Last week, three Sears Holdings associates were recognized by Diversity MBA at their 2014 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive and Emerging Leaders Award Gala for their tremendous leadership at SHC and in their communities. Diversity MBA is a leadership and management organization that works with leaders to foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Brian Jackson, Robert Mancilla and Charis Marquez were three of the 100 leaders selected out of 300 applicants to receive this award. Those honored were chosen based on their position within their companies, their scope of responsibilities and civic achievements.
“In our eighth year of celebrating the top 100 executives and emerging leaders, organizations continue to share their brightest talents with the marketplace. These leaders value excellence not only in their work, but also they value continuous learning as demonstrated by their pursuit of higher education,” said Pam McElvane, CEO and Publisher.
Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, healthcare organizations, educational institutions and non-profit agencies nominate top talent to compile a highly selective list from all industries.
Each SHC associate was asked to say a few words about their community involvement, this award and what the award means to them. Below are their responses:
Brian Jackson, Director, Regional Finance
“It’s an honor to be the Co-Chair of SHC’s African American Network (AAN). I consistently have the opportunity to interact with many individuals across various levels of SHC. The exposure gained is tremendous because it provides me with an opportunity to learn from others and better understand how my role as a Finance Director can impact the company. This award means a lot to me because it not only represents me but represents the contributions that the AAN has made to SHC. Getting involved in organizations in the company that are outside your daily job function is important. It’s a way to give back to the organization and work on skills to make you a better individual. Regardless of where you are in the organization, leadership is needed. Leadership is something that I’m very conscious about and the AAN has allowed me to improve this skill.”
Robert Mancilla, Legal Counsel
“I became involved in the company’s Latino Resource Group because I wanted to develop leaders and a team of engaged associates. Winning this award only pushes me to do more. Our company provides us with a number of opportunities and gives us the support we need to succeed.”
Charis Marquez, Director, Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard and Ecommerce
“I am passionate about helping people maximize their potential. From tutoring non-English speakers outside of work, to creating leadership opportunities within my Associate Resource Group, the ANN and mentoring associates, I love seeing people excel with my assistance. Earning this award means that maybe a small piece of what I love to do makes me a leader, and I attribute a lot of that to all of the amazing experiences that I have had at SHC.”