $5 – $10 Million)
  • Trailblazer Award: Category V   – Annual Sales $20 Million - $30 Million
  • Trailblazer Award: Category VI   – Annual Sales $30 Million - $50 Million
  • Trailblazer Award: Category VII  – Annual Sales $50 Million - $100 Million
  • Trailblazer Award: Category VIII – Annual Sales Over $100 Million
  • Pivot Award - The Pivot Award goes to a GWBC-certified WBE business owner (CEO/President) selected by popular vote from GWBC's constituency of women businesses and corporate members for retooling her business or adding a product or service that made a positive impact on the current environment.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Any GWBC® corporate member or GWBC® certified/reciprocal WBE may submit up to five (5) nominations for each award category.
  • Self-nominations are encouraged and accepted.
  • All nominees must be in good standing with their GWBC® corporate membership or WBENC certification.
All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2023.No exceptions will be made.

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The 2023 LACE Winners include:

  • Corporation of the Year - randstad
  • Advocate of the Year, Corporation - T.J. Lewis, Ally Financial
  • Buyer of the Year - Nino Campos, randstad
  • The Voice Award - UPS
  • Advocate of the Year, WBE - Sushumna Roy Jalajam, Softpath System LLC
  • Trailblazer Award -
  • Category I - Yaminah Childress, YANY Beauty
  • Category III - Moira Vetter, Modo Modo Agency
  • Category VII - Julie Haley, Edge Solutions LLC


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