Two Sears Holdings associates were recently recognized by Diversity MBA at its 2015 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive and Emerging Leaders Award Gala for their tremendous impact on leadership at SHC and their communities. Diversity MBA is a leadership and management organization that works with leaders to foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Marsha Castro-Smith and Latoya Connors Gray were two 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.
“These 100 mover and shakers were chosen in a highly selective process from all industries. We are pleased that these companies and organizations have taken a strategic leadership role in the workplace to recognize and promote these leaders for their achievements in the workplace and community,” 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. Here’s what they shared:
Marsha Castro-Smith, Project Manager, Retail Services
“I’m passionate about my community and Ieading the Latino Resource Group as the Chair at SHC. This role affords me the opportunity to focus the group’s efforts to serve as a resource that helps attract and retain Latino talent, improve the Latino community through engagement and add value to marketplace stakeholders from a Latino perspective to better serve our members. It’s valuable to me to have the opportunity to speak to our members’ needs and provide what they are looking for each and every time they visit a store or shop online. I am both humbled and honored to receive the Diversity MBA Top 100 under 50 award. I will continue to provide my leadership to both SHC and the Associate Network Groups here at SHC.”
Latoya Connors Gray, Senior Director, Technology and Operations
“It is an honor and a profound responsibility to represent SHC as an award recipient for the Diversity MBA Top 100 under 50. It is also an honor to chair SHC’s African American Network (AAN). In my role as senior director of technology, I am passionate about driving the strategy behind the solutions that drive our business. I also enjoy being a mentor to others and helping them find their voice. When you look at the future of diversity in America, it is important that people of diverse background are able to find their place in corporate America. Diversity is about so much more than the color of one’s skin or ethnicity. Diversity and inclusion are about ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table and that their viewpoints are taken into consideration and their voices are encouraged. As an award recipient and a leader, I will continue to drive these efforts at SHC and through my other philanthropic involvement.”