Programs

Doing Business with Corporations

During this session, suppliers will have the chance to learn the ins and outs of securing and fulfilling corporate contracts. Senior supplier diversity leaders from a wide range of industries will come together to share their insights and best practices to help prepare suppliers to better fill supply chain gaps amidst major supply chain disruptions.

Filling Supply Chain Gaps Amidst Major Supply Chain Disruptions

Learn from corporation leaders at Ampcus, AT&T, Bristol Myers Squibb, Caesars Entertainment, CVS Health, Edwards Lifesciences, Enterprise Holdings, Foodbuy, Hilton, Kellogg's, Logitech, MGM, Nationwide, PepsiCo, Southern California Edison, Southern Company, T-Mobile, and Trane Technologies, UPS, Wells Fargo about how small businesses can best prepare to address supply chain issues and seize these opportunities.

Speakers 2022

Lindsay Broome

Lindsay Broome

Sr. Category Development Manager

Foodbuy

Lindsay Broome

Sr. Category Development Manager
Foodbuy

Lindsay Broome is the Sr. Category Development Manager for Supplier Diversity at Foodbuy, the largest foodservice procurement solutions organization in North America. Lindsay is responsible for adding new suppliers to the category portfolio, working to market and promote the growth of existing diverse suppliers, and leading the Foodbuy Supplier Accelerator Program. Lindsay’s more than 15 years of experience includes category development, marketing, and community outreach for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Lindsay received a Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. In addition, Lindsay also serves on the Coaching Tree for Sports Biz Camps, a non-profit focused on increasing social mobility for students through education, while expanding diversity within the sports industry.

Wendell Brown

Wendell G. Brown

Supplier Diversity Program Manager

Wells Fargo

Wendell G. Brown

Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Wells Fargo

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Roger Cheng

Senior Supplier Diversity Sourcing Manager

AT&T Services, Inc.

Roger Cheng

Senior Supplier Diversity Sourcing Manager
AT&T Services, Inc.

Roger Cheng recently joined AT&T as a Sr. Supplier Diversity Sourcing Manager. Prior to AT&T, Roger spent the previous 14+ years with M/WBEs in the technology space leading business development through Supplier Diversity.

Roger, also known as “The Voice,” has served as emcee or VOG for a number of organizations across the country. In 2017, Roger was recognized as the #Hes4Shes Champion at the WBENC National Conference.

Melody Davidson

Melody Davidson

Supplier Diversity Manage

UPS

Melody Davidson

Supplier Diversity Manage
UPS

Melody is aligned with the Transportation, Airline, Automotive and Plant Engineering Category Teams and is charged with helping the sub-category owners develop strategies for growing diverse spend. Melody also helps sourcing managers and other stakeholders find and engage qualified small and/or diverse suppliers. This includes developing and participating in supplier identification and development events and programs.

Prior to joining the Supplier Diversity Team in 2019, Melody held a variety of roles in the Transportation function at UPS, including vendor management responsibilities. Melody’s experience and broad network in the Transportation industry, has positioned her to lead our focused efforts on growing diverse spend in this category.

Melody supported Supplier Diversity events while in the Transportation group, and worked with The UPS Foundation for five years facilitating transport of disaster relief supplies all over the world. She also chaired the Women’s Leadership Development Program for the UPS Supply Chain Headquarters and was on the board of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta for 3 years.

Shakira Garcia

Shakira Garcia

Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability

Caesars Entertainment

Shakira Garcia

Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability
Caesars Entertainment

Barbette Hill

Barbette Hill Washington

Supplier Diversity Consultant, Staff

Southern Company

Barbette Hill Washington

Supplier Diversity Consultant, Staff
Southern Company

Barbette is a Supplier Diversity Professional at Southern Company. She provides Supplier Diversity Support to the Southern Company Power Generation Business Unit which consist of Georgia Power, Alabama Power, and Mississippi Power. Barbette has a BS in Business Administration from Mercyhurst University, an MS in Business from Nova Southeastern University and a PMP.

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Edkedsha (KeeKee) Mathis

Supplier Sustainability & Diversity Senior Leader

Trane Technologies

Edkedsha (KeeKee) Mathis

Supplier Sustainability & Diversity Senior Leader
Trane Technologies

Edkedsha (KeeKee) Mathis, Sr. Leader, Supplier Sustainability & Diversity for Trane Technologies beginning her new role in April 2021, is no stranger to the world of Supplier Diversity. Before deciding to accept her latest role at Trane Technologies, she worked in the automotive industry for thirteen years at Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. where she was the Supplier Diversity Manager. Her accolades include an array of awards, acknowledgements, and recognitions including but not limited to 2017 Corporation of the Year and Corporate Representative of the Year for (TSMSDC) TriState Minority Supplier Development Council and she has been recognized for many years as one of the Top 30 Diversity Professionals on a national level as a leader in the Supplier Diversity community. KeeKee brings more has more than 26+ years within purchasing which includes supporting as a regional buyer, service buyer, supply chain support, key user for all the purchasing systems and continuous improvement such as (TPM) Total Planned Maintenance, QCDSM, and Lean Management. She is committed to mentor diverse suppliers but also to build strategic “partnerships” and “alliances” with diverse suppliers. Now also leading supplier sustainability within her organization her role is the integration of social, ethical, and environmental performance factors into the process of selecting suppliers. The goal is to build strong, long term relationships with suppliers as we “Boldly challenge what’s possible for a sustainable world.”

Diversity within Procurement: Providing the tools and the access necessary for minority/diverse suppliers to be successful within our organization. This is to match or mimic our supplier base to our customer base. Our products represent many different styles, sizes, and unique options just as our community, customers, and employees who support our products.”

Sustainability within Procurement: We are climate innovators with the courage to look at our world's challenges and see endless opportunity. We aren't afraid to make bold commitments that set new standards to enhance the health and well-being of our communities, customers, employees, and planet.

Quote: “I alone can not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” - Mother Teresa

Matt Mc Kinley

Matt McKinley

Supply Management Procurement, Transmission/Substations/Major Projects

Southern California Edison

Matt McKinley

Supply Management Procurement, Transmission/Substations/Major Projects
Southern California Edison

Matt McKinley is a senior manager in Supply Management Procurement for construction of Transmission, Substations, and Major Projects at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utility. Matt is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in support of healthier and strong communities with a clean energy future.

Matt has over 35 years of Supply Chain experience and has supported many organizational business units across SCE with sourcing of materials and services.

Prior to joining Edison, Matt worked for Lockheed, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing in various capacities managing multi-million-dollar proposals and contracts within finance and procurement.

Matt is very passionate in supporting youth programs, including AYSO and club soccer. He enjoys traveling, exercise, hiking, golfing and spending time with family.

Matt holds a master's in business administration from Pepperdine University. He earned a bachelor's

degree in business with a major in finance from Kent State University. Matt holds a certificate in project management from UC Irvine. Matt is a lifetime C.P.M. and has a CPSM.

Steve Kopelic

Steve Kopelic

Americas Regional Indirect Procurement Director

McCormick & Company

Steve Kopelic

Americas Regional Indirect Procurement Director
McCormick & Company

Steve Kopelic is the Americas Regional Indirect Procurement Director for McCormick & Company. He has been with McCormick since 2013, which also included working in Packaging Procurement and as Strategic Procurement Projects Manager. Steve’s career has been within Procurement, including 10 years with Ford Motor Company and 5 years with H.J. Heinz. During his time at Ford, Steve spent 3 years at the China Sourcing Office in Nanjing, China managing the Interior Category team. He was also on assignment in China while working at Heinz which included a project in Qingdao and as Procurement Integration Manager in Shanghai.

Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Bruce Mizokam

Bruce Mizokami

VP, Indirect Sourcing

Edwards Lifesciences

Bruce Mizokami

VP, Indirect Sourcing
Edwards Lifesciences

Adam Moore

Adam Moore

Supplier Diversity Senior Manager

CVS Health

Adam Moore

Supplier Diversity Senior Manager
CVS Health

Adam Moore is the Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity for CVS Health, and is directly responsible for growing company spend with diverse suppliers. He is heavily involved in the supplier diversity space, relating specifically to technology and contingent labor. Adam is often sought out as a speaker and moderator on the topic of supplier diversity, has written for numerous blogs, and is the co-host of the Breaking Barriers: Building a Hire Ground podcast, which focuses on corporate supplier diversity and helping small businesses develop their brand. Adam is an expert incorporate sourcing strategies, emerging technologies, Big Data analytics, and information technology sourcing and staffing. Adam has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the GWBC Buyer of the Year Award in 2017, the GMPC Top Mentor Award in 2020, and the GMSDC Advocate of the Year & Buyer of the Year Awards in 2021. He has also been recognized for the FSRSD Game Changer Award in 2019 and USPAAC-SE Advocate of the Year Award in 2018.As part of his mission to impact his community, Adam is a site visit volunteer for the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). Through this initiative, Adam is able to help numerous Georgia Veteran businesses obtain their NaVOBA certifications and set them up for a vibrant, successful future. Adam also serves on several boards that help in promoting and developing diverse suppliers. He is currently the Co-Treasurer for the GMSDC, Co-Chair for the USPAACC-SE, and is a member of the GHCC Board. Adam is also committed to serving the BDR, and acts as a liaison to the USPAAC and the NVBDC. His great passion for mentoring has driven him to work with Georgia Mentor Protégée Connection (GMPC)as well as the GWBC and CWE mentoring programs. In these organizations, Adam has had the opportunity to develop several diverse firms, guiding them to double their gross revenue and confidently grow into new markets. Adam holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Brenau University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from North Georgia College. He is married to Kristine Moore and has three children.

Dwayne Norris

Dwayne Norris

Corporate Supplier Diversity Manager

Enterprise Holdings

Dwayne Norris

Corporate Supplier Diversity Manager
Enterprise Holdings

Dwayne Norris has worked for Enterprise Holdings for the past 17 years. During his time he has served on the North American DE&I Team for Enterprise Holdings for two years from 2018-2020 and the Southeast Region DE&I Team for Enterprise Holdings two years from 2020-2022. He managed daily rental operations as an Area Manager with Enterprise in Orlando FL, including the Orlando International Airport (Largest car rental facility in the world). He is an Alumni of the University of Florida where he earned a BA in History w/ concentration on General Business. He was also a student athlete, playing football at the University of Florida from 2001-2004 (Defensive Tackle). Dwayne was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.

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Itu Otu

Global Supplier Diversity Lead

Logitech

Itu Otu

Global Supplier Diversity Lead
Logitech

Sundari Pai

Sundari Pai

Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity

Bristol Myers Squibb

Sundari Pai

Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity
Bristol Myers Squibb

Sundari Pai Luts is the Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity at Bristol Myers Squibb and supports the development, expansion and execution of the corporate wide global supplier diversity strategy, program, policies and procedures working with internal and external business partners to ensure alignment with BMS's Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy. Sundari's efforts across BMS enterprise also include collaborating with, People Business & Resource Group (PBRG), D&I, corporate affairs and government affairs. She is strong proponent of diversity and inclusion and currently is the community co-lead for Disability Advancement Workforce Network (DAWN) PBRG promoting disability inclusion in the workplace and community. Her previous role included leading all strategic communications as well as Power2Impact community outreach program for supplier diversity. Sundari brings a unique perspective, working previously for diverse businesses and now at Bristol Myers Squibb within the Strategic Sourcing & Procurement organization for the last 4 years.

Sundari has over 16 years of experience in supplier diversity and strategic communications in both commercial and government sectors. She has previously worked in leadership positions for woman and minority business entrepreneurs where she managed their supplier diversity programs and led strategic communications and marketing strategies. Sundari has a passion for supplier diversity and cultivates this passion through her active engagement with various Minority Business Councils, State Offices, Chambers of Commerce and other institutions, like Disability:IN, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) where she is a currently a member of WBENC’s NextGEN Advisory board. She is also past board of directors' member of US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) NorthEast chapter and has also worked on various committees at the NY&NJ Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council). Sundari is also a mentor, coach and advocate to many small & diverse businesses, and community partners playing a strategic role in growth of many of them. She was recently named 2021 Top 25 Diversity Change Leader by DiversityPlus publication.

Sundari has a Master’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Maine and a Bachelor’s degree in Print and Media Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young children.

Debra Quade

Debra Quade

Supplier Diversity Manager

Kellogg's

Debra Quade

Supplier Diversity Manager
Kellogg's

Debra Quade is the Supplier Diversity Manager at Kellogg Company. Prior to joining Kellogg, she served as Supplier Diversity Specialist at Toyota Boshoku America in Erlanger, Kentucky and Magna Donnelly in Holland, Michigan. Debra serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in addition to leading a MiDiCo module for supplier inclusion and opportunity. She represents Kellogg Company on the National Minority Supplier Development Council Working Group, and the Corporate Advisory Council for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in addition to participating on the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Programs Committee, the Food Marketing Institute Group Supplier Diversity Committee, WEConnect International Agricultural Industry Group and the Food & Beverage Industry Group.

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Ann Anjali Ramakumaran

Founder and CEO

Ampcus, Inc.

Ann Anjali Ramakumaran

Founder and CEO
Ampcus, Inc.

Anjali Ann Ramakumaran, Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc. (Ampcus), is a technology savvy entrepreneur with more than 15 years of contribution towards the design, development and delivery of leading edge Technology Solutions and Human Capital Management across the globe. Under her leadership she has cultivated Ampcus into a fast growing Consulting and Professional Services firm. For eight consecutive years (2009-2016), she has been recognized as a top Asian American owned business by the USPAACC. In addition, for the past seven consecutive years (2010-2016), she has been honored as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned Businesses in the CONUS by the Women Presidents Organization. Under Ann’s leadership, Ampcus has made the Inc. 500/5000 list and has been recognized as a Top Diversity Business for the past 7 years (2010-2016). Ann was also awarded Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by WIT and most recently received the Chairman’s Award for Inspirational Leadership from the CRMSDC. Ampcus has also received the Global Growth Award from Astra Women’s Business Alliance, Supplier of the Year Award from the GMSDC and the Top Asian American Business Award from the USPAACC-SE.

Ann works closely with her Advisory Board, whose advice/input on strategy and direction helps her drive the company to attain its vision of being one of the largest and most successful high performing Professional Services companies globally. She has been actively involved in executing a consultative methodology to define, qualify and quantify Ampcus’ target clients, determine their strategic IT and business objectives and from this developed solutions which proactively address their current and evolving demands and needs.

Ann serves on the CRMSDC Board of Directors, WPEO Leadership Committee and the USPAACC Scholarship Committee. She has been a speaker at numerous National and Local Procurement and Diversity Conferences. In addition, Ann has mentored several women and minority start up’s in an effort to help them grow their business. Ann holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business and Commercial Management from India and has completed Executive Management from the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond Virginia and an Advanced Management from the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University Illinois.

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Simone Ray

Director, Corporate Procurement & Supplier Diversity

Hilton

Simone Ray

Director, Corporate Procurement & Supplier Diversity
Hilton

Simone Ray leads Hiltons award-winning Supplier Diversity program, advancing their commitment to increase diversity in supply chain. She partners with HSM category leaders to identify, develop, and mentor minority suppliers. Simone also collaborates closely with Hilton’s D&I team and is always looking for a referral to small and minority business owners!  She is originally from Orlando, Florida and attended Florida State University with a concentration on Merchandising. She’s worked with leading retail companies such as Macy’s and JC Penney, holding positions in buying, planning and product development. For her work at Hilton, she was named Buyer of the Year in 2020 by Minority Business News USA. In her free time Simone enjoys hosting events and meeting like-minded creative and community leaders.

Nat alie Robinson

Natalie Robinson

Global Supplier Diversity

Meta

Natalie Robinson

Global Supplier Diversity
Meta

With over 15 years of experience spearheading innovation and process improvement in the entertainment, media and tech industry, Natalie is a passionate thought leader with extensive experience driving collaboration, openness, and engagement through clear communication and a culture of mutual respect in the diversity & inclusion space. Natalie has a solid background in supplier diversity and has demonstrated the aptitude for architecting programs from the ground up, managing people, resources, and budgets. In her current role at Meta (also known as Facebook, Inc.), she is driving inclusive supply chain strategy and creating unique solutions by leveraging her expertise and strengths in building cross-functional relationships that maximize results. Today, Natalie is continuing the important work of increasing spend with diverse-owned businesses, which is making a difference in our communities and impacting lives globally.

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Michelle Smith

Relationship Management & Supplier Diversity Director

Nationwide

Michelle Smith

Relationship Management & Supplier Diversity Director
Nationwide

Michelle is a Procurement Leader and a PMI certified project management professional who leads teams and influences strategy by implementing supplier focused programs and defining the infrastructure needed to sustain them. She currently leads a team responsible for Procurement Relationship Management, Supplier Diversity, and Procurement Sustainability. Her experience includes managing procurement teams such as Corporate Travel and External Workforce Management, building supplier management programs, and establishing procurement policy and governance. Michelle has a passion for engaging stakeholders and driving alignment between business strategy and stakeholder expectations through mutually beneficial supplier/client relationships. Key highlights from her 20+ years of experience includes:

  • 15+ years of global supplier management and sourcing experience in the Financial Services, Insurance, and Healthcare industries, for companies including JPMorgan Chase, Wachovia, Cardinal Health, and currently Nationwide Insurance
  • Led Organizational Change Management for business applications that support Business Operations and Procurement functions
  • Managed Supplier Management analytics teams for Corporate Services and IT with a focus on delivering action-oriented supplier and market insights to stakeholders
  • Co-developed and managed operations management policies such as Enterprise Code of Conduct, Travel & Expense Management, External Workforce Management
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Tobias Thornwell

Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager

MGM National Harbor

Tobias Thornwell

Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager
MGM National Harbor

Tobias Thornwell is the Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager for MGM National Harbor, a $1.4 billion resort and casino located on the banks of the Potomac River in National Harbor, MD. He is responsible for developing and overseeing all procurement activities including vendor sourcing, purchasing, vendor contracts, and supplier diversity for the property. Mr. Thornwell is focused on ensuring that MGM National Harbor continues to meet or exceed its spending goals with certified diverse suppliers with the State of Maryland and Prince George’s County.

Mr. Thornwell has more than 12 years of purchasing and supply chain management experience in the food service industry. Prior to joining MGM National Harbor, Mr. Thornwell served as National Product Manager/Regional Buyer at The Chef’s Warehouse in Hanover, MD, and Lead COP Buyer/Product Line Manager at US Foods in Severn, MD.

Mr. Thornwell earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!). He also holds a Certified Purchasing Manager certification (C.P.M.), and a Certified Professional in Supply Management certification (CPSM) from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Mr. Thornwell is originally from the Bronx, New York and enjoys traveling.

Trung Tieu

Trung Tieu

Supplier Diversity Global Procurement Manager

PepsiCo

Trung Tieu

Supplier Diversity Global Procurement Manager
PepsiCo

In his role as a Supplier Diversity Manager at PepsiCo, Trung drives economic inclusion by increasing the development and utilization of diverse-owned business enterprises (DivBEs) within PepsiCo. Trung began his career at PepsiCo in the Quaker Foods & Snacks division where he monitored innovation launches and designed product development processes.

Trung currently serves as Chair of the NGLCC (National LGBT Chamber of Commerce) Procurement Council. He has previously served as Co-Chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Advisory Council and as the Co-Chair of the Chicago chapter of EQUAL (PepsiCo’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) and on the boards of the LGBT Community Center of Milwaukee and as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Windy City Performing Arts.

Trung continues to be actively engaged with PepsiCo’s employee resource groups across all diverse populations with special attention to the LGBTQ and Asian groups. In 2021 he moderated panel focused on intersectional Asian American-LGBTQ owned businesses and “Courage Conversations” for PepsiCo associates around the #StopAsianHate.

He is a two-time recipient of PepsiCo’s prestigious Harvey C. Russell Inclusion Award (2008 and 2013) for his leadership within the LGBT community and collaborative and innovative work with other companies’ LGBT groups.

Trung holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where his research focused on “coming out” and identity construction. Trung is also a proud graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Business LGBT Leadership Institute.

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Alan Torres

Procurement Supplier Diversity Senior Program Manager

T-Mobile

Alan Torres

Procurement Supplier Diversity Senior Program Manager
T-Mobile

Throughout the last two years, Alan has supported T-Mobile on a variety of high visibility projects and impactful teams. Alan is a dedicated and focused individual who is an integral addition to the T-Mobile Supplier Diversity team. He helps the Un-carrier achieve excellent results through his collaborative work style, critical thinking skills and 25 years of experience in the telecom and procurement industries.

Before entering his current role with Supplier Diversity, Alan was a senior sourcing manager on the Un-carrier’s Technology Sourcing team, where he helped develop and deploy several high-profile projects. Prior to T-Mobile, Alan worked at Microsoft, AT&T, and USAA as a corporate negotiator, senior procurement manager, and sourcing manager. While at these national and global enterprises, he utilized his negotiation and interpersonal skills to strategically source various categories, including telecommunications, human resources, learning, technology, and legal.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Alan attended UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law. He currently lives in Kirkland, WA, with his fiancée, Zena, and their trusty Golden Retriever Zorro! Alan and Zena are volunteers for various causes and assist in local homeless and animal organizations; they also love to travel internationally.

Darretta Whitfield

Darretta Whitfield

Director of Supplier Diversity

Charter Communications

Darretta Whitfield

Director of Supplier Diversity
Charter Communications

Darretta Whitfield is Director of Supplier Diversity for Charter Communications, a national of broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving 41 states through its Spectrum brand.

Darretta joined Charter in 2019 to lead the Supplier Diversity program, and is responsible for the strategy, management, and future roadmap across Charter’s footprint. In prior roles Darretta led eSourcing and Contract Management initiatives for various companies in financial technology and services, consumer products, and paper/packaging manufacturing focused on project management, competitive bidding, supplier management, and contract processing. These roles have provided her with a foundation of souring knowledge that she leverages in her current role in support of diverse owned businesses.

Darretta graduated from Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business Administration, serves as an Executive Board Member for tech:SCALE, and is a new member of the Board of Directors for the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC).