Working Together Towards Equality In The Workplace

Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award


The Award was created in 2008 in an effort to celebrate and memorialize the passion and spirit of Lois Baumerich, a former NILG Board member and ILG Chair. As an ILG member, Lois exhibited untiring commitment to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and diversity. Lois died of a heart attack on July 18, 2007, following a steam pipe explosion in Manhattan near Grand Central Station. This award is presented in commemoration of Lois’s passion for her work, and the imprint she has left on ILGs

We are accepting nominations for the 2019 Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award through June 7, 2019.  Click HERE to download the nomination form.

The award will be presented at the 2019 ILG National Conference in Milwaukee, WI. Past recipients have received a commemorative gift.

Past Winners

2018 - Bari Evans

Congratulations to the winner of the 2018 Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award—Bari Evans,  Vice President & Companywide Compliance Manager of AA/EEO Compliance at Wells Fargo. Barry is responsible for EEO and Affirmative Action compliance and supporting processes, including oversight of the Company’s very large number of FAAPs and AAPs and government reporting. The award was presented at the Annual ILG Conference in Anaheim.

Mr. Evans has a deep and enduring passion for the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action that was formed by his eye witness to injustice in the era of separate bathrooms and water faucets for African Americans.  His college career started just a the time the 1964 Civil Rights Act was enacted into law and the ensuring throes of enforcing desegregation in the country’s institutions, including schools and universities, made for some bumpy roads in his early college journey.  Mr. Evan’s early life experiences left an indelible impression on him and served to guide his choice in a profession through which he helps enable competency in workplace compliance and fairness and inclusion.
Mr. Evans is an expert in Equal Opportunity laws and CFR 60 Regulations and is a highly regarded thought leader within EEO/AA communities across the country, including the Industry Liaison Group.  He was instrumental in the startup of the Greater Los Angeles ILG in 1993 and the Orange County ILG.  He continues to advocate for their success, from his assistance with ILG programs to promoting Wells Fargo’s corporate presence within the ILG and financial support.

In addition to his involvement with the ILG, Mr. Evans has served on the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) Board of Directors including as Chair and Vice Chair.  He is currently serving in a second-term appointment on the CWC board.  Mr. Evans also served on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Workplace Equality, whose mission is to provide training and education to assist federal contractors to understand and comply with their OFCCP-enforced non-discrimination and affirmative action obligations.

2017 - Tony Magaro

Congratulations to the winner of the 2017 Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award—Anthony Magaro, Executive Director of Human Resources for Southwest Research Institute!  The award was presented at the Annual ILG Conference in San Antonio.

Mr. Magaro has a long list of professional accomplishments.

Mr. Magaro holds a strong commitment to championing employment opportunities for veterans, individuals with disabilities, and minority groups. He has worked to make SwRI an employer of choice for these groups and his influence prompts programs celebrating SwRI’s diverse staff such as:

  • Hosting a Multicultural Fair allowing staff to host booths that provide educational opportunities and the ability to sample cuisine from various nations and cultures
  • Honoring staff on Veterans’ Day with a celebration and presentation given by an invited speaker and viewing SwRI’s personal military artifacts.
  • Implementing outreach initiatives to protected groups to pursue careers in science and engineering and STEM fields
  • Developing a student technician apprenticeship program for hands-on technical experiences
  • Providing “Code Jam,” an initiative where children of employees are exposed to careers in computer coding fields
  • Prompting improved health of staff with a Wellness Journey initiative with various events throughout the year

His professional efforts have extended beyond his employer to share his expertise with others.

  • Conducts courses in Fair Employment Practices and Employee Relations
  • Served as adjunct faculty member for Our Lady of the Lake University; the University of the Incarnate Word, and Webster University for coursework in HR fields, Compensation, Organizational Design, HR Law.
  • Taught as a World at Work faculty member for Base Pay Management and Regulatory Environment of Compensation Programs domestically and internationally to employers in China
  • Presented webinars and seminars on amendments to Section 503 and VEVRAA regulations
  • Served as a Veteran Recruitment panelist at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Employer Regulatory Summit

His many leadership roles in the community foster strong relationships between employers and colleges.

  • Past President of the Southwest Association of Colleges and Employers (SWACE)
  • Board member and strategic committees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE)
  • Advisory panel for San Antonio College and university Placement Association
  • Board Members for St. Teresa’s Academy Board
  • Leadership with United Way of San Antonio
  • Active member of many professional organizations: SACA, World at Work, San Antonio Human Resources Association, NACE, SoACE and Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the San Antonio Industry Liaison Group (SAILG)
  • Member of the Science, Engineering, and Technology School Advisory Council at St. Mary’s University

Outstanding volunteer efforts for the San Antonio community for Mr. Magaro are many.

  • Volunteer, Director, Committee Chair, Assistance Vice President and Life Member for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Committee. This prestigious organization has donated more than $171.4 million to very worthwhile causes such as scholarships, grants, and endowments to assist the youth of Texas in areas of agriculture and education.
  • Board member of the San Antonio Independent School District Foundation
  • Popular speaker on careers in science, engineering, and business
  • Former coach for sports teams with Catholic Youth Organization and event announcer for several
  • Champions SwRI employees to volunteer

2016 - Beth Montgomery

Beth MontgomeryCongratulations to the winner of the 2016 Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award—Beth Montgomery!

Beth Montgomery

  • Is an exemplary leader in diversity and affirmative action compliane
  • Serves as the current President of her Industry Liaison Group and has served in other committee and officer roles for that group
  • Is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional
  • Participates as an annual panelist for an interview skills workshop for young people with disabilities, helping to prepare individuals to enter the workforce
  • Serves on the Business Advisory Council for the Center for Accessible Living where she organizes activities such as a Job Shadowing Day to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to live independently
  • Organizes events and fund raisers for Special Olympics, personally raising $24,000
  • Volunteers with
    1.       Habitat for Humanity,
    2.       her church’s soup kitchen,
    3.       as a volunteer book reader for elementary school children,
    4.       and as a volunteer lawn services provider at the Children’s Hospital.

2015 - Nora Vele

Nora VeleCongratulations to the winner of the 2015 Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award—Nora Vele!

Some of Nora’s accomplishments include:

  • More than 20 years’ experience in the field and successful navigation of more than 60 audits.
  • A passion for helping those who are differently abled to live a full life which includes gainful employment and the chance to start a fulfilling professional career.  For example, Nora served as the Diversity & Inclusion subject matter expert for the global differently abled team made up of eighteen (18) senior leaders from various Merck business units.
  • Service as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Labor Relations committee.  The committee develops Chamber policy and programs on a wide range of labor and employment issues.
  • Participation as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. This committee advises the Supreme Court so that all programs, services, policies and procedures are free of any vestiges of racial and ethnic bias
  • Assistance with her employer’s Corporate Leaders in Equal Opportunity (CLEO) team, which is a cross-industry team of senior equal employment opportunity leaders.
  • Service with the Board of Directors for the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC).
  • Other corporate leadership roles collaborating with government agencies on the integration of compliance and diversity programs
    Activity in her community, serving as a Girl Scout troop leader, sports coach, and as a key leader in her church.

2014 - Louise Sheppard

Louise sheppardLouise Sheppard has been selected as the Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2014. Louise spent over 35 years promoting employment opportunities and working to prevent discrimination in the workplace. During that time, she coached and mentored many. The contributions Louise made promoting equal opportunity are expansive.

  • Louise influenced her company to participate in a pilot mediation program with the EEOC and signing a National Mediation Agreement, saving her employer significant amounts of money.
  • Through her work, along with others, she enhanced outreach efforts for employment for persons with disabilities. That work, through a special project, led to Prudential being listed among the companies in EEOC’s Best Practices book for individuals with disabilities.
  • Her employer, Prudential, also received awards from other agencies, such as the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, for her work.
  • She has been a spokesperson for affirmative action through focus groups with the federal Glass Ceiling Commission examining “glass ceiling” issues for women and minorities; with the NJ Governor’s Affirmative Action Forum; and Cable Television Network’s program focusing on issues in the workplace for employers.
  • Her multiple leadership positions with the ILG has resulted in training many professionals and including helping to revive the once defunct New Jersey ILG. She has been a major influence in many areas that affect the regulations that you and I are working with today.

Please join us in congratulating Louise Sheppard!

2013 - Connie P. Lahoda

Connie LahodaThe 2013 winner of the NILG’s Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award was Connie P. Lahoda, Vice President, Employee Relations for Aramark.

Connie is a member of the Mid-Atlantic ILG. She has a lifetime of achievement and dedication to the ILG and to many other non-profit organizations. From teaching English as a second language to serving on a variety of boards, Connie has been a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion. Throughout her employment history she has championed affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. She is a catalyst for ILG support and a strong partner in creating a better working environment for everyone.

2012 - Darold Sawyer

Darold Sawyer PhotoAt the 2012 Industry Liaison Group National Conference, Darold Sawyer, Manager, Diversity, EEO & Affirmative Action Programs at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, was honored to be the fifth recipient of the prestigious Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award.

Darold’s relationship with the Industry Liaison Groups dates back to 1989 when, through his efforts, a small group of Atlanta, Georgia based contractors formed the Atlanta ILG. Darold was the founding president of AILG, serving in that capacity for nine years. In his current role, Darold provides equal opportunity and affirmative action program leadership to forty EEO establishments throughout the country for Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne.

2011 - Dorie Tuggle

Dorie-tuggleAt the 2011 Industry Liaison Group National Conference, Dorie Tuggle, President & CEO of Pearl Training Solutions, LLC, was honored to be the fourth recipient of the prestigious Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dorie Tuggle has the distinction of having been nominated by her peers and members of the Atlanta Industry Liaison Group (AILG). Dorie Tuggle’s nomination highlighted her more than 30 years corporate-related achievements and leadership in equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action at Lockheed Martin and IBM. A founding member of the Atlanta Industry Liaison Group (AILG), Dorie served on the NILG Board with Lois in 2002. She continues to be an active member of the AILG and community service organizations throughout the Southeast. As a consultant and business owner, she provides guidance, training and coaching to clients and small business federal contractors to assist
them in developing and achieving their organizational goals and compliance.

Please join us in congratulating Dorie Tuggle!.

2010 - Sandra J. Evers-Manly

sandra EversAt the 2010 Industry Liaison Group National Conference, Sandra J. Evers-Manly, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & President of the Northrop Grumman Foundation was honored to be the third recipient of the prestigious Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sandra Evers-Manly has the distinction of having been nominated by Northrop Grumman Employees and members of the Mid-Atlantic ILG.

Sandra Evers-Manly’s nomination highlighted her 27 years of experience with Northrop Grumman where she began her career as a college intern, and has held increasingly responsible roles, including Vice President of Ethics and Diversity. Currently, as Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and President of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, Evers-Manly is responsible for corporate-wide equal employment opportunity, ethics, charitable giving, community relations and employee recognition programs.

Please join us in congratulating Sandra Evers-Manly!

2009 - Bill E. Crumlett

Bill CrumlettAt the 2009 Industry Liaison Group National Conference, Bill E. Crumlett, Executive Director of Human Resources at Southwest Research Institute was honored to be the second recipient of the prestigious Lois Baumerich Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Bill Crumlett has the distinction of having been nominated by Southwest Research Employees and members of the San Antonio ILG.
  • Bill has had a distinguished career, working in Human Resources for 36 years.
  • He earned an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio
  • He served in Vietnam War, United States Army and received the Purple Heart
  • He is a member of the San Antonio Personnel and Management Association, serving in leadership positions
  • He developed “Hire A Veteran Workshop for Employers”
  • He received recognition for his work as Chairman of the Worker Transition committee for the Texas Department of Commerce, Work Force Development Division

Bill has many more accomplishments not mentioned here. The National Industry Liaison Group Board is pleased and proud to recognize Bill for his dedication to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action through his work, and for emulating the life and spirit of our dear friend, Lois Baumerich.

Please join us in congratulating Bill Crumlett!

2008 - Martha Burrage

The first Lois Baumerich Life Time Achievement Award was awarded to
Martha Burrage of the New Jersey and Northeast Industry Liaison Groups at the
Industry Liaison Group National Conference held in Anaheim, CA in July, 2007.

Martha Burrage is the director of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment
Opportunity compliance at Honeywell in Morristown, New Jersey. Martha has
over 20 years of experience working in Affirmative Action/EEO, and has served
in many leadership capacities for the New Jersey and Northeast corporate ILGs.

Martha was a National ILG Board Member for four years and continues to
contribute her time and talents to several EEO/AA professional organizations.

Additionally, Martha has the distinction of being a long-time colleague and
personal friend of Lois’s, serving on numerous organizations together. At the
time of her death, Lois was chair of the ILG National Conference held in New
York City, and Martha was co-chair for the conference. Martha immediately
assumed responsibility as chair for the conference, in addition to bearing the
burden of losing her dear friend. Martha is a true professional in her life: she is a
leader, a mentor, and a role model. Like Lois, Martha is an inspiration to all who
believe in ensuring equal opportunity for all. .

The National Industry Liaison Group Board congratulates Martha on the
distinction of being the first recipient of this award.