About This Webinar
Supplier diversity isn’t a new concept, but it’s one that has come into sharp focus in 2021. Companies are entering 2021 with a new and expansive definition of diversity that ensures their supply chains include goods and services from a diverse base of historically underrepresented minority, disabled, veteran, LGBTQ, and woman-owned businesses. Companies that serve diverse markets globally know that supplier diversity initiatives are a critical competitive advantage, helping to mitigate risk across supply chains, win new business, retain customers, and reinforce brand reputation.

By joining this webinar, you will learn:

· How to clearly define your DEI supplier policies and tracking mechanisms

· Best practices for sourcing and onboarding diverse suppliers

· Methods to structure and manage contracts to support supplier-diversity initiatives

· Ways to utilize data and analytics to track and showcase supplier diversity success

· How to coach suppliers and partners to amplify and extend an organization’s diversity efforts

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Maya Sharma - Special Guest
Author - Paving - Conversations with Incredible Women Who are Shaping Our World
Maya Sharma is an 11th-grade student at Eastside Preparatory School in Washington State. She has won several prizes in science, math, essay writing, and arts at school, state, and national competitions. Maya loves to travel globally, read books, play piano, and spend time with her friends. Maya has been writing for her school newsletter since 4th grade. She has tackled the topics of technology, automation, diversity, politics, and gender equality in her columns. She won first place in a state-wide essay competition organized by World Affairs Council. Her essay on “Strategies and Solutions to solve the Global Water Crisis” focused on strategies that every community can embrace.
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Bernadette Bulacan - Speaker
Vice President, Evangelism at Icertis
Entrepreneur and technology evangelist committed to disrupting complex and global enterprises through the use of technology, artificial intelligence and data science. Leading expert on the use of legal technology, KPIs and data to drive efficiencies within the profession. Partner with innovative organizations, product and strategy teams to identify new markets and develop game-changing tools and technologies.

Former law firm partner and assistant general counsel with broad experience assisting entrepreneurs, early technology start-ups and emerging companies to successfully complete a wide range of critical transactions and meet long-term business objectives. Member of the start-up team that founded Serengeti Tracker (Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker), the leading e-billing and matter management software for corporate legal departments (acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010). Following acquisition, held several leadership roles throughout Thomson Reuters and served as one of its global thought-leaders in its Legal business division. Passionate leader dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
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Joel Gillespie - Speaker
Program Manager, Supplier Diversity at Microsoft
Experienced Supply Chain Management professional with strong analytical and problem solving skills. I have broad multifunctional leadership experience in many areas of business operations, supplier diversity, finance, project management, program management, brand promotion and procurement. I love all things aviation-related and have a passion for travel and innovative technology.
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Kareem Mohamednur - Speaker
Director at PWC
Kareem is a Director with PwC based out of Chicago, Illinois. He works in the Operations Transformation team within PwC's Advisory practice, focusing on helping organizations transform their procurement capabilities and the value they get from their supplier relationships (cost optimization, supplier diversity, sustainable supply, etc.). His experiences include procurement diagnostic, strategic sourcing, standing up supplier diversity programs, driving sustainability in the supply base, source-to-pay optimization, leveraged spend, procurement org design and category strategy. He has experience leading projects for Private Equity, Fortune 500 and middle market manufacturing companies in the consumer products, retail, pharma, financial services and industrial product sectors.
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Jenn VandeZande - Speaker
Editor in Chief at SAP
Jenn is an experienced writer, editor, and strategist, and is the Editor in Chief of The Future of Customer Engagement & Experience, an industry award-winning site. She's worked with brands to provide strategic planning, thought leadership, SEO guidance, copy and marketing content, technical writing, corporate communications, and grant writing. She donates her time to several non-profits, assisting with their strategic planning, messaging, social, and branding efforts.
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Laura V. Garcia - Host
Senior Editor at BizClik Media Group
Engaging and Informative Freelance Business Writer with a Supply Chain Focus.

Supply chain professional with 20+ years of experience in contracts, supplier selection, management, negotiations, and process improvements.

Elon Musk wasn’t wrong when he said: “The supply chain stuff is really tricky.” My job is to help you make the “tricky” sound less tricky. Providing you with clear, informative and engaging content with an authoritative voice. Helping you to demonstrate industry leadership by staying abreast of current activities and trends.
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