Neddy Perez receives honor from National Hispanic Business Group
New York, NY – Nereida “Neddy” Perez, Ingersoll Rand’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, was honored as 2014 Hispanic Corporate Leader by the National Hispanic Business Group (NHBG) at the nonprofit’s twenty-ninth annual gala and awards presentation held at the Cipriani Club in New York City in July.
“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,” said Ruth Alicia Sandoval, president of NHBG, in a letter to Ingersoll Rand chairman and CEO Michael W. Lamach, announcing the award.
“She has created and implemented a number of initiatives designed to remove corporate cultural barriers that prevent the advancement of women and underrepresented groups,” Sandoval said.
In addition to Perez, AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson was honored for corporate leadership, and Placido Domingo, singer, conductor and philanthropist, received 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.
Over the past ten years, Perez has contributed to the development of organizations including 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 women, veteran and minority-owned businesses and increase their opportunities to do business with major corporations. Perez was instrumental in the creation of the first supplier diversity conference in the energy sector in New York, and created supplier diversity initiatives at KPMG, National Grid and Ingersoll Rand.
Perez joined Ingersoll Rand in 2011. Under her leadership, the company has made significant strides in its efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse working environment.
Founded in 1985, NHBG is an advocate for the Hispanic business community.