Opinion | John Lewis | Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

By Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral.

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.


John Lewis, the civil rights leader and congressman who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death.

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Northwest Mountain MSDC Recognizes Excellence in Performance

NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN MSDC RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE

The Northwest Mountain MSDC recognizes excellence in performance annually. On Friday, June 26, 2020, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) recognized organizations and individuals that excel at advocating, promoting, and contracting with Minority Business Enterprises. The 2019 Award Winners are:

Advocacy Awards: Presented to individuals who exemplify an unselfish commitment to Minority Business Enterprise Development.

John A. Gilmore Award: Matt Iseri, TokuSaku Consulting

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award: Javier Valdez, State Representative and Roger Millar, WA State Department of Transportation

Robert L. Ryan Award: Catherine Martin, J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation

Leadership Awards:  Presented to Minority Business Enterprises that deliver excellence in performance and value to private or public sector customers.

Class 1 Supplier – Annual Revenues up to $1M dollars: Humbition Consulting, LLC

Class 2 Supplier – Annual Revenues between $1M – $10M dollars: Ahora Construction, LLC

Class 3 Supplier – Annual Revenues between $10M – $50M dollars: Viking Engineering + Construction

Class 4 Supplier – Annual Revenues above $50M: World Wide Technology, Inc.

Leadership Awards: Presented to the Public Agency and Private Sector Corporations that commit to the practice of Minority Business Enterprise inclusion.

Public Agency of the year: University of Washington

National Corporation of the year: Starbucks Corporation

Partnership Awards:  Presented to the organization that has, over a period of time, collaborated, supported, and participated in the growth and development of the Northwest Mountain MSDC.

Partnership of the Year: University of Washington Consulting and Business Development Center

Partnership of the Year: TRIO Group

President’s Award: Presented to the individual that supports the Northwest Mountain MSDC in an outstanding manner throughout the year without expectation of recognition.

Chi Y. Pak, T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Title Sponsor Award: Presented to the organization that has assumed leadership for underwriting all Northwest Mountain MSDC major events.

Title Sponsor Award: T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Congratulations to all our Award Winners!

About the Council

Founded in 1978, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive economic value by equalizing opportunities.  As an affiliate of the National MSDC, the Council certifies minority owned businesses and provides access to supplier development, supply chain inclusion, networking events and formal introductions. The Council serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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Quinault Solutions a NWMMSDC MBE Highlight

The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council is pleased to highlight Quinault Solutions (QS) based in Hoquiam, Washington. QS, a Native led certified MBE sourcing company specializing in the supply of U.S. sourced, environmentally friendly copy and printing papers, is one of several enterprises of the Quinault Indian Nation.

QS is a tier two supply source and does not sell directly to end users.  QS sells copy and printing paper through fulfillment distribution partners.

“We partner with well-managed, financially strong, environmentally conscious, reliable suppliers, and service vendors ensuring high quality at competitive pricing.  We are often asked if we would have enough supply to support our largest national customers, and the answer is YES!” says Nelson Dan, QS General Manager.

Quinault Solutions partners with U.S. based paper manufacturers and distributors to help end users achieve their customer satisfaction goals.  Nelson Dan states, “One of our strengths is that we can work directly through our customer’s current supplier.  Our customers can achieve their diverse purchasing goals without changing suppliers. It truly is a win for all involved.”

“The Quinault Indian Nation wants to grow its businesses; however, we want to make sure the impact we have on our environment is positive.  We are excited to offer environmentally friendly paper from NORPAC Paper in Longview, WA.  NORPAC is the maker of the Natural Choice line of papers.  The Natural Choice paper is competitively priced, and compared to traditional copy paper has 92% less impact on the earth, 74% less waste to landfill, 44% less CO², 47% less water used and 44% less impact on human health,” says Nelson Dan.

Mr. Dan states, “As we grow our list of partners across the United States, we are proud of the work we are doing and the impact we have on our local Tribe, our business partners and a positive effect on our environment. Together we make a difference.”

For more information on how you can partner with Quinault Solutions, visit their website at www.quinaultsolutions.com or call Quinault Solutions directly at 360-538-5656.

Approve I-1000: Fairness and Opportunity for All

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 November ballot.

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137th Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

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, Mayor of City of Seattle. The theme of this year’s luncheon, “Making Our Mark” was highlighted throughout the event. Watch the video below to hear Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of the NWMMSDC, speak more about “Making Our Mark”!

Minority Business Enterprises Intersect with Healthcare and Life Science Organizations to Build Value

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, structural, cultural and business politics, growth, and vendor lock-in can complicate transformation and possibly derail an advantageous market position. Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) are in a position where their creativity and innovativeness aptly intersect with the Healthcare and Life Science Organizations to solve problems and create value for all stakeholders – patients, Healthcare and Life Sciences organizations, MBEs and Society.

Healthcare and Life Sciences Current State:

Projected to reach $10.059 trillion by 2022 global healthcare spending continues to increase dramatically. Small niche companies where most new drugs are discovered, appear to be driving innovation. Conversely, with increasing spend how do Healthcare and Life Sciences (Hc & LS) organizations optimize their Return-on-Investment where over the last 9 years returns have fallen to their lowest ever for 12 large cap biopharma organizations? R & D returns amounted to 1.9% in 2018 compared to 10.1% in 2010. This definitively indicates a shift in the industry (2019 Global Life Sciences Outlook).

It is predicted that digital transformation can save $300 billion in the Hc & LS sector – more specifically in chronic disease. To remain competitive, Hc & LS organizations must solve three key problems.

First, solve the problem created by the three most mentioned barriers to digital transformation in the pharmaceutical and medical-technology industry: culture and mindset; organizational structure; and, governance. Culture, like many other industries, is the biggest hurdle!

Second, costs associated with lack of persistence (continuous use of the prescribed medication), compliance (following the prescribed treatment plan), and adherence (filling and following the prescribed treatment plan) is costly simply because patients do not achieve expected outcomes. Failure to adhere to the prescribed medicine regimen bears several ramifications and significant costs (Jones, Peter, Rutter, & Somauroo, 2019):

– 50 – 60% of patients with chronic illnesses miss doses, take the wrong doses, or drop off treatment in the first year.

– It is estimated 125,000 lives are lost annually in the US due to nonadherence.

– Estimated that $290 Billion dollars are spent as a result of nonadherence.

– 10% of hospitalizations are considered avoidable through improved medication adherence.

Third, invest in leveraging big data as a competitive advantage. It is estimated that 80% of the cost to using data is in data preparation. This information is important because it will be used to automatically identify risk factors and recommend preventative treatment. It is this ability to convert big data to high value analytics that will drive a real and essential competitive advantage (Wilder-James, 2017).

Solving these three problems will positively impact pharmaceutical-industry revenues. Inventive and Innovative MBEs can solve these problems. Inventive and Innovative MBEs can enter the existing marketplace as partners to already established transformative organizations thereby netting additional value for all stakeholders. This opportunity enables growth for MBEs within this industry while delivering significant value to our Hc & LS members.

Healthcare and Life Sciences Opportunity:

Although much progress has been made in transforming the Hc & LS Industry into an agile, customer centric, competitive industry, there is still more to be done. MBEs can play an integral part in the innovation of already existing digital transformation tools and processes (2019 Global Life Sciences Outlook):

– Patient empowerment growth is facilitated through Personalized Medicine with help from advances in healthcare analytics, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. As the Hc & LS industry shifts to value-based personalized medicine is required to deliver healthcare to patients and the many stakeholders.

– Medtech is another Hc & LS sector where growth is projected over the next 5 years.

– Software-as-a-Medical Device (SaMD) is a rapidly growing area of innovation.

– As more Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) become connected to the Internet, cybersecurity programs must be strengthened to protect patients.

– Licensing, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), and/or Joint Ventures are an attractive source of innovation and reduced R&D investments and diminishing returns.

o In 2018 Transformative Acquisitions ranged between $60 – $70 billion.

o Innovation is stimulating nontraditional partnerships.

– Small Gene Based Therapeutic Startups are disrupting the traditional pharma culture. The challenge is that the pharma’s value chain is built around traditional products, while next-generation therapies are built around the patient.

– Tech Giants (Google, Amazon) are diversifying into Hc & LS sector leveraging big data and artificial intelligence for prediction and prevention as well as machine learning to mine and decode unstructured data in medical records.

– A growing networked ecosystem requires Management of Third-Party Risk.

– New value chain should keep Patients at the Core when new, creative, innovative processes and tools are being designed.

– Outsourcing for Strategic Relationships in biologics, data-driven clinical innovation, manufacturing capacity, expertise in advance technologies such as AI, Robotic and Cognitive Automation, and Cloud Computing to increase efficiencies, lower costs, and decrease clinical timelines.

These and other opportunities exist where MBEs may engage, innovate, add scaled value, and create a competitive advantage.

We are Here for a Purpose:

We are here to create a better society through improved healthcare in a competitive and sustainable manner. We come together to create an intersection of companies, building an ecosystem of differing expertise, enabling the design and development of the next original, creative, and relevant idea that will bring value to patients, Hc& LS members, MBEs, and, for the benefit of society at large. As leaders of Supply Chain Diversity, we understand that individuals and companies offer differing perspectives thereby leading to richer problem solving, and more creative outputs. Not only must organizations look to the obvious (leverage big data analytics, course correct the culture to a more collaborative one, and be part of the growing digital transformation in every aspect of Hc & LS) to gain a competitive advantage, organizations must be inclusive of a Diverse Supply Chain in their quest to innovate as an added competitive advantage.


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Reference:

Industry Report, 2019 Global life sciences outlook | Focus and Transform | Accelerating change in life sciences (January 31, 209). Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu Limited

https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/life-sciences-and-health-care/articles/us-and-global-lifesciences-industry-trends-outlook.html

Jones, G. L., Zinaida, P., Rutter, K.A., Somauroo, A. (2019) Promoting and overdue digital transformation in healthcare. McKinsey & Company

https://healthcare.mckinsey.com/promoting-overdue-digital-transformation-healthcare

Wilder-James, E. (2017 Winter).The Data-Driven Manager, Making the Numbers Work for you. Harvard Business Review.

Special Announcement: Bobby Herrera Releases his First Book

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 struggles ultimately taught me something. Through those lessons I discovered struggle is the currency of progress. My hope is that my stories of struggle inspire you to view your struggles differently. You have more potential than you realize. There has never been a greater need for compassionate leadership. ” – Bobby Herrera

The book contains:

  • Personal stories of his own struggles
  • The life-changing lessons he learned
  • A new way to lead from your head and your heart

For more information and to order Bobby’s book, visit https://bobby-herrera.com/

Northwest Mountain MSDC Hits Four Decades of MBE Supply-Chain Inclusion

Volume II 2018
By Genny Hom-Franzen

Fernando Martinez believes corporations that have not embraced supplier diversity are missing the mark. “They are not creating value for their stakeholders / shareholders by continuing to take the easy way out and remaining status quo,” he said. “They are alienating the consumer market. The market always reaches equilibrium. The prudent consumers align themselves to organizations that share their values. Failure to be inclusive in a meaningful way — as the market becomes more diverse — is a sure way to lose market share, customers and revenue.”

Martinez should know. For almost 10 years, he has served as president and CEO of the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. “Being able to serve our region for 40 years is our biggest success. Our council’s longevity has established us as an institution within a region where MBEs [minority business enterprises] are truly the minority,” he said, referring to the Northwest Mountain region where ethnic minorities make up less than 25 percent of the population.

“The founding model of our organization — MBE inclusion within the supply chain, launched by The Boeing Co. — continues to exist today, but not without challenges,” Martinez said. “In the state of Washington, for example, legislations such as Initiative 200 are being misquoted to the detriment of minority-owned businesses. Given today’s economic environment, it is crucial that we innovate and build on the MBE inclusion model.

“While inclusion is our core focus, developing and growing MBEs remains as relevant as it was 40 years ago,” he continued. “At the end of the day, it’s about helping our members and MBE companies grow their businesses year over year, drive wealth into our communities, economically impact our region, create generational wealth and make our region a better place to live.”

While supplier diversity has helped minority-owned businesses grow and develop over the last 40 to 50 years, Martinez believes that currently, supplier diversity is being deprioritized. He said funding is dwindling, supplier diversity staffs are shrinking, supplier diversity practices are being absorbed into other departments as an adjunct role and — in some cases — supplier diversity is being completely shut down.

BRINGING PARITY TO SUPPLY CHAIN

“We must stave off this trend,” he said. “We must factually articulate the value a strong supplier diversity process delivers to the organization and its customers. Our advocacy/education must link supply-chain value to the customer-value chain.” To that end and to resolve these biases, Martinez is making education a top priority initiative at the council. He and his staff have provided MBE and member development training, including minority executive education, supplier diversity training for leadership and procurement teams, programs for innovators and industry experts and programs to connect business leaders who share the same values.

“Education and validation can silence some of the biases,” he said.
“Our goal is to support diversifying the workforce. By bringing parity to the supply chain and having an inclusive and diverse workforce, our council will have a much bigger impact on our communities,” Martinez said. “Parity will drive better community wages, better health care, better education, an increased tax base and, thus, empowered and vibrant communities. Once established, parity will gain momentum, self-perpetuate, build diverse companies and protect our communities of color from gentrification.”

Ultimately, via all its educational and development programs, initiatives and events, he said the council’s goal is to bring parity between the supply chains they support and the community demographic makeup.

In addition to the council’s ongoing educational programs, it will be celebrating with a 40th anniversary breakfast. Corporate and public agency members, MBEs, other partner organizations and friends will be gathering Oct. 10, 2018, at the Hilton Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington. The event will pay tribute and thanks to the council’s founding organization, Boeing. The council will present Legacy Awards to honor corporations, public agencies and MBEs that have been with the council for 10 years or more.

With 40 years of success to stand on, Martinez and his staff are poised for the future. “Thank you to all the corporate/public agency members and MBEs who have come before us,” he said. “We stand on your shoulders and dedicate ourselves to the continuous growth of our members, MBEs and community. We are committed to supporting the growth of our corporate/public agency members and MBEs — it is the path to keeping our diverse communities alive, growing and sustainable.”

For full article visit: Minority Business News USA

General Microsystems 35th Anniversary!

Bellevue, WA – General Microsystems Inc. (GMI) is proud to announce its thirty-fifth year as a leading information technology solutions provider in the Pacific Northwest. In the highly dynamic technology landscape, GMI has achieved over three decades of innovation and steady growth. The company will commemorate the occasion with a special event on the 18th of September. “This occasion gives us the opportunity to reflect on our journey and thank our customers, suppliers, partners, and community for their support,” said Earl Overstreet, founder and president of GMI.

GMI has played an active role in bringing a wide range of new technologies to local customers. Introducing clients to their first personal computer, word processor, local area network, multi-user computer, or laser printer was a routine for GMI. The company even developed a high capacity laser disk storage solution to support a University of Washington Applied Physics Lab Arctic expedition. GMI’s technology practice areas now include: Cybersecurity, Datacenter Infrastructure, IT Intelligence Software and the Cloud.

GMI helps large commercial enterprises and public sector government customers successfully build, operate, maintain, upgrade and evolve their IT and security resources. The company takes great pride in meeting the unique needs of their customers with flexibility, innovation and commitment to service. Taking a vendor-neutral approach, GMI’s solutions are drawn from their Bellevue team and a broad range of manufacturers, suppliers and partners. GMI has customer relationships that span decades with customers faced with the challenges of complex technology and business environments.

GMI has received various customer, industry and civic recognitions throughout its history. Earlier this year, Overstreet received the John A. Gilmore leadership award from the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council in recognition of his advocacy on behalf of supplier diversity. GMI was also a proud nominee of the 29th Annual Eastside Business Awards acknowledging outstanding Eastside businesses that uphold a strong commitment to quality, community and innovation.

A 35th year anniversary celebration is planned where Mayor John Chelminiak of the City of Bellevue will present a Letter of Commendation, and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce will recognize GMI’s long standing Eastside business history with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The celebration will be September 18th at GMI’s headquarters at 3220 118th Avenue S.E., Bellevue, Washington. Customers, partners, family and friends have been invited to enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks, music, and state of the art Virtual Reality and Video gaming entertainment!

About GMI

General Microsystems Inc. (GMI) is a full-service provider of IT infrastructure, security solutions, management tools and professional services. As a trusted advisor for enterprise, public sector and Fortune 500 companies, we have successfully managed customer growth for over 35 years. GMI offers a comprehensive set of datacenter infrastructure, security solutions, professional services and IT management software products to support complex computing environments. GMI partners with its clients to plan, procure, integrate and implement the right technology solution for each company’s unique environment.