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Vote ‘Yes’for Referendum 88 to approve I-1000 (10/23/2019) Posted in: Spotlight - With November rapidly approaching, remember to vote 'Yes' for Referendum 88 to approve I-1000. Please read this article by Naomi Ishisaka, "Affirmative action debate in Washington takes an Orwellian turn" for more information.   ...
Approve I-1000: Fairness and Opportunity for All (10/18/2019) Posted in: Spotlight - As Washingtonians, we believe in fairness and opportunity for everyone. But we know that even in this strong economy, too many veterans, small businesses, women and diverse communities are being left behind. We can take a big step forward in creating opportunity and a level playing field for all by approving Initiative 1000 on our… ...
2019 NMSDC Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange (10/18/2019) Posted in: Council News - The Northwest Mountain MSDC had a productive week attending the NMSDC Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange in Atlanta from October 13th through October 16th. It was a week full of networking, workshops and Supplier Diversity discussions. The Council hosted the annual Private Reception at Paschal's following the Business Opportunity Exchange. Congratulations to Kevin Shirley, Co-Founder… ...
137th Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting (9/19/2019) Posted in: Council News, Opportunities & Networking, Spotlight - The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce hosted their 137th Annual Meeting September 19th at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. The luncheon included guest speakers Marilyn Strickland, President and CEO of the Seattle Metro Chamber, Gary Locke, former Washington state governor, Diana Birkett Rakow, Vice President of External Relations at Alaska Airlines and Hon. Jenny Durkan,… ...
Minority Business Enterprises Intersect with Healthcare and Life Science Organizations to Build Value (9/5/2019) Posted in: Spotlight - September 4, 2019 | Fernando Martinez | President & Chief Executive Officer Introduction: Business, IT, and Digital Transformation is the convergence point where information is leveraged in new and innovative ways to create a competitive advantage thus enabling organizational success. This is easier said than done. Barriers, including but not limited to expensive data preparation,… ...
UW Students Present “Supplier Diversity Toolkit” at the 2019 Annual Conference (6/25/2019) Posted in: Council News - University of Washington students, Lukas Garcia, Jaclyn Hill, Wenqi Huang, Ashlyn Reid and Sy Ruiz of the Supplier Diversity Program conducted research on building a Supplier Diversity Toolkit. With guidance from Michael Verchot, Director of the UW Consulting and Business Development Center and Fernando Martinez, CEO of the Northwest Mountain MSDC, they had the opportunity… ...
Supplier Diversity Presentation by Fernando Martinez (5/30/2019) Posted in: Council News - Fernando Martinez, President of the Northwest Mountain MSDC presented on Supplier Diversity at the Microsoft Supplier Diversity Day Event on May 28, 2019. Click Here to Access the Presentation ...
Fernando Martinez Advocates in Favor of I-1000 (4/23/2019) Posted in: Council News - Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of the Northwest Mountain MSDC, testified in favor of I-1000 on April 18, 2019 in Olympia, WA. The measure would amend I-200 passed in 1998 by Washington state voters. Read Fernando's testimony here ...
Special Announcement: Bobby Herrera Releases his First Book (3/29/2019) Posted in: Spotlight - Bobby Herrera, President of Populus Group, shares the release of his first book, The Gift of Struggle. In it, Bobby highlights the lessons from his Struggles that helped shape the Leader he is today. "Leadership Is About Sharing Your Gifts. Every struggle teaches us something. That’s the gift. That’s why I wrote this book. Each of my… ...
Tri-Council Minority Business Mega Summit (3/6/2019) Posted in: Council News, Development, Opportunities & Networking - The Tri-Council Minority Business Mega Summit, was a one-day business conference hosted in collaboration with the Western Regional Council and the Pacific Southwest Council. Together, council presidents Fernando Martinez, Cecil Plummer and Rainey Alben successfully hosted a full day of development, networking and connecting with MBEs and NMSDC Members from three regions on February 28,… ...