In honor of Benaree “Bennie” Pratt Wiley, The Bennie Wiley CEO Diversity Award recognizes a deserving CEO in Massachusetts who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in diversity and inclusion. The CEO’s organization and its diversity strategy and results contribute significantly to the economic competitiveness of the region.
Jay Hooley, was awarded the inaugural Bennie Wiley CEO Diversity Award, as he has strategically championed diversity at State Street, enabling inclusion to be a critical component of the company’s global business success. With an accountable approach to diversity, State Street measures progress on diversity and inclusion as a key component of the company’s annual performance reviews for all managers. In addition, State Street Global Advisors commissioned the “Fearless Girl” statue, to draw attention to the importance of having greater gender diversity on corporate boards and in company leadership positions. As a global employer and one of the largest employers in Massachusetts, State Street is building a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that ensures these values are essential to the company’s corporate identity.
The Partnership is proud to have a CEO Diversity award in honor of its past President and CEO Bennie Wiley who brought the organization to prominence. “For decades, Bennie has made remarkable contributions to advance the number of executives and professionals of color in the Commonwealth and well beyond,” said Ralph C. Martin II, Chairman of the Board of The Partnership and SVP & General Counsel, Northeastern University. “She has an exceptional national reputation as a strategic adviser in the areas of diversity, leadership development and civic engagement, and we are so pleased to establish this annual award in honor of her extraordinary accomplishments and selfless work throughout the years.”
“As The Partnership commemorates our 30th Anniversary, it is critical that we recognize those visionary leaders who established this organization and enabled it to make tremendous impact in our region. There is no one more deserving than longtime President & CEO Bennie Wiley. This award named in her honor will also enable us to continue to advance the diversity discussion at the highest level of our business community,” said Carol Fulp, President & CEO of The Partnership.
During her 15 years serving as president and CEO, Wiley led The Partnership to become a major force in corporate Massachusetts, increasing the number of professionals of color at every level of organizations. She expanded The Partnership’s mission and portfolio of services, developing more than 1,300 multiculturals and propelling more than 200 corporate partners to advance diversity.
“Bennie has played a tremendous role in championing diversity and inclusion within Boston’s business community,” said Hooley. “She has shown that commitment starts from the top. Fostering an inclusive environment and ensuring that diverse perspectives are heard and honored is critical not only for our community but also for our businesses.”
Nominations are now being accepted for the Bennie Wiley CEO Diversity Award through October 3, 2017. To apply for the award, companies are asked to complete an online application outlining clear and measurable examples of how diversity has advanced within the organization including, but not limited to, the following eight criteria:
1. Overall Diversity Strategy
2. Board Diversity
3. Senior Executive Leadership
4. Recruitment and Retention
5. Diversity Training and Leadership Development
6. Culturally Inclusive Workplace
7. Supplier Inclusion
8. Community Engagement
The award will be presented at The Partnership Annual Meeting and Class Culmination on December 12, 2017 in Boston. The selected company CEO is asked to be present to accept the award. In addition, the awarded CEO is asked to engage in an on-stage conversation with Partnership Chairman Ralph C. Martin II discussing the success of their company’s diversity strategy.