Developing and Managing an Effective Supplier Diversity Program (DV358)

In an effort to comply with government regulations and to gain a competitive advantage, many organizations have designed and implemented supplier diversity strategies and programs. This workshop will examine:

  • Gaining competitive advantage through supplier diversity
  • Essentials of the supplier diversity program
  • Establishing your supplier diversity profile to realize business goals and to benchmark comparable organizations in order to improve your own

Key Topics

  • The need for a strategic approach to supplier diversity
    • Ten strategies for improving supplier diversity programs
    • Ten strategies for making the relationship work
  • Identifying and overcoming potential obstacles in implementing a supplier diversity program
    • The best sources
    • Making a strong business case
    • Supplier diversity as an integral part of a diversity strategy
    • An examination of challenges and opportunities
    • Measuring and tracking success
    • Training and education on supplier diversity
  • Supplier diversity fact vs. fiction
    • Why supplier diversity programs fail
    • Why supplier diversity relationships are often difficult
    • Organizational image as a barrier to supplier diversity
  • Why procurement must partner with the entire organization to ensure success
  • Holding managers accountable for supplier diversity
  • Building and marketing an effective supplier diversity plan

Special Features

  • Extensive case study and application
  • Overview of best practices in supplier diversity
  • Exceptional guest speakers

Who Will Benefit

Purchasing managers, purchasing officials, supplier diversity managers, diversity professionals, and others responsible for supplier diversity and supply chain management

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Dr. Timothy E. Findley

Tim Findley is Division Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Kindred Healthcare. In the position Findley has overall responsibility for the creation and implementation of the enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion strategy.  Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-90 private employer in the United States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of approximately $7.2 billion. Kindred through its subsidiaries had approximately 102,000 employees providing healthcare services in 2,700 locations in 46 states.

Dr. Findley has a doctoral degree from Spalding University, an MBA from Webster University, and a bachelor degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Findley is certified as a diversity professional/advanced practitioner by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he is also a member of the adjunct faculty teaching leadership, diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency.  Dr. Findley also is or has been an adjunct instructor at Webster University, Spalding University, Sullivan University, the University of Phoenix, and Jefferson Community College.   

Dr. Findley is former chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Father Maloney’s Boy’s Haven and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Lincoln Foundation. Dr. Findley was also chairperson of the Premier Supplier Diversity Committee.  Premier is one of the nation’s largest performance improvement alliances of approximately 3,400 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers. They bring together hospitals, health systems, physicians and other healthcare providers with the goal to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care.  He is a former board member of the Volunteers of America, the Louisville Central Community Centers, and the Kentucky Industrials for the Blind.  Dr. Findley has been a presenter at numerous conferences regionally and nationally, speaking on topics of leadership, diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, and communications.

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