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Crain’s New York Business Recognizes Terrence Clark as a Notable Black Leader & Executive

By Tanya Isley 
Last updated on February 22nd, 2021 01:48 pm
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Crain’s New York released its list of 2021 Notable Black Leaders and Executives including Terrence Clark, president and CEO of the New York/New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (“The Council”). Crain’s applauds the leadership and accomplishments of its honorees, especially in light of the ongoing racial justice movement and pandemic. As president and CEO of The Council, Clark devotes his time to connecting major corporations and government agencies with minority business enterprises (MBEs) to diversify the supply chain and increase MBEs’ revenues. Clark’s work directly advances minority businesses and uplifts minority communities across the region.

Terrence Clark’s resilience and unwavering leadership led the way for his team particularly in the face of the past year’s challenges. He directed the digital transformation of The Council’s signature events in the face of a pandemic that disproportionately affects minority communities. Through webinars, networking events, and their virtual portal, the Council continues to help more than 1,100 certified minority businesses excel through these difficult times. Clark and his team also certified hundreds of minority businesses in 2020 alone and encouraged New York and New Jersey headquartered organizations to join The Council as corporate members. Clark’s innovative initiatives resulted in increased business opportunities and more robust economies within the minority communities he serves. 

“I am humbled by Crain’s inclusion of me and my commitment to support diverse business development,” said New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council president & CEO Terrence Clark. “Recognition alongside other regional Black leaders makes clear that I am part of an ecosystem committed to advancing Black and brown economies and communities. Although we face ongoing challenges and our work is far from finished, the future of Black leadership in America is bright.”

According to Crain’s, their list of notable Black leaders and executives spotlights Black men and women who have affected New York City with their professional, communal, and philanthropic achievements, particularly in matters of diversity and inclusion. Hailing from an assortment of industries, the talented individuals that made the cut do the city proud. 

The Council is a not-for-profit professional organization that certifies minority enterprises and links them to business opportunities with corporations, government agencies and educational institutions. The Council stands for advancing minority business, and Terrence Clark exemplifies community leadership. Clark readily and frankly addressed the murder of George Floyd in a powerful statement and reaffirmed The Council’s dedication to the Black community in 2020 and beyond. The Council celebrates the diversity of certified MBEs and offers unparalleled resources for their growth. Under Clark’s leadership, The Council continues to develop and support a diverse community of collaboration, equity, and excellence.