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September 11, 2001 will forever be embedded in everyone’s minds as the day that changed how people work, live, and play. The terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center’s twin towers, damaged the Pentagon, and took almost 3,000 lives represent a turning point in history.

Since that day, the United States has been embroiled in an international military campaign dubbed the War on Terror to root out terrorist organizations and the regimes that support them. For U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rudy Uribe, 9/11 not only reignited his passion for military service, but also set the wheels in motion for him to begin a business that would meet the needs of military veterans.

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Chevron’s supplier diversity program was developed more than 20 years ago and has continued to evolve as business drivers and objectives have continued to change over the years. Once focused on compliance and reputational issues, today’s supplier diversity program must now focus on utilization and development of small and diverse businesses to create a competitive advantage by introducing competition, innovation, responsiveness, and operational excellence to the supply chain. Supplier diversity is no longer a matter of compliance or social investment, but rather must be viewed as a business imperative for our success.

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Today’s marketplace for talent and customers has become increasingly multicultural, multigenerational, and ethnically diverse. When the makeup of the people around your business or enterprise changes, there is only one thing to do and that is to change with them. You will have to gain a better understanding of who your workforce is, what’s important to them and how to best motivate them. It’s really the practice of the Platinum Rule. Treating people the way they prefer to be treated.

Consider this. Between 2000 and 2013, Charlotte, North Carolina had a 168 percent increase in the number of Hispanic residents, the highest in the nation according to a study by Nielsen.

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Recent developments in Canada are helping raise the profile of supplier diversity in a country that is in the early days of its journey to understand and embrace the benefits. For example, this spring, WEConnect International in Canada’s Executive Director Astrid Pregel worked with the federal government to convene a high-level Supplier Diversity Roundtable. Hosted by the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, the roundtable brought together 25 leading advocates of supplier diversity, including women business enterprises (WBEs) and representatives from corporations, government, women’s business organizations, and diversity certification bodies.

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Hurricane Andrew struck Dade County, Florida, in August 1992. At the time, it was the costliest and one of the most devastating hurricanes in U.S. history.

Reportedly, 63,000 homes were destroyed and more than 101,000 others were damaged, leaving roughly 175,000 people homeless. All told, the damage was estimated at more than $25 billion, and 44 fatalities were reported.

Hurricane Andrew changed a lot of lives. And Patricia Curry’s was one of them.Curry, president of MAZAL Nursing Services, Inc. (MNS) ( and her husband, a diplomat, had lived in many countries before settling in Miami in 1992. She and her family were living the good life until that fateful day.

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In January 2016, MBE magazine will become a quarterly magazine that will pack more quality content and a wider distribution per issue than previously seen. Consequently, in preparation for this move, our September/October 2015 Anniversary Issue will be the last issue for 2015.





The Airport Minority Advisory Council’s (AMAC) 2015 Airport Business Diversity Conference held recently in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and themed, “Business Beyond the Beach: ELEVATING Global Opportunity”, focused on exploring business prospects outside of traditional airport contracting in domestic venues. More than 1,200 people attended the conference at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa to learn ways that women and minorities can do more business with U.S. airports. Conference workshops and learning activities were designed to help businesses adapt to a changing environment and access a new world of opportunities with topics such as: Taking Your Business to the Next Level, Financing Your Global Expansion, Practical Elements to Elevate Global Opportunities, and Leveraging Global Connections. Other conference features included networking, DBE certifications, legislative updates, and industry updates.

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Master Your Brand

What America can learn from one company’s progression toward supplier diversity.
When considering the direction of my career, and how I might help leaders progress, I chose the prevention route in branding and communication, which is how I got my start in supplier diversity. Rather than crisis management, which cleans up and restores brands, I created a concept called “Continuous Improvement in Communication”, which helps companies leverage their brand value while limiting their daily losses. After having launched several minority business brands, I became quite comfortable with some of the challenges minorities in business may face, especially in highly competitive industries with low minority business participation. My research helped me to see just how much supplier diversity and minority affairs go hand in hand, making it practically impossible to focus on helping diverse suppliers without learning the many diverse roads in which we’ve all traveled to get to the various seats at tables of opportunity.

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The Northrop Grumman Information Systems global supplier diversity program-office received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence in the service category. The award has five categories: manufacturing, service, research and development, construction, and utilities.

“Northrop Grumman’s work with small businesses and the relationships we have built with each of them over the years is crucial to our supply chain,” said Cynthia Hyland, vice president, global supply chain, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. “We are grateful for them and this award.”

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In Brief

Supply Nation welcomed the announcement from the Australian Government on the new Indigenous Procurement Policy guidelines, replacing the Indigenous Opportunities Policy for all government contracts from 1st July 2015.

Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct Australia’s premier listing of Indigenous businesses has been nominated by the Government as the first point of reference for procurement officers when a contract is available for tender.


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