2010 TORCH AWARDS HONOREES
The Walt Disney Company
For more than eight decades, the name Walt Disney has been preeminent in the field of family entertainment. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to today’s global corporation, Since its founding in 1923, The Walt Disney Company and its affiliated companies have remained faithful to their commitment to produce unparalleled entertainment experiences based on the rich legacy of quality creative content and exceptional storytelling. The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products.
Robert L. “Bob” Billingslea
As Vice President, Corporate Urban Affairs and Development, Bob Billingslea provides valued input and counsel to senior management of The Walt Disney Company on diversity-related issues and other areas of social concern. Over the years, Bob’s considerable energy has been focused on establishing and maintaining strong relationships with organizations and individuals in support of The Walt Disney Company’s diversity-related objectives. His dedication to extending the Disney magic to diverse constituents nationwide has been key to the Company achieving its commitment to include diversity in every aspect of its business
Dr. Gwendolyn Lee
Dr. Lee has a 32 year record of active participation in The Links, Incorporated. She is currently serving her second term as the National President of The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated. Dr. Lee also has over 38 years experience in secondary education. She retired in December 2007 from Thornton Township High School, District 205, where she served as the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Professional Development, Director for Special Education, and the District Coordinator for Small Learning Communities. She currently serves as a Leadership Coach for New Leaders for New Schools
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Original DREAMGIRL, Sheryl Lee Ralph is a multifaceted jewel of a woman who sparkles in every area of life. An acclaimed show business professional. Her award winning body of work in film, television and the Broadway stage includes originating and creating the role of Deena Jones on Broadway in the landmark musical Dreamgirls, which earned her a Tony Award Nomination and a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Best Actress. A passionate AIDS activist, Ms. Ralph is the founding director of the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed) Foundation, which she created in memory of the many friends she had lost to HIV/AIDS.
William “Bill” Shack
Bill Shack is a businessman who’s journey led him to be a pioneer in the automobile industry. In 1976 he bought his first Ford automobile dealership in Yucca Valley, California., and then purchased another Ford dealership in 1980 and a Lincoln Mercury dealership in San Diego in 1982. In 1985 he teamed up with Timothy Woods to form Shack-Woods and Associates, which would become the nation’s largest minority-owned auto dealerships throughout California, Arizona, and Colorado. In 1999, he built and opened Shack-Findlay Honda with Clifford Findlay, in Henderson, Nevada. As a result of his outstanding leadership, he was the founding president of the Black Ford Lincoln-Mercury Dealer Association and founding president of the National Association of Minority Auto Dealers. He also was the Vice-Chairman of the board for Rainbow Push Coalition, a position he held for over 15 years. Currently, Bill is the developer of Copper Hill Homes, a 600 single family housing development in Yucca Valley, California.