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Bank of America and Kaiser Permanente inducted into Billion Dollar Roundtable

Bank of America and Kaiser Permanente became the latest corporations to take seats at the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an elite group of companies that have achieved $1 billion in annual diversity spend. The Billion Dollar Roundtable was founded in 2001 to bring together major U.S.-based corporations that make meaningful and measurable contributions to the economic … more →

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Achieving long-term success with major customers

At the Toyota Opportunity Exchange supplier-diversity workshop in October last year, Ed Rigaud, owner of EnovaPremier LLC, presented the keys to his company’s success working with major corporations like Toyota, General Motors Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. Key #1 — strategic planning Using the creation of his own company as an example, Rigaud stressed strategic … more →

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ISM Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® certification

Most people are familiar with advanced degrees in higher education including Ph.D., master’s of business administration and master’s degree. Now, Rainey Alben from the Institute for Supply Management invites supply chain professionals to add Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® or CPSD™ to their advanced education. Alben is the director of diversity at the Institute for … more →

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MBDA expands reach, invests $1.425 million in nine business centers

Thanks to savings derived from a multiyear strategy to reduce administrative and operational overhead costs, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency announced a supplemental investment of $1.425 million to nine existing MBDA business centers. The funds will support the business centers in their efforts to better serve minority business communities nationwide. “At … more →

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Honda North America Supplier Diversity Professional Daryl Watson

Daryl Watson is the Procurement Diversity Team Manager for Honda North America, Inc.  Watson is responsible for Procurement Diversity team leadership, driving continued growth of the Honda minority supplier program, which expands the diversity of Honda’s supply and develops strategies to sustain the company’s future. Before becoming the Procurement Diversity Team Manager, Watson worked in … more →

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P&G Supplier Diversity Professional Andrew Butler

Andrew Butler is corporate supplier diversity manager for Procter & Gamble Co. He is responsible for working with the company’s purchasing organization to understand and define business needs, linking with and developing diverse suppliers that can bring value to P&G, creating value in the community through mentoring and council participation and providing governance to the overall … more →

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Walgreens Co. Supplier Diversity Professional Rona Fourté

Rona Fourté is currently the director of supplier diversity for Walgreen Co. In this capacity, she leads a team to impact the diverse-owned business inclusion rate in contracting for retail, professional services, construction and facilities maintenance procurement. She and her team serve as the primary liaison and subject-matter experts for identifying, developing and introducing diverse … more →

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BP’s Ray Dempsey Jr. takes a strategic approach to success

Ray Dempsey Jr. has a simple but solid strategy for business success — look for intersections of interest. As vice president of external affairs at BP, he manages relationships with third-party organizations, including trade associations, think tanks and organizations such as National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. and National Urban League. In addition, Dempsey oversees … more →

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Kathy Homeyer of UPS mentor extraordinaire

In 1980, Kathy Homeyer was the manager of a clothing store. One day, a truck driver from United Parcel Service of North America Inc. came into the shop to deliver packages, mentioning that the company was hiring drivers and that she should apply. Homeyer took that advice to heart and launched a new career. It’s … more →

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