Gene Waddy Receives “Leader of the Future Award”

by DIVERSANT on May 5, 2017

For Immediate Release, Press Contact: Teena Touch , (212) 944-2430 x127

National Minority Supplier Development Council Honors Leaders in Supply Chain Diversity on May 17th

Gene Waddy, CEO of Diversant, Among Honorees at Black-Tie Gala Event at New York Hilton’s Grand Ballroom

On Wednesday, May 17th, the 2017 National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Awards will recognize the dynamic corporate executives, minority business owners and NMSDC affiliate council presidents for outstanding leadership that has a positive impact on their companies and resonates throughout the NMSDC network. The black-tie gala event at the New York Hilton will begin at 6:30pm, will include dinner and a ceremony to present the honorees, with the festivities wrapping up at 10pm.

According to President Joset Wright-Lacy of NMSDC, “As we head into our 45th year of developing business opportunities for minority companies, we are very focused on finding new and meaningful ways to engage our members in our overall mission. Doing business with minority-owned companies is good for America, as these MBEs contribute over 1 billion dollars to the US economy per day. We’re honored to be part of this substantial progress for minority business leaders.”

The Leader for the Future Award is presented to Gene Waddy, CEO at Diversant. This individual believes in the power of collaboration or co-creation to drive success.  They commit their time, energy and financial resources to ensure the inclusion of MBEs in corporate business opportunities.

NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to a network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain.

The Corporate Co-Chairs for the 2017 Leadership Awards are Toyota and MetLife, the Corporate Plus Co-Chair is World Wide Technology and the MBE Co-Chair is Technology Concepts Group International. Northrup Grumman is the VIP reception sponsor. Black Enterprise is the media partner for the event.


Founded in 2005, DIVERSANT, LLC ( is the largest African-American owned IT staffing firm in the United States partnering with Fortune 500 and mid-market companies. DIVERSANT offers a wide range of services including staff augmentation, direct-hire, payroll services, and innovative diversity programs. With 12 office locations and 1,300 IT professionals supporting clients in 46 states, we are successful in servicing key business sectors including banking and financial services, telecommunications, energy, and insurance to name a few.