Winners (from left) Mark Sabljak, journalist, Erickajoy Daniels, Aurora Health Care, Deirdre Drake, BMO Harris Bank, Sarah Smith Pancheri, Milwaukee World Festival, Genyne Edwards, P3 Development Group, Judge Derek Mosley, City of Milwaukee Municipal Court Judge
October 25, 2016
“Add diversity to your blueprint” was the theme of the night at the Driver of Diversity Awards reception on Saturday, October 15. More than 200 people gathered for the annual event which honored six local individuals and corporations making a positive impact in Milwaukee.
The awards, presented by ONE MKE and United Way’s Diversity Leadership Society, highlights individuals and corporations who make outstanding contributions to diversity in Greater Milwaukee.
The 2016 winners included:
- BMO Harris Bank, Company of The Year
- Genyne Edwards, JD, P3 Development Group, Entrepreneur of The Year
- Judge Derek Mosley, City of Milwaukee Municipal Court, Professional of The Year
- Dr. Nick Turkal, Aurora Health Care, Executive of The Year
- Milwaukee World Festival, Corporate Board of the Year
- Mark Sabljak, Milwaukee Business Journal, Retired, Legends Award
Each winner challenged the audience to drive diversity within their own sphere of influence.
Judge Derek Mosely shared what the recognition meant to him and why it’s important to live in a community where diversity and inclusion are valued. “Whether it's my professional or personal life, diversity and inclusion are guiding factors, and to be recognized for them by your peers is so fulfilling and rewarding,” said Derek.
Another big highlight of the night was United Way’s announcement of a newly-created position within its organization. Shannon Reed is the new Director of Innovative Strategies for Boys and Men of Color. Reed will be responsible for expanding United Way’s partnership with community-based organizations, law enforcement, education, and health system leaders to collectively address and close the gaps on critical issues boys and men of color face such as poverty and financial hardships. Before accepting this new role, Reed was the manager of 27 programs within 24 agency program partners in United Way’s Financial Stability Portfolio.
The Driver of Diversity Awards event was sponsored by Johnson Controls.
View the Facebook album from the awards celebration on October 15, 2016.
Learn more about United Way’s Diversity Leadership Society.