GMSDC Celebrates 36th Annual Spirit of Alliance Awards

Celebrating minority owned and diverse suppliers various businesses, corporations and enterprises 'owned their moment'

The Georgia Minority Supplier Diversity Council (GMSDC) celebrated its 36th anniversary with the Spirit of Alliance Awards Gala. The gala sought to recognize successful minority and women-owned businesses, many of which have revenues grossing from $1 million to over a $100 million annually. GMSDC beautifully celebrated the corporations, Minority Business Enterprises, and Supplier Diversity professionals as they gathered to Own the Moment, this year’s theme. The National Minority Supplier Diversity Council’s (NMSDC) newest President, Adrienne Trimble attended the gala announcing the national conference will take place in Atlanta next year!

Many inspirational and encouraging leaders spoke to a black-tie audience, expounding on the importance of diversity and what it offers to business, corporations and our growth as a community.  Hosted by Channel 2 Action News’, Wendy Corona— this year’s first award recipient set the tone for the evening.

This year’s Blue Legend Award Honoree was Varinee Sangmalee, President of the Thai American Chamber of Commerce. GMSDC recognizes the Blue Legend Award receipt as someone who is a Georgia resident with a lifelong legacy of leadership and advocacy on behalf of minority business development and inclusive procurement.

Joining the likes of Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Young, and former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed— Sangmalee champions diversity and inclusion, joining and spearheading many programs, initiatives, and organizations.

Georgia Power, The Coca-Cola Company, AT&T, and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport are just a few of the corporations that pride themselves on providing business opportunities to minority and women-owned businesses through their Supplier Diversity Programs. These corporations have aligned themselves with GMSDC, whom serves as the certifying entity and advocate for ensuring minority and women-owned businesses have a seat at the table with some of the nation’s Fortune 1000 companies.

President and CEO of GMSDC, Stacey Key, was pleasantly surprised by current and former employees who came to celebrate her 10-year anniversary as their leading lady. This year’s national conference will be held this month in Austin, Texas. This, however, didn’t stop Key from ensuring the GMSDC family that next years national conference in Atlanta will be the best yet!

After many laughs, great food and a surprise performance from R&B singer, Howard Hewitt the Spirit of Alliance Awards celebrated what business and community should look like.



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