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Chief Visionary Officer

Background
Pursuit of Excellence is a Dallas-based company founded in 1994 by Ms. Marie Diaz. While independently working with Fortune 500 companies as an Organizational Development Consultant and Coach, Ms. Diaz in 1997 incorporated and expanded her business into a full scope of human resources offerings, including: HR Risk Management Consulting, Organizational Development and Training, Payroll Processing, and Employee Benefit Administration and Recruiting. “Our time effective HR Success Systems have positioned Pursuit of Excellence as an industry leader today and well into the future” according to Ms. Diaz.

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Currently business owners, executives, leadership, management, sales people and other professionals around the world use Pursuit of Excellence success processes to improve HR risk management compliance, leadership performance, and business processes to help manage their most valuable asset: their employees.


While being a strong advocate for small business growth and entrepreneurship, Ms. Diaz is very passionate about the growth and success of her community, the people who make it a success and, most importantly, helping others succeed.

Giving Back to the Community

  • 2005-2006 she served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest Hispanic Chambers in America
  • Board of Director Member and Advisory Committee of the following organizations:- Dallas Theater of Arts
    – North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
    – Anita Martinez Folklorica
    – Dallas Independent School District
    – The POE Foundation
    – Boys & Girls Club
    – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    – Communities in Schools
    – PEW – Partnership for America’s Economic Success Advisory Board Committee
    – “Making of Champions” (MOC)
  • Selected in 2009 to Chair the DFW Minority Business Council Access Convention

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Diaz has been privileged and honored to be asked to speak as a key note speaker from National to International community leaders at several conferences which include:

  • DISD Knowledge is Power Conference, influencing Business and Industry about business growth
  • DISD Ladies of Purpose Conference, influencing young Latinas
  • The Dialogue on Diversity in its IT/Entrepreneurship Conference in Los Angeles California
  • The Nevada Youth Congress, Presented by the Univ. of Nevada & the Hispanic Leadership Summit
  • North Dallas Chamber of Commerce 8th Annual HR Conference
  • The Rhode Island Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual Banquet
  • The 22nd National Hispanic Women’s Conference, in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Small Business Administration: MedWeek Awards Program “Professional Development”
  • DISD Knowledge is Power Conference, Keynote Speaker
  • HCA Women’s Business Conference & Luna Awards
  • Hispanic Business Alliance Biz/Ed Expo 2008, Strategies to Improve Personal Productivity
  • DFW Minority Business Council Access 2009 Convention
  • GDHCC Latina Empowerment Lecture Series
  • Dallas CEC Chapter meeting on Business Ethics
  • NAHREP luncheon on Strategic Planning for action oriented people
  • NHPO-HOWTO mixer, Austin, TX

Awards and Recognitions

2014

  • The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), Women of Distinction Award
  • Minority Business News Texas, “Pursuit of Excellence: the resource that gives customers hope”

2013

  • 100 Black Men of Greater Dallas, Inc. and the Women Presidents’ Organization 2013 Women of Color Achievement Award presented to 21 Outstanding Women Leading Successful Local Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Women Business Enterprise National Council, Dorothy B. Brothers Executive Scholarship Awardee
  • Latino leaders Magazine Club Leaders of the Future Award
  • Latina Style and United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Latina Leaders Award
  • Women of ALPFA, Achievement Award

2011

  • INC 500/5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies (Rank #34 in HR, #42 In Dallas, #3 in Top Women and #3 in Top Hispanic-Owned Companies)

2010

  • Dallas Business Journal, Dallas 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies
  • INC. 500, #1 HR Firm & #3 Top Women Owned Business
  • Entrepreneur of the Year by w2wlink.com
  • “North Texas Business Ethics Award” by the Dallas Business Journal
  • Recognized and written about in the March edition of Color Magazine
  • Youth Achievement Award by the Red Dress Society
  • “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for SMU Cox School of Business and the Dallas Top 100 SMU Cox #31
  • Honored on featured cover story on COLOR Magazine, which is the premier all-inclusive monthly magazine that highlights topics of interest revolving around New England and New York’s professionals of color

2009

  • Selected as a 2009 Minority Business Leader Honoree by the Dallas Business Journal
  • Listed as one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 500 largest U.S. Hispanic-owned Companies
  • Listed as one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies
  • “Inclusiveness Champion of the Year – Corporate Individual” from Ernst & Young’s Celebration of Diversity event
  • “MBE Advocate of the Year” from the Dallas Minority Business Development Council at the E-Awards ceremony
  • Won the Advocacy Award from the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the “La Cima” Award
  • Awarded the “Best of the Best” DFW’s Top Entrepreneur award by the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

2008

  • Listed in the Dallas Business Journal as one of the Top 50 Minority-Owned Businesses in the Dallas area
    Recognized by DISD as developing the district’s Mentor Protégé Program, personally educating minority and women-owned businesses regarding best industry practices, recommending a training curriculum designed to grow minority and women-owned companies
  • Recognized and a story written in Latino Biz Magazine as one of the top fastest growing business leaders who give back to their community
  • Recognized in Latino Biz Magazine in a Special Report “Texas Op Ed” regarding Early Childhood Education for Hispanics
  • Recognized by the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber as one of DFW’s Top Entrepreneurs “Best of the Best”
  • Recognized by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency as “Business of the Year”
  • Awarded the “Local Employment Growth Award” at the Momentum Awards by the Dallas Regional Chamber

2007

  • Recognized by the U.S. Senator of Rhode Island Jack Reed, Lieutenant Governor of the state of Rhode Island, Elizabeth H. Roberts, the Office of the Secretary of State, A. Ralph Morris and the Member of Congress James R. Langer for the 2007 HACCRI Hispanic Business Vision and Leadership Award
  • Acknowledged by the Mayor of the City of Providence with the Citizen Citation in recognition of her exemplary devotion to economic and professional excellence and generous I and invaluable support for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Rhode Island and its programs for helping to grow and develop the Hispanic businesses of their City and State a record of achievement and dedication

2006

  • The National AMA Award – An award given to the top 10 Latina Entrepreneur Business Owners in the nation with the fastest growing company in addition to giving back to her community
  • Recognized by U.S. Senator John Cornyn for her contributions to her growth in business as a women entrepreneur and community leader
  • “The Senate of the State of Texas” by Senator Royse West a Senate Proclamation No. 1163 Whereas recognizing, In addition to her work as CEO of her own company she generously donates her time to the community
  • Recognized by Congresswomen Eddie Bernice Johnson for her vision, mentorship and her continued leadership and commitment to helping others succeed