Michael Kaye, The Business Coach, was recently nominated for a Rosoff Award for his External Diversity Initiative.
Michael was nominated by Janet Santa Ana, President of The Resource Connection
The Rosoff Awards, are presented by theAd Club. They are New England's premier Diversity awards, created to recognize companies that have meaningful diversity, mentoring and inclusion programs.
Michael was nominated for his original initiative that was created to advance social change. His six year initiative, started in 2005 and still continues today. This initiative is focused on contributing to the education, advancement and success of Minority and Women business people.
This initiative started in 2005 when Michael became a Board Member of the Affirmative Market Program, Business Advisory Board, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is a voluntary board position.
Michael started this project by first interviewing women and minorities in the Commonwealth to learn what they needed to succeed in business and what possible obstacles were in their path to success. These minority and women business people told Michael that they needed a chance to prove themselves. They also needed more doors to be opened. Michael also saw that these minority and women business people, like all business people, needed additional training, education, motivation and inspiration.
Michael named this initiative, “We Found Excellence”, because his goal was to show, teach, motivate and inspire these women and minority business people that they can be Excellent. He has created courses, workshops and printed materials including course papers, a book and other publications
Michael started teaching the course, :Marketing to State Entities", for the Affirmative Market Program. He continues to teach this course, although this is now under the Supplier Diversity Office, since the Affirmative Market Program and SOMWBA are now the Supplier Diversity Office for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Michael is a volunteer board member of the Supplier Diversity Program Business Advisory Board.
The Goals of this initiative:
The short term goal was to help educate minority and women businesses that were attending the Affirmative Market Program workshops. These workshops were attended by 50 to 70 people. Michael then saw, in these people’s eyes, how he was helping them and this motivated him to grow the initiative. Michael spoke to groups across the Commonwealth including the Chamber of Commerce, The Urban College, Action for Boston Community Development along with several others. Sometimes these would be small groups of one or two people and other times 400 people at The State House, Great Hall of Flags.
Michael's long term goal is to combine the tagline of the Supplier Diversity Program, “Opening Doors & Creating Opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses” along with a statement that Ron Marlow, Assistant Secretary for Access and Opportunity, wrote that says, “Equity of opportunity is not the enemy of efficiency, it is the promise of democratic governance”. Both of these statements are in his book, “We Found Excellence”. By combining these two statements, Michael's long term goal is that, “All doors will be open to all people, so that there is a level playing field. Minority and women business people will have the education, training, motivation and inspiration to make their dreams come true. And finally, the Equity of Opportunity will create jobs, opportunities and reinforce our democratic society. The world will be a better place.
To Ensure Growth and Development:
Tools have been developed including the hand outs that have been developed and given to attendees at Michael's workshops. Michael has also written three publications during this project. One of these publications is a perfect bound book "We Found Excellence", This book goes in depth to teach, inspire, motivate and show how minority and women business people have gone through doors that were formerly closed, overcame obstacles and succeeded in their dream of having their own business. This book also has a section, lessons learned that summarizes the key points needed to succeed. People: The people that are highlighted in the book, the people that have attended the workshops and presentations and all of the people that have been touch by this initiative in some way have become advocates of this initiative. One of the 10 lessons learned in this book is how the people involved in these companies have given back to their communities. This lesson of giving continues to grow this initiative every day. Michael is also committed to continuing this initiative and will continue its growth and development.
Minority and women business people were inspired when they attended Michael's workshops and presentations. The feedback was tremendous. This is what led to the growth of this initiative.
Individuals that have read "We Found Excellence" have been encouraged to start their own businesses.
People have improved their businesses from the lessons learned from this book and Michael's presentations.
People have learned not to give up in these tough economic times. There are motivational says at the beginning of each case study. The case studies themselves are also very motivational.
This project has and will continue to create jobs in the minority and women business communities.
And finally, in 2005 Statewide spending with minority and women businesses was $391,672,667.00, as per the Annual Report of The Affirmative Market Program, fiscal year 2005.
In 2010 Statewide spending with minority and women businesses was $757,117,964.00 as per the Annual Report of the Supplier Diversity Program, formerly The Affirmative Market Program, fiscal year 2010.
This is an increase in spending of $365 Million Dollars with minority and women business entrepreneurs from 2005 to 2010.
This tremendous increase in spending was the result of many many many initiatives and actions of numerous people. But we know that this initiative "We Found Excellence" , has contributed to some degree to the success of the program and this $365 Million Dollar increase in spending with minority and women businesses.
Michael continues to volunteer his time as a Board Member on the Supplier Diversity Program, Business Advisory Board, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
I applaud Michael's effort to chronicle entrepreneurial stories in the book on "Excellence". The case studies in all their rich diversity inspire us to continue down a challenging ' path rarely chosen'.
Kelley C. Chunn, Principal Kelley Chunn and Associates Providing Culturally Smart Strategies to Promote Social Change
We Found Excellence, when we found Mike... From the moment Mike called me and came to my office, his passion on the subject of his book, "We Found Excellence" was obvious. Mike wanted everyone he met to tell how they succeeded and what obstacles they encountered along the way in order to help other Minority and Women businesses. I think Mike makes that clear when he highlights all of these case studies and the stories, along with expressing just how important contract opportunities are with The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State's Affirmative Market Programs.
Thank you for your passion, leadership and dedication to the M/WBE's as well as the small business sector that is the soul of our Country, especially in creating jobs.
Mike, you deserve the "Rosoff Diversity Award" hands down.
Loretta T. DeGrazia, President and CEO East Coast Petroleum Corp. Stoughton, MA