2023 Chapter Honoree

Celebrating CCB: A Remarkable Industry Steward and Honoree

On March 23, at the Honor Awards for IIDA Northern California, Carolyn Clark Beetle (CCB) was recognized as the Chapter Honoree for 2023. CCB, who has dedicated 12 years of volunteer service to the board, received accolades from her colleagues and peers for her inspirational leadership and unwavering commitment to the betterment of the community.

During the ceremony, Paul Mabe took the stage to express his admiration for CCB’s innovative and forward-thinking nature. He recounted how, when considering his current role, CCB was one of the first people he reached out to for advice. Her belief in him and recognition of his talent meant a great deal, showcasing her authenticity and generosity. CCB’s kindness extends not only financially but also in her willingness to guide and mentor others, making her an invaluable presence in the community.

Rashanda Udekwu joined Paul in honoring CCB and shared her own experiences of CCB’s remarkable qualities. She emphasized CCB’s genuine interest in others and her ability to build authentic connections. CCB’s reputation for knowing almost everyone in the industry stems from her deep personal connections and her commitment to listening and engaging with others. Rashanda also acknowledged CCB’s insatiable curiosity, evident in her drive to explore new ideas and advocate for equity and inclusivity, even before diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) became prominent in the industry.

CCB’s recognition as the 2023 Chapter Honoree by IIDA Northern California highlights her remarkable contributions and exceptional leadership within the industry. Her dedication to fostering genuine connections, mentorship, and advocacy for inclusivity has left an indelible mark on the community. Stepping down from the board after 12 years of volunteer service signifies a transition for CCB, but her influence and legacy will continue to inspire future industry thought leaders. We congratulate CCB on this well-deserved honor and express our deepest gratitude for her invaluable contributions.

Thank you so much for your powerhouse service, commitment & love!

Carolyn Clark Beedle, Industry IIDA
Director of Audience Engagement | One Workplace

Inspirational people don’t just discuss what is important to them; they act upon it. CCB is not just innovative and forward-thinking but is always thinking about the betterment of everyone.

Paul Mabe, VP of Philanthropy

Listening is not a technique but a way of being; it’s about attention, awareness, and genuinely wanting to hear someone else’s story – to be fully present. (Which is not easy for many of us today). It’s the threat that creates real human connections. CCB’s interest and care for others is how she built the reputation of knowing almost everyone in our industry, not from a surface level but on a bona fide deep personal level.

Rashanda Udekwu, VP of EDI