I currently work as the Manager of Supplier Diversity for a national managed care solutions provider where I lead the supplier diversity efforts to ensure the organization has a more diverse and inclusive supply chain ecosystem as well as greater economic impact in the communities where we live, work, and serve!
I passionately research and implement an effective strategy to connect with diverse suppliers, position them with information and resources, and introduce them to corporations for lucrative deals. I introduce suppliers to corporations in the network through my board and advocacy work, creating economic growth in the community where we live, work, and serve. When individuals are self-sufficient and create jobs within their community, the entire ecosystem prospers.
I’ve had opportunities to guest lecture about leading diversity and inclusion; and had the privilege to engage with seasoned and novice professionals; and facilitate conversations on recognizing and resolving unconscious bias; celebrating our differences; and supporting one another. Only together as a community will be able to thrive and not just survive.
I have more than 20 years of success across the multiple spend categories in supply chain and sourcing.
I hold a BS in Communications and Applied Technology from Drexel University and a M.Ed. in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. I also have a certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University as well as several Toastmaster's International certifications in public speaking and communications.
I currently live in Philadelphia, PA with my husband of 13 years, two children and one spoiled pug.
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