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Murray Schooner Lifetime Achievement Award.

The ASDP award is named after Murray Schooner, the former Supplier Diversity Manager at Unisys who, for over 30 years, promoted and lived by the ideals upon which this award is based. Upon retirement, Murray continued his body of work in small business by becoming an advocate for Veteran- and Service Disabled Veteran-owned businesses, working for Vetrepreneur Magazine and the National Veteran-Owned Business Association. Murray passed away in 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer and is remembered fondly by all of us as a mentor and leader in the field of Supplier Diversity.

Criteria for the Murray Schooner Lifetime Achievement Award.

The nominee should have demonstrated a lifelong body of work as a Supplier Diversity Professional that has led to increased business opportunities for Small Businesses of all categories: Small, Small Disadvantaged, Woman-Owned, HUBZone, Veteran-Owned and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned as well as Historically Black Colleges or Universities and Minority Institutions.

The nominee should have demonstrated an active role in local, state, and federal government to promote small business opportunities. Examples include participating and organizing conferences on their behalf and providing guidance and counseling at these events.

The nominee should have received recognition in their community as a Supplier Diversity leader and advocate.
The nominee should have been instrumental and recognized as a mentor to individuals entering the Supplier Diversity field by promoting education and training to enable these individuals to achieve career success.
The nominee should have demonstrated a commitment to the ideals of honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct in all of their business dealings.
The nominee should have served in a Supplier Diversity Professional or advisory position for a minimum of fifteen (15) years or more.
The nominee should have published Supplier Diversity-related articles in industry journals, magazines, or other publications.

To submit a nomination for the Murray Schooner Lifetime Achievement Award, please provide a description of how the nominee has met the above criteria.  Send this information to ASDP board members.

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“This training is excellent for attendees of all levels. The instructors are excellent and committed to the small business cause, as are each of the attendees.”

“This class will give you the background and tools needed to build your Supplier Diversity Program within your organization. It is a must-have for new and experienced Small Business Liaison Officers to not only gain the information needed to succeed as a professional but to meet others and network along the way.”

“This was one of the best professional training programs I have taken. Thorough, engaging and relevant!”

“I am the VP of Supply Chain for a company that builds automation and tooling for aerospace. We recently went from being a small business to being classified as large overnight. In order to satisfy the flow down requirements of our customers, we needed to get training on how to properly establish this protocol within our organization. This class was very helpful in getting us on the way.”

“I am so thankful my organization values our Small Business Diversity program and encouraged us to take this course! I could not have asked for a better learning experience! I have been a designated Small Business Liaison Officer for seven years now and there was a great mix of refresher material and new material that I don't deal with all of the time; plus, they highlighted new and upcoming changes! Best 2 1/2 days of training!!!”

“This is the most extensive, beneficial training I have attended to date as it pertains to my role as Small Business Liaison Officer. So glad I found ASDP!!”

“If you are a newly assigned Small Business Liaison Officer, or have been mandated to fulfill the Small Business Liaison Officer role, then this course is for you. The Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professionals offers the tools to increase your confidence in your new role. They also offer networking opportunities so that you can communicate with other people in your industry and never feel alone. Spread the word. ASDP’s guide to program excellence is a must for all Small Business Liaison Officers.”

“The overall training was excellent, including the energy level and knowledge of the instructors. I learned a lot from the training.”

“The ASDP training was intense and provided an in-depth explanation of rules and regulations that must be abided by. It gave us opportunities to network with other professionals, providing a strong connection to others in similar careers. I thoroughly enjoyed the class!”

“My 4th time re-certifying. I always learn something new. The trainers are great and the subjects pertinent and well presented. Great networking options, as well.”

“The classroom instruction fostered focus on the material and dialog with other students. In-depth discussions and problem solving while in a group setting was very stimulating. The instructors were seasoned practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The bonus was developing a larger peer group of small business advocates that understand the challenges and rewards of supplier diversity.”

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Past Murray Schooner Lifetime Achievement Award Winners.

Ken HilderbrandLockheed Martin

Phyllis GrantLockheed Martin

Debbie MelvinThe Boeing Company

Gloria PualaniNorthrop Grumman

Marion NimonUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Janice BufflerOffice of the Secretary of Defense

Diane DempseyBAE Systems

Ludmilla Parnell –  GDIT