The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) has selected MGM Resorts International as one of 66 America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises award winners for 2023. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, MGM Resorts is one of only four honorees in the Travel & Hospitality and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation category and the only gaming company to be recognized. The other recipients in this category include Hilton, Marriott International, and The Walt Disney Company.
“America’s Top Corporations set the standard for leadership in corporate supplier diversity programs and supply chains, as well as in development and support for women-owned businesses. Top Corporations are valued partners in our now 26-year strong WBENC commitment to providing essential growth and opportunities to women entrepreneurs and business owners,” says Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of WBENC, the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States.
WBENC also is the only national recognition honoring corporations for world-class supplier diversity programs that reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses. The awards will be presented to 66 winners from across seven industry clusters at the WBENC National Conference taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. More than 4,000 entrepreneurs and corporate business leaders are expected to attend the March 20-23 gathering. Next year’s conference will be March 19-22 in Denver, Colorado.
To be considered for America’s Top Corporations, recognition, outreach, and engagement is considered, such as providing support for successful onboarding and retention of women’s business enterprises (WBE) for supply chain business needs and helping develop future WBEs. The award’s model also assesses organization accountability with executive leadership and line-of-business decision makers and foundational concepts of supplier diversity, including overall program structure, contracting, and reporting.
MGM Resorts has spent $4.6 billion with diverse-owned suppliers since 2001 and has graduated 67 suppliers from its Supplier Diversity Mentorship Program, with a goal to graduate 150 suppliers by 2025.