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Five business pioneers earn place in Minority Business Hall of Fame

Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., in collaboration with the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, recently inducted five minority business pioneers and advocates into the Minority Business Hall of Fame. The Minority Business Hall of Fame award spotlights the achievements of individuals whose paths were not always clearly defined. … more →

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MBDA Summit keeps eye on prize: MBE success

Against the backdrop of shrinking corporate budgets and increasing demands for minority business enterprises nationwide, a group of like-minded business people recently gathered to talk empowerment at a federal business summit. The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency hosted the meeting of business leaders — including program directors and advocates — to review … more →

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NMSDC honors leaders for success, commitment to supplier diversity

The 2015 National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Leadership Awards gala celebrating the best in minority business success and corporate commitment to supplier diversity was recently held in New York City. The event was hosted by Star Jones, a diversity advocate, attorney, former New York City prosecutor, entrepreneur, businesswoman, philanthropist and author. She is also national … more →

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BP looks to MWBEs to help cut costs, improve efficiency

The need for efficiency and simplification within the energy industry was the central theme of a BP-hosted supplier diversity forum at the annual Offshore Technology Conference, held recently in Houston. BP plc leaders met with about 20 minority and women business enterprises to offer insights on industry trends and discuss the impact MWBEs can have on … more →

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Billion Dollar Roundtable learning: Advancing mature supplier diversity programs

This three-part series is brought to you by the Billion Dollar Roundtable – an elite group of companies that that achieved $1 billion in diverse spending – to help promote the expansion os corporate supplier diversity initiatives. This paper represents the perspective of the author, not necessarily The Procter & Gamble Co. or the Billion … more →

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Chuck Hendrix builds Toyota’s supplier diversity processes

Charles “Chuck” Hendrix serves as supplier diversity manager and purchasing manager for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. He is responsible for building TEMA’s supplier diversity processes, including sourcing and development of minority and women business enterprises. He previously held this same position from 1997 to 2000. Hendrix has had several managerial positions … more →

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Ritu Vaidya helps create TI’s competitive, sustainable supply base

Ritu Vaidya is the director, supply chain responsibility, at Texas Instruments Inc., where she is responsible for assessing and developing suppliers to align with TI’s high standards of ethics, labor, health and safety and environmental compliance — including regulatory requirements on conflict minerals and human trafficking. Supplier diversity is also a key component of this … more →

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Stephanie Williams targets Ford’s supplier diversity development initiatives

Stephanie Williams is manager, supplier diversity development, at Ford Motor Co. In this role, she is responsible for overall department operations, as well as management of nonproduction supplier diversity development. She serves on committees for the Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council and the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. She also leads Ford’s Project ONE Module, … more →

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Suzanne Raheb drives Lockheed Martin’s supplier diversity goals

Susannah “Suzanne” Raheb serves as corporate supplier diversity leader of Lockheed Martin Corp. She identifies strategic initiatives to help the company achieve its supplier diversity goals and objectives to maximize utilization of small businesses through subcontracting and partnering initiatives. She is also responsible for the operations of the supplier diversity function, compliance and reporting activities, … more →

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