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

Dr. Timothy E. Findley, Division Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Norton Healthcare. Dr. Findley is a member of the Executive Committee of the Kentucky Minority Business Council and a founding member and treasurer of the Kentucky Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). Dr. Findley is also currently chairman of the Supplier Diversity Committee of Premier Inc. He is a board member of Louisville's Father Maloney's Boys' Haven, and former board member of the Volunteers of America, the Kentucky Industries for the Blind, and Louisville Central Community Centers. He received his doctor of education in Leadership Education from Spalding University. He earned his bachelor degree from the University of Louisville, an associate degree in theology from Aenon Bible College and has an MBA from Webster University. Dr. Findley has been certified by Cornell University as a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional (CCDP). This is a very prestigious designation in the area of diversity and inclusion.

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