Nereida “Neddy” Perez, Ingersoll Rand’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, was honored as Hispanic Corporate Leader by the National Hispanic Business Group (NHBG), at the nonprofit’s 29th Annual Gala & Awards Presentation held at the Cipriani Club in New York City on Thursday, July 17.
“Neddy has long been recognized in the national diversity community as an outstanding corporate leader and it is our honor to be able to recognize her for her great contributions,” wrote Ruth Alicia Sandoval, president NHBG, to Ingersoll Rand Chairman and CEO Michael W. Lamach. She has created and implemented a number of initiatives designed to remove corporate cultural barriers that prevent the advancement of women and under-represented groups, Sandoval said.
In Good Company
In addition to Perez, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson was honored for corporate leadership and Placido Domingo, singer, conductor and philanthropist, received the NHBG’s Legacy Award.
“It was a humbling experience and honor to be selected from among several Hispanic Corporate leaders, as well as share the space with two amazing diversity champions like Maestro Domingo and Mr. Stephenson,” Perez said.
A Decade of Support in Advancing Diversity
Over the past ten years, Perez has contributed to the development of organizations such as STEMConnector, which promotes cross-collaboration among 100-plus companies, nonprofits, government agencies and corporations on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiatives. She has worked to increase the talent pipeline of women and minorities in the finance, oil and energy sectors through organizations such as the National Utilities Diversity Council, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting and Ascend, one of Ingersoll Rand’s corporate nonprofit partners for recruiting.
Perez also has served on a number of committees and advisory boards designed to promote the growth of and use of women, veteran and minority-owned businesses. Perez was instrumental in the creation of the first supplier diversity conference in the energy sector in New York, as well as creating the supplier diversity initiatives at KPMG, National Grid and Ingersoll Rand.
Significant Strides toward Creating a Winning Culture
Perez joined Ingersoll Rand in 2011, and under her leadership the company has made significant strides in its efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse working environment. One example is the launching of the Women's Leadership Development Program in Europe, which has resulted in 100 percent retention and 70 percent promotion of candidates who completed the program. Another is an eight-point increase in Employee Engagement scores in the company’s most recent all-employee survey.
Ingersoll Rand’s diversity and inclusion efforts support the company’s strategy to create a Winning Culture, which, along with Operational Excellence and Growth Excellence, is a key element in achieving the company’s goal of achieving Premier Performance.
NHBG Advocates for Hispanic Business Community
Founded in 1985, the NHBG is a strong advocate for the Hispanic business community, strategically fostering dialogue and economic exchange while supporting social change and community empowerment. Since 1993, its education fund has provided more than a quarter million dollars in scholarships to assist Hispanic students in obtaining a business degree.