Journey in Supplier Diversity: Building meaningful Partnerships with Diverse Owned Firms Tuesday, 9 November 2021 from 9:00 AM – 9:40 AM

Corporate America is waking up to the importance of investing in more minority-owned businesses to tackle modern business challenges and opportunities, as well as advance inclusive economic opportunities around the world. Like many companies sincerely committed to diversity and inclusion, Microsoft is keen on giving minority-owned businesses an equal footing in every aspect of procurement. The Global Supplier Diversity Initiative looks at the full lifecycle of supplier diversity-from youth programs to supplier development offerings. Join this lively, thought-provoking session about how core values around diversity and inclusion are helping build strategic partnerships with diverse organizations.

Key Takeaways:

  • Think differently about how you can support greater economic opportunities for diverse owned suppliers. Understand the value of diversifying your supplier base.

  • Gather tips and best practices for defining, certifying, training, and evaluating minority-owned businesses suppliers.


Portrait photo of Michael Lawings Michael Lawings
Regional Director, Real Estate & Security Americas, Microsoft
Portrait photo of Meredith Leapley Meredith Leapley
Founder & CEO, Leapley Construction Group
Portrait photo of Sandi Piatz Sandi Piatz
Sr. Director Community Program Management Global Workplace Services, Microsoft
Portrait photo of T. Dallas Smith T. Dallas Smith
CEO & President, T. Dallas Smith & Company


Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Supply Chain

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