Ava DuVernay

Winner of the 2021 Powerful Leaders Award

Ava Marie DuVernay is an American filmmaker, television producer, and film publicist. She won the directing award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first black woman to win the award.

The Malcolm Baldrige Quality Framework, which highlights customer satisfaction, workforce empowerment, and increased productivity, has now come to symbolize the commitment to excellence globally.