The Beacon Awards

Established in 2006 under the auspices of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and the YaYa Network, the Beacon Awards quickly became the premiere annual event for recognizing the impact and importance of diversity in the Central Florida workplace.

The Beacon Awards was an event that was held every year. From the minds of key thought leaders, The Beacon Networked was created to further Diversity & Inclusion promotion to the Central Florida community.

The Beacon Awards are occurred from 2006-2010. On this page you will be able to view the award winners from each year. The Beacon Awards have been adopted into a segment of the Annual Champions of Change Luncheon.

Mary Ann Goloversic Luminary Award: Alan H. Ginsburg

Large Business: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida

Medium Business: Carlton FieldsSmall BusinessA&P International

Nonprofit: The Center for Drug Free Living

Government: University of Central Florida

Diversity Champion Individual: Sister Ann Kendrick

Diversity Champion Organization: Asian American Chamber

Minority Supplier Advocate: Orlando Health



Mary Ann Goloversic Luminary Award: Val Demings – Orlando Police Chief & Jerry Demings – Orange County Sheriff

Nonprofit Advocate: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando

Corporate Advocate: Barton Malow

Individual Advocate: Harris RosenUp-and-ComerZoraida Velasco, Future Minority Leaders

Large Company: Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Medium-Size Company: Siemens Energy

Small Company: Web Ahoy

Membership Organization:  Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission

Private Foundation: Disney Entrepreneur Center

Service Organization: Quest


Large Business: Universal Studios Florida

Medium Business: Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Small Business: Peninsula Metal Finishing

Corporate Advocate: Walt Disney World

Individual Advocate: Malik Ali, Florida Minority Supplier Development Council

Nonprofit: Center for Drug-Free Living

Government Agency: City of Orlando

Large Business: UPS – United Parcel Servicer

Medium Business: Fifth Third Bank

Small Business: International Training & Development

Individual Advocate: Rich Morrison, Florida Hospital

Corporate Advocate: Florida Hospital

Large Business: Lockheed Martin

Medium Business: WELBRO Building Corp.

Small Business: Bryan Crews & Associates, P.A.

Individual Advocate: Al Sandoval, Office Depot

Corporate Advocate: WKMG-TV Local 6

Nonprofit: Orange County Regional History Center