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Anita Gordy-Watkins and Kamal Kaushal
DCCCD’s Anita Gordy-Watkins (left) receives her Corporate Executive Diversity Award from GDAACC’s board chair, Kamal Kaushal, during the chamber’s annual awards program.

​Contact: Ann Hatch

For immediate release — Nov. 21, 2017
News brief

(DALLAS) — The Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce recently honored Anita Gordy-Watkins, associate vice chancellor of global development for the Dallas County Community College District, with a 2017 Corporate Executive Diversity Award for her outstanding work on global diversity.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott served as keynote speaker for the annual program, and Kamal Kaushal, chairman of the GDAACC board of directors, hosted the awards ceremony held in Dallas. The theme for this year’s annual awards banquet was “Diversity Beyond Boundaries.” Abbott also congratulated the chamber on its success and on “its commitment to ensuring that Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex remains an economic leader.”

Gordy-Watkins said that when she was notified about the award, it came as a complete surprise. “I feel extremely honored to receive this recognition, which recognizes the support and assistance that we (DCCCD) have been able to provide in conjunction with GDAACC for visiting delegations and the greater Asian-American community in Dallas,” she said.

GDAACC historically has recognized Asian-American individuals or corporations that have made contributions to the area economy and community through its annual awards program. In addition to the Corporate Executive Diversity Award that Gordy-Watkins received, other categories include: Entrepreneurs; Entrepreneurs Under 40; Businesses; Women-Owned and Minority Businesses; and Contributors to the fields of education, journalism, arts and cultures, technology and science; and work toward global diversity.

GDAACC was founded in 1986 with the mission to “advocate for its members and the Asian-American business community while assisting with the economic development of North Texas.” The chamber has grown from a small organization to an established institution with more than 1,200 members, including 20 or more ethnic groups, all of whom are dedicated to the growth of Asian-American business in the Dallas area.

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