KC Chamber grows region through diversity on April 9

Date: April 4, 2013

Contact: Pam Whiting, (816) 374-5481; e-mail whiting@kcchamber.com
Katie Erwin, (816) 374-5465; e-mail erwin@kcchamber.com

KC Chamber grows KC through diversity with Ace Awards and Multi-Cultural Networking Recipients to be honored April 30

The KC Chamber values and promotes diversity because it enhances the business community and the economic development of the region through: increasing regional and global business development; expanded educational opportunities; and creating a robust community infrastructure that encourages all the community members to make contributions using their special talents, expertise and knowledge. The KC Chamber offers several programs and partnerships to embrace and recognize diversity and inclusion measures that make our bi-state community a better place to live, work and do business, among those, the Ace Awards.

On Tuesday, April 30, the KC Chamber will honor this year’s Ace Award recipients. They are culturally diverse, mid-to senior-level managers, being recognized by their colleagues for outstanding achievement in their respective industries, inspiring and mentoring others, and making exceptional contributions to the success of their employers. The 2013 recipients are:

•Marvin Carolina, Jr. Vice President, Corporate Director of Diversity, JE Dunn Responsible for subcontracting program, which is 70 percent of the national company’s business, created and implemented JE Dunn’s Minority Contractor Business Program, now being replicated in 20 office locations across the country. Recognized for leadership, motivation, and building relationships. •Leo Prieto, Community Health Education Manager, Truman Medical Centers Instrumental in implementation of Touchdown Family Fest, a leading health and wellness fair in the Midwest, official advisor to the Mexican consulate on health, immigration, labor rights, economics and community development, increased community outreach market exposure by 439 percent over two years. Recognized for innovative leadership, efforts of unification, education and advocacy. •Kristi Ryujin, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity Initiatives, UMKC Chair of Pride Lecture Committee & Pride Scholarship Breakfast, coordinator of diversity trainings, Avanzando Mentoring program, and Women of Color Leadership Conference. Recognized for perseverance, fund development, application of diversity business model and programming. •Dr. Joseph Seabrooks, President, Metropolitan Community College, Penn Valley Campus Led efforts to consolidate enrollment management functions and the creation of a dual diploma program for high school students. Provided the vision that led to the design and development of the Malcolm T. Wilson Enrollment Center. Recognized for maximizing student resources, taking risks, creating opportunities, and building and sustaining an inclusive culture for Kansas City’s future workforce.

In addition to the awards presentation, there will be networking opportunities with members, officers and directors of the region’s minority chambers of commerce.

Cid Wilson will serve as keynote speaker, providing an inspirational story. He rose from the mailroom to a Forbes ranking as the #1 equity financial analyst in his specialty, championing diversity throughout his successful career. Wilson is a founding board member of Dominicans on Wall Street, and he sits on a number of other national corporate and non-profit boards, including the Ethnic Advisory Board for PepsiCo Inc., the Consumer Advisory Board for Verizon Communications, and the National Council of La Raza. Wilson is a “Gold Life Member” of the NAACP and was appointed to the National Museum of the American Latino Study Commission by President Obama.

KCTV5’s Kelly Jones, from the Better Kansas City morning show, will serve as event host.

What: 2013 Ace Awards and Multi-Cultural Business Reception

When: April 30, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: The Board Room at Union Station (next to Pierpont’s) 30 West Pershing Rd., KCMO 64108

This event is sponsored by UMB Financial Corporation, Burns & McDonnell, Lathrop & Gage, Missouri Bank, Sprint, and UMKC.

Advance registration is $35 for KC Chamber members and $50 for non-members. A block of 10 tickets is available to members for $300, or $450 for non-members.

For more information about the Ace Awards and Multi-Cultural Business Reception, visit www.kcchamber.com.

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