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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 of American Soul Brothers and Eric Albinson, Director of Sales at BigR.io for winning the MBE Scholarships!
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”!
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 to share their findings at our 2019 Annual Conference hosted on June 19, 2019.
Fernando Martinez, President of the Northwest Mountain MSDC presented on Supplier Diversity at the Microsoft Supplier Diversity Day Event on May 28, 2019.
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, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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AT&T remained in the top three position for the second year, and top six on the 2018 Top Companies for Supplier Diversity. The company continues to build on the success of its supplier diversity program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. AT&T’s DiversityInc profile made note of approximately $14.4 billion spend with diverse suppliers, representing 25.2% of total procurement spend for 2017. Over the last 50 years, AT&T has spent approximately $158 billion with minority, women and service disabled veteran businesses.
Union Bank emphasized its commitment to diversity in its 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Annual Report, reporting $172 million in diverse spend, representing 13.2% of the bank’s total discretionary spending and surpassing their Community Service Action Plan (CSAP) goal.
“Our supplier diversity initiative has become the standard bearer for our peer banks as well as other major nonfinancial corporations,” said Richard Chacon, Director of Supplier Diversity and Development at Union Bank.
In addition, Union Bank’s Business Diversity Lending program provided over $31.4 million financing to 433 Diverse Business Enterprises (DBEs).
The Boeing Company also made the Top 50 Companies for Diversity list and ranked number two on the Top 10 Companies for Veterans list. Boeing leads inclusion and diversity through several business resource groups and diversity chapters. In the Northwest Mountain region, Boeing holds informational sessions, participates in outreach events, and fully engages in opportunity development for diverse businesses.
The 2018 Noteworthy list, whom DiversityInc described as “having the potential to make Top 50,” included Northwest Mountain MSDC Corporate Members Amazon and Intel Corporation.
The criteria for judging the Top 50 list are analyzed using sophisticated SAS software in 4 areas: Talent Pipeline (workforce breakdown, recruitment, diameter of existing talent), Talent Development (employee resource groups, mentoring, philanthropy, movement, fairness), Leadership Accountability (responsible for results, communications, visibility), and Supplier Diversity (Percent of Tier I and Tier II spend with minority, women, LGBT, disabled and veteran-owned businesses).
For the 2018 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity and other 2018 lists, visit www.diversityinc.com/st/DI_Top_50.
The 2018 Diversity Inc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, https://www.diversityinc.com/st/DI_Top_50
AT&T Profile from DiversityInc, https://www.diversityinc.com/att
MUFG Union Bank CSR Annual Report, https://www.unionbank.com/Images/CSR-Annual-Report.pdf
Boeing Profile from DiversityInc, https://www.diversityinc.com/the-boeing-company
Images from DiversityInc.com
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