Global hospitality company Hilton has won the Most Distinguished Corporation for Diversity Award from the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC).
The winner was announced during USPAACC’s 33rd Anniversary flagship CelebrAsian Procurement & Business Conference – the country’s largest and most established B2B conference convened by Pan Asian Americans – held May 29 to June 1, 2018 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Award was presented by PepsiCo Chairman & CEO Indra Nooyi, who also served as Conference Chair, and USPAACC National President & CEO Susan Au Allen, at the Excellence Awards Dinner on May 30.
The Most Distinguished Corporation for Diversity Award recognizes the corporation’s influential leadership and sustained commitment that bring true value to the increasingly diverse America through outreach, hiring, education and utilization of Pan Asian American suppliers, and the positive impact they have brought to the Pan Asian American community.
Anu Saxena, SVP Hilton Supply Management, Hilton accepted the award at the conference.
“Hilton is truly deserving of this award because of its demonstrated long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion over a variety of fronts,” said USPAACC’s Allen. “A diverse and inclusive workplace fosters creativity and innovation, increases competition and opens doors for diverse businesses to become a significant part of an ecosystem that drives business growth in the increasingly seamless global marketplace.”
The Dinner was attended by CEOs, CPOs, CTOs, CIOs, Presidents, Directors, procurement and marketing managers, buyers, industry leaders and key decision-makers from Fortune 1000 Corporations, government agencies, large nonprofits, and top-caliber Asian American suppliers, successful business owners, and other VIP guests including the diplomatic corps.
As the country’s largest and most established B2B conference convened by Pan Asian Americans, CelebrAsian is the nation’s premier venue for procurement and other business opportunities, innovation, and job creation for the more than 2 million Pan Asian American-owned businesses nationwide. Their annual revenue surpasses $700 billion and continues to grow.
Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities. For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.
Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.
Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.
Businesses can be nominated or apply for the innovative national award program that recognizes the robust growth of 100 leading Asian American-owned businesses“We celebrate the fastest-growing difference makers, risk takers, and boundary breakers powering America’s economy,” says USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen
SD Champions provides tools to nurture corporate, government, and large nonprofit supplier diversity programs, while also encouraging and supporting the certification and development of the small and diverse businesses that make these programs a reality.
The SD Champions program advanced by USPAACC represents a purposeful shift away from awards solely based on a corporation's ability to spend and moves toward a new emphasis that encourages transparency, innovation, inclusion, impact on the community, and integration in supplier diversity programs.