TAMPA, Fla.Moffitt Cancer Center’s commitment to diversity, specifically in minority business development, was recognized during the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) Awards in Orlando on Sept. 29. Desiree Hanson, manager of Supplier Diversity at Moffitt, was named the Advocate of the Year and Moffitt was nominated as Corporation of the Year.

“I am extremely honored to receive the council’s Advocate of the Year award,” Hanson said. “This recognition would not be possible without the overwhelming support and commitment to Supplier Diversity by senior leadership, department stakeholders and all team members at the cancer center.

“Special thanks to Dr. Alan List, Jack Kolosky, Dr. B. Lee Green, Cathy Grant, Jennifer Greenman, John McFarland, Amilcar Blake, John Allgeier, and the Supplier Diversity Steering Committee for their continued support and commitment to ensure that, as an institution, we continue to engage diverse businesses in our procurement opportunities and continue to make an economic impact in the communities we serve.”

The advocate award recognizes Hanson’s contributions to minority business development and her visibility in the business community.

“Desiree’s ongoing commitment to supplier diversity is well-known at Moffitt Cancer Center and throughout the state, and I’m delighted that she received this much-deserved recognition,” said B. Lee Green, Ph.D., vice president for Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications. “We are always proud to be recognized for our ongoing initiatives and efforts with regards to diversity and inclusion.”

The 42nd Annual Awards Gala was held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The gala is the council’s signature event that recognizes the achievements of Florida’s minority-owned businesses, dynamic industry leaders and major corporations that are committed to Supplier Diversity. Awards are presented to both local and national corporations.

Kolosky, Moffitt’s chief operating officer, also praised Hanson’s commitment and recognition.

“The work that Desiree and the entire Supplier Diversity team does here at Moffitt is extremely important to our commitment to inclusion,” Kolosky said. “Partnering with small businesses with diverse backgrounds has only made our organization stronger.”

Not only was it a big night for Moffitt, it was also big for two of its suppliers. Zones Inc. was named MBE Supplier of the Year – Class IV, and Bay Coffee and Tea Company was named Supplier of the Year – Class I.

The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council’s Suppliers of the Year “consistently provide quality products and services and winners possess exemplary management, innovation and strategic approach to future growth.”

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is listed as one of the top 10 cancer hospitals in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube