Honored by The Stevie Awards and Linkage for Support of Female Professionals
Ramsey, NJ, (November 22, 2022) Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce Kay Fernandez, Senior Vice President, Marketing, recently received a Bronze Stevie® Award for Women in Business as well as Linkage’s 2022 Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award.
Kay Fernandez, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s premier business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. Fernandez was honored in the Women Helping Women – Business category.
Fernandez was also selected as one of Linkage’s 2022 Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award winners. Recipients are innovators and change-makers who are committed to developing and implementing new approaches to achieving gender parity within their organizations, and beyond.
As a key member of Konica Minolta’s executive leadership team, Fernandez is dedicated to empowering other women and continually works toward extending opportunities and creating an environment for her female colleagues to learn, grow and lead. In 2015, she established the Step Forward Program to inspire women in professional excellence. The inclusive monthly program encourages the advancement of women through leadership development skills training and an open forum for both male and female employees to share experiences and best practices. Since its inception, the company has seen a 118% increase in the number of women at the director level.
Most recently – and modeled after the Step Forward program – Fernandez launched Step Together, a new initiative for the empowerment of women in Konica Minolta’s dealer channel. The program is intended to inspire the professional development of women of the office technology industry, and bring them together for support, collaboration and inspiration. Through fun and engaging networking events the program builds community, creates a positive environment to share experiences and supports intentional leaders.
“I feel so honored to be recognized by two such prestigious organizations, and fortunate that Konica Minolta supports programs to encourage women to aspire to leadership roles,” said Fernandez. “I’m extremely grateful to The Stevie Awards and Linkage for supporting the efforts behind the advancement of women as we strive to achieve gender parity in the workplace.”
As the head of marketing at Konica Minolta, Fernandez oversees the efforts of Konica Minolta’s CSR team to support the community and carry out Konica Minolta’s global mission is to create value for society. She sits on the board of the YWCA of Northern New Jersey, whose mission is to empower women and eliminate racism.
“As a champion for female leaders, Kay works hard to identify ways to support women’s advancement in the workplace by creating seats for them at the table,” said Sam Errigo, President and CEO, Konica Minolta. “Her efforts have inspired and benefitted many women in their career development. Congratulations to Kay on these well-deserved honors!”
Go online to see the recipients of the Linkage Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award and Stevie Women in Business awards.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the workplace to achieve true connectivity through the Intelligent Connected Workplace. The company guides and supports its clients’ digital transformation through its expansive office technology portfolio, including IT Services (All Covered), intelligent information management, managed print services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been included on CRN’s MSP 500 list nine times and The World Technology Awards named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for fifteen consecutive years, and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2021 America’s Best-in-State employers list. The company received Keypoint Intelligence’s BLI 2021 A3 Line of The Year Award and BLI 2021-2023 Most Color Consistent A3 Brand Award for its bizhub i-Series. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for nine consecutive years and has spent four years on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list. Konica Minolta partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and works to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit us online and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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