UW Students Present “Supplier Diversity Toolkit” at the 2019 Annual Conference

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.

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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/

Tri-Council Minority Business Mega Summit

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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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!

 Earl Overstreet, President and Owner of GMI

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.

Meet Sharon S. Lucas, Board Chairperson of Northwest Mountain MSDC

Sharon S. Lucas, Program Manager, Integrated Services | Indirect Supply Chain, Supply Chain and Operations, The Boeing Company

“Supplier diversity is a business imperative,” said Sharon S. Lucas, the new Board Chairperson of Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC), when asked about the importance of supplier diversity.

Sharon is currently Program Manager, Strategic Work Placement within the Integrated Services | Indirect Supply Chain, Supply Chain & Operations at the Boeing Company. Sharon and her team are responsible for identifying, developing and advocating for a pool of minority suppliers, while partnering and collaborating with procurement for supplier bid list recommendations. In addition, they support organizations such as the Northwest Mountain MSDC in developing suppliers to maximize supplier diversity goals.

Sharon has been affiliated with the Council since 2010 and has served as Board Secretary since 2016. In January, 2018, Sharon was appointed as Interim Board Chairperson when Gary Sheneman (of Microsoft Corporation), former Board Chairperson concluded his term. On March 16, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to confirm Sharon as the Board Chairperson.

In her 28 years with Boeing, Sharon has held a wide variety of Management and cross functional assignments and progressive leadership roles within Indirect Supply Chain, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Defense, Space & Security.  Prior to her current role, Sharon served as the Chief of Staff to the Indirect Supply Chain Vice President and in the role as Supplier Relationship Management Program Manager. In her more previous roles, she managed a team of procurement agents supporting organizations on IT Infrastructure and Information Security. Sharon is also a former Major in the United States Army Reserve and obtained her Six Sigma Green Belt certification from The Boeing Company.

Sharon has a long history of being a strong champion and advocate for minority businesses. She is currently serving her second two-year term as the Boeing Leadership Network Executive Board, Community Outreach Chair. In February, 2018, Sharon was honored with the 2018 Modern Day Technology Award presented by CCG Group at the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM Award Ceremony in Washington, DC. In 2016, Sharon was honored with a Women of Color STEM Technology All-Stars award at the Women of Color STEM Awards Conference.

In March, 2017, Sharon and the Enterprise Supplier Diversity team reached a milestone when The Boeing Company was awarded the 2016 National Corporation of the Year Award at the Northwest Mountain 2017 Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction. Just one year later, Sharon returned to the same stage as the Council’s Board Chairperson where she presented awards of recognition to the 2017 Leadership Awards for MBEs/suppliers.

Learn about Supplier Diversity at Boeing.