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Corporate Spotlight: America’s Top Corporations This year 45 corporations were named to the list of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises. The following series highlights these organizations’ programs and their efforts to advance the development of women’s businesses. This month we find out more about the programs at Marriott, Macy'’s' , and Lockheed Martin, all first-time awardees. Over the coming months we will hear from all of the 2013 Top Corporations. Q. In considering your strategy and work in women’s business development and growth, what program or initiative are you most proud of?

Marriott Overall, we are proud of the tremendous strides our Global Supplier Diversity program has made since its inception in 1997. Specifically, we are proud of the number of Women-Business Enterprises (WBEs) that we have been able to engage, support, develop, and partner with to over the past 2+ decades. We are also proud of our recent commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, where in partnership with over 20 global corporations and organizations, we have committed to collectively spend at least $1.5 billion with and mentor/develop at least 15,000 women owned businesses outside of the United States over the next 5 years.

Macy’s We are very proud of our overall commitment to growing business relationships with women owned businesses and in particular, The Workshop at Macy’s, which focuses on the development of retail vendors. Several of our executives are members of an internal Employee Resource Group known as Women at Macy’s (WAM), 100 Wise Women Network, and Bad Girls Ventures (BGV). We also support multiple causes that are especially important to women. Macy’s donated more than $30 Million towards Thanks For Sharing; Shop For A Cause, Reading Is Fundamental, Go Red For Women and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin is proud to have received the 2014 Catalyst Award, the first aerospace and defense firm to ever receive the honor. Our winning initiative, Women Accelerating Tomorrow, encompasses a variety of programs, processes and tools to support women’s advancement as part of a strategic effort to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent in a highly technical and engineering-focused industry.

WBENC President's Report July/August 2014