American Honda Motor Company’s (AHM) Office of Inclusion & Diversity was honored with the Warrior Award during the American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. The Warrior Award honors corporate partners of the chamber that support its activities and provide additional opportunities to help American Indian and Alaska Native-owned businesses thrive.
“Receiving the Warrior Award is a significant moment of recognition for American Honda and its long-standing partnership with the chamber,” said Laurie Kuecker, AHM procurement manager. “American Honda has supported the Chamber since 1996 as a member of their advisory council. This award is special because it’s the highest honor given to a corporate sponsor.”
HONDA’S OID PRESENTS NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS CLEMENTINE BORDEAUX, MARCUS BEAR EAGLE AND RENEE WHITE EYES WITH CHAMBER SCHOLARSHIPS.»
For the past 22 years, Honda has supported the chamber’s procurement expos. One event involves a two-and-a-half day event focused on building and linking businesses with procurement opportunities by providing speakers for their procurement panels. Honda also participates as a judge during the chamber’s Youth Expo, which draws approximately 140 attendees annually.
AMERICAN INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT TRACY STANHOFF (LEFT) AND OTHER CHAMBER MEMBERS PRESENT THE WARRIOR AWARD TO AMERICAN HONDA OFFICE OF INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY ASSOCIATES PAULINA SANCHEZ, SAMANTHA VARELA, LAURIE KUECKER AND BRIAN BUTTS.»
This year, Honda also contributed to three scholarships awarded to Native American students attending the University of California, Los Angeles. After receiving their scholarships, each student also shared their personal higher education journey with the luncheon attendees.
Native American Heritage Month is celebrated to recognize and observe the rich history and culture of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The Warrior Award, decorated with a Sun God Kachina, illustrates the meaning of the light from the sun powering growth in their businesses and people thereby nourishing the community’s needs.
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