EY Announces Brian Stafford of Diligent Corporation as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 New York Award Winner
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates ambitious entrepreneurs who are building a better world
New York, NY, June 16, 2023 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) earlier this week announced that Brian Stafford, CEO & President of Diligent Corporation, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 New York Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. Stafford was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The candidates were evaluated based on their demonstration of building long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.
“I am honored to be named EY’s 2023 New York Entrepreneur of the Year,” said Stafford. “This recognition would not be possible without the tremendous efforts of our team here at Diligent. It is our mission to help leaders navigate complex business environments and create impact, so to be acknowledged for the outcomes of that work among the same exceptional leaders we strive to empower is truly special.”
Diligent is a leading governance, risk and compliance (GRC) SaaS company, providing solutions and insights across GRC, audit, and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). With leaders stepping up to create organizations that are more sustainable, ethical, and resilient, Diligent empowers them with the software, insights and confidence to make better decisions, faster, and drive greater impact. More than 1 million users from over 25,000 customers around the world leverage Diligent’s platform of solutions to navigate an increasingly complex business environment.
For nearly four decades, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of entrepreneurs, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources. Since 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 11,000 US executives.
As a New York award winner, Stafford is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 National Awards. The National Award winners including the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in June 2024.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:
- Cesar Carvalho of Gympass
- David Heath of Bombas
- Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Inc.
- Holly Thaggard and Amanda Baldwin of Supergoop!
- Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
- James Park of Fitbit
- Aleksandr Yampolskiy of SecurityScorecard
- Gary Hoberman of Unqork
- Diana Lee of Constellation Agency
- Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
- Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation
- Sheila Mikhail of AskBio
- Matt Cooper of Skillshare
- Jodi Berg of Vitamix
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, N.A.; SAP America; and the Kauffman Foundation. In New York & Connecticut, sponsors also include, Cresa, Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN), Marsh, Empire Valuation Consultants, ADP, DLA Piper, and Morgan Lewis.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall Award winners go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year®. Visit ey.com/us/eoy.
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Diligent is the global leader in modern governance, providing SaaS solutions across governance, risk, compliance, audit and ESG. Empowering more than 1 million users and 700,000 board members with a holistic view of their organization’s GRC practices so they can make better decisions, faster. No matter the challenge. Learn more at diligent.com.