Carolyn Mosby, president and CEO of Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council, was honored with the Vanguard Award at the annual National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Awards ceremony in New York on May 21.
The Vanguard Award is presented to an NMSDC affiliate council president who has exhibited leadership in driving the value proposition for minority supplier development among corporate and MBE constituents throughout the NMSDC network. The recipient is announced publicly for the first time at the Leadership Awards ceremony.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Mosby is an alumna of Indiana State University and has spent the majority of her career working with Indiana-based companies and government agencies. She joined Mid-States MSDC in April 2011, after serving as chief marketing officer for Kiwanis International, overseeing global marketing and communications in 90 countries around the world. Although her degree is in radio, television and film communications, Mosby’s first job out of college was working for the state of Indiana’s Minority Business Program, a legacy of the work of her late mother – Carolyn Brown Mosby. The Gary Indiana senator authored the law that created the Indiana Department of Administration’s Minority Business Development program in 1983.
Following her time working with the state, Mosby worked in the private sector for years as a communications executive; however, supporting minority businesses remained part of her focus.
“I spent the majority of my career in corporate America and a little bit in nonprofit, but I always kept my eye on their supplier diversity programs,” Mosby said. “I was always interested in making sure the companies that I worked for were supporting diverse suppliers.”
Since becoming the leader of Mid-States MSDC, Mosby has been involved in the restructuring process at NMSDC, which resulted in the addition of central Illinois and eastern Missouri to her oversight. She counts this restructuring as a major accomplishment for NMSDC and its affiliates, praising NMSDC President Joset B. Wright-Lacey for including the affiliate presidents in the process.
“A lot of organizations don’t allow you to have input. They tell you how it’s going to be, and you just have to live with it,” Mosby said. “The opportunity to be part of helping shape the vision and have input into what the new structure would look like was a wonderful opportunity because I think it’s setting up the national organization for success as we move forward with our corporate members and MBEs.”
Within her now tri-state region, Mosby is focused on serving the needs of MBEs at every stage of growth, from startups to multi-million dollar corporations.
“We don’t want to offer a one size fits all service to our MBEs,” she said, “so we’ve been very intentional about developing programs and trainings that our MBEs can take advantage of at different levels to help get them to the next level.”
Looking ahead, Mosby is excited about the opportunities afforded to MBEs in her region by the national restructuring of NMSDC.
“Now we’re not just Indiana; now we’re also eastern Missouri and central Illinois, and that means more opportunities for our minority businesses to do business with corporations, and for the corporations there are more minority businesses for them to have access to and do business with as well. We’re looking forward to continuing to foster and grow those relationships and creating new opportunities for our MBEs.”
Mid-States MSDC is online at www.midstatesmsdc.org.
BY MELISSA LOWERY