The Executive Leadership Foundation Announces Honorees for Annual Awards Gala


September 14th, 2015


The Executive Leadership Foundation (ELF) announced today honorees for its 2015 Recognition Gala celebrating individuals and corporations for their support of diversity, inclusion and achievement in business. The ELF’s 2015 honorees include The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States, Merck Chairman & CEO Kenneth C. Frazier, and Caterpillar Inc. The ELF will pay tribute to this year’s honorees during an awards ceremony on October 8th at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, MD.

The ELF is the charitable arm of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the pre-eminent membership organization comprised of C-Suite and senior level black executives, board directors of Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, and entrepreneurs from top-tier entrepreneur firms, committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises.

Mr. Holder will be presented with the Global Game Changer Award for his remarkable career in public service. He is the third longest serving attorney general in U.S. history and the first African American to hold the office. Mr. Frazier will receive the Achievement Award that honors his accomplishments as head of one of the largest biopharmaceutical companies in the world. He is one of only six black CEOs currently heading the nation’s largest corporations (Fortune 500) out of only 15 total who have ever held that position. Caterpillar Inc. will be presented with the Corporate Award given to a corporation that has made significant contributions to the advancement of black corporate executives.

More than 2,000 guests, including many of corporate America’s leading CEOs and senior executives, thought leaders and politicos, will gather to celebrate this year’s honorees. Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier will co-host the black-tie affair alongside actress Nicole Ari Parker, co-host of the new daytime talk show “Boris and Nicole.” Monies raised from the Gala each year are used to fund The ELF’s philanthropic efforts.

“We are proud to honor the accomplishments of exceptional companies and individuals who represent Black executive leadership at the highest level,” says Ronald C. Parker, President and CEO, The Executive Leadership Council. “Our honorees have paved the way for future generations of global black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and the global communities in which they serve.”

“The Power of One” theme of the 2015 Gala symbolizes The ELF’s commitment to developing future global black leaders. At this year’s event, ELF will mark the 5th Year Anniversary of its Community Impact Initiative, which provides financial contributions to select organizations and partners with them to improve the educational outcomes of black students, thereby developing an inclusive leadership pipeline of future black business leaders. To date, the Community Impact Initiative has contributed approximately $1.7 million to select nonprofits.

The Gala will also highlight the Foundation’s scholarship programs that have reached 10,500 undergraduate and graduate students through The ELF’s leadership development programs and educational initiatives.

During Gala Week, The ELC’s Institute for Leadership Development & Research will host the Mid-Level Managers' Symposium (MLMS), a two-day professional development seminar for aspiring managers and executives to learn and network.

Sponsors of The ELF’s 2015 Recognition Gala include: Lead Sponsor, Cisco; Supporting Sponsors, Prudential and Shell Oil; and Contributing Sponsors, AARP and Nationwide. PepsiCo and Target are Co-Lead Sponsors of this year’s MLMS.



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