April 28, 2008

Al OsborneDALLAS, TX - Senior Associate Dean Alfred E. (Al) Osborne, Jr. was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday, April, 24, 2008. According to the organization’s press release, Osborne has, “shown a longtime commitment to the development and growth of minority businesses.” The purpose of the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum is to preserve, recognize and educate society on the contribution of individuals that have assisted in the development and growth of Minority Businesses nationally and globally.

In addition to his role as senior associate dean, Osborne is faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson. Under his direction, the Price Center is a dedicated champion of diversity in business and the advancement of minority businesses owners and executives. For example, the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program focuses on supply chain diversity, educating minority and women entrepreneurs, enabling said executives to grow and expand their companies as they do business with large corporations. Osborne’s work in the area of supply chain diversity earned him inclusion on Minority Business News’ inaugural 100 Men Impacting Supplier Diversity list. 

Of his most recent accolade and induction, Osborne said, “To be considered a pioneer in the development of minority business, leaves me with a feeling of pride and awe. I see myself blessed and fortunate. My efforts to build capital in minority firms - through the Price Center - and the development of human capital have been greatly rewarding. It’s simply humbling to have all of this recognized, including some writings I did years ago. If I don’t do anything else, I feel I’ve left the world a better place.”

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