National held its 19th Annual Awards Banquet at the Westin Casuarina Resort on
theme of the event was ‘Dare to Win’ with 45 members of staff receiving long
service awards ranging from 5 to 30 years of service. 20 staff also received
awards in customer satisfaction, team spirit, and leadership and initiative,
with the two CEO’s award recipients receiving awards for courage and exemplary
Harris, a managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York
was the keynote speaker. Mrs. Harris has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s
50 most powerful black executives in corporate America, and to Fortune’s “Most
Influential List” in 2005, Black Enterprise magazine’s “Top 50
African-Americans on Wall Street,” and Essence magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World.” She
was also named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum.
Harris used examples from her recently-published book, Expect to Win – 10
Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace, and her collection of
‘hard-earned pearls’ of wisdom. She
reminded employees that there are always consequences as a result of the
choices we make and encouraged them to be comfortable with taking risks –
“experience is a gift from failure” she said. She also stressed the importance
of building relationships through networking, and to leverage the ‘tool chest’
available through this network.
were drawn at the end of the meeting which included round trip tickets for two
to Las Vegas, one additional week paid vacation and a gift certificate from
Priced Right valued at $300.