The Washington Business Journal's sixth-annual Minority Business Leader Awards were held on March 21 at the Washington Hilton and honored several George Mason constituents. The program annually recognizes the Washington region's top 25 minority business leaders based on demonstrated business success over the past 12 to 18 months.
George Mason School of Business Dean Jorge Haddock, Masters in Technology alumna Ola Sage'99, and George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera were each award recipients. (Click here for photos from the event.)
Haddock joined the School of Business at George Mason University as dean in July 2009. He has raised $650,000 in gifts and pledges for the school that are being used for scholarships and student education improvements, and founded the Mason Student Venture Fund, which has raised $250,000 to date. Haddock has been integrally involved in working with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as a member of the Initial Accreditation Committee and actively participates in the review and feedback of applicants seeking AACSB accreditation. He is a member of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Sage '99 is president and chief executive officer of e-Management, a company which she founded in 1999. Named as one of "25 Powerful Minority Women in Business" by the Minority Enterprise Executive Council, Sage's leadership skills and unique approach to management have led to the success of e-Management as an award winning company which has received multiple notations on the Washington Technology Fast 50 list of ranked companies and by Inc. magazine. She has served on Mason's Technology Management Capstone Board for years.
Cabrera was named the sixth president of George Mason University in July. Prior to joining George Mason University, Cabrera served as the 11th president of Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, being designated President Emeritus in April 2012. In 2011 the Financial Times recognized him as one of the top 20 business school leaders in the world. Cabrera's expertise in international business and higher education has been recognized by top international organizations. The World Economic Forum named him a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" in 2002 and a "Young Global Leader" in 2005.
Nominations for the 2013 Minority Business Leader Awards were judged based on professional accomplishments, community leadership, philanthropy, as well as awards and milestones. Eligible minority groups included American Indian, Native of Alaska, Hawaii or Pacific Islands, Asian, African-American, Hispanic or Latino. Awards were selected by the Washington Business Journal and an independent panel of judges based on the nominations received.
In addition to receiving the award, honorees were also highlighted in the Washington Business Journal in a special issue on March 22. The online issue included individual videos of each honoree talking about their successes, interests, sources of inspiration and personal views.
Click each link below to learn more about these honorees: