Entrepreneurship Series: Supplier Diversity Panel
As minority entrepreneurs start and grow their business, many times they are looking for business-to-business sales strategies. However, these entrepreneurs may not know how to land contracts with large companies. This is where supplier diversity managers serves as a valuable asset to minority entrepreneurs. Supplier diversity managers encourage the use of minority, women, veteran, and LGBT owned as suppliers with in their respective company. Having a working relationship with a supplier diversity manager can be a critical part of entrepreneurs diversifying their customer portfolio.
Presented by LG&E and KU, the National Black MBA Association – Kentucky Chapter will host the Entrepreneurship Series: Supplier Diversity Panel. Join the event where we learn what supplier diversity is as a profession and how it can help the growth of your current or future entrepreneurship strategies. All professionals are welcome to attend this event. Professional dress is recommended.
February 20, 2020 @6pm-8pm
East Tower, Floor 10, Joy Room
321 W Main Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Registration Link: https://www.lgeku-sd.com
Eboni Edwards is the Manager of Supplier Diversity for Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LG&E and KU). Her department promotes supplier participation reflective of LG&E and KU diverse customer base and business community. This department also facilitates economic development throughout the state of Kentucky. Eboni actively works with internal and external partners to find and develop small and/or diverse businesses to work at LG&E and KU. Her goal is to provide diverse suppliers with equal access to purchasing opportunities. Her work includes nearly 15 years of procurement experience at the May Company/Macy’s Midwest, the Department of Defense, and Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities.
Eboni is on the board of Louisville Visual Arts, an organization that works to improve lives through visual arts education, community outreach, and artist support. She also co-founded the Community Engagement Council for WHAS Crusade for Children. She is actively involved in the National Black MBA Association – Kentucky Chapter and currently volunteers regularly at the Parkland Boys and Girls club and the Community Engagement Council.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Holli Turner, leads the Supplier Diversity and Sustainability initiatives for Humana, Inc. She currently resides in Louisville, KY but is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. Holli is a highly experienced, innovative thinker with over 20 years of high level Diversity, Operational and Sales leadership experience with progressive organizations. She has successfully demonstrated Six Sigma continuous improvement initiatives throughout a 10 -distribution center and logistics network. Ms. Turner created new and improved supplier diversified yet sustainable solutions within an overall Global Supply Chain Network while further fostering collaborative growth opportunities particularly in the business to business sectors.
Ms. Turner is a critical thinker with a very diverse background. She has assumed multiple corporate leadership roles where she was considered the subject matter expert in a variety of areas, such as:
- Assistant Vice President of Distribution & Logistics
- Innovative Engineering Champion
- Diversity & Inclusion Coach
- Director of Supplier Diversity and Environmental Sustainability
- Global Account Manager of Fortune 1000 Accounts
Six Sigma certified aids in Ms. Turner producing operational excellence with safety as the 1st priority. She has been integral in various projects from supplier diversity strategic alliances, recruiting/retention, energy conservation, sku optimization, network optimization, SAP conversion, company integrations and distribution network design to new conveyer system install, and various other technology driven areas.
Ms. Turner attended Ohio University in Athens, OH earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
With a passion for learning, mentoring and the community, Ms. Turner has served in various organizations such as:
- Speed Arts Museum Board of Governors– Louisville, Kentucky
- Louisville Sustainability Council Board of Directors – Louisville, Kentucky
- Derby Diversity Business Summit (DDBS) Advisory Board – Louisville, Kentucky
- Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
- Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
- Network of Executive Women (NEW)
- Board Member of Dan Beard Boy Scouts Council, Hopkins Division
- Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council (GCGBC)
- Board of Director/Membership Chair for the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Cincinnati Urban League, Alumna of the African American Leadership Development Program
- Greater Cincinnati YMCA Rising Star program
- Steering committee for the Dress for Success program.
Natonya Harbison is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Natonya attended Kentucky State University where she majored in Business Administration with a focus in Management. Upon completion of graduation, she accepted an offer with a minority business enterprise (MBE) to work in their accounts payable department. Shortly after managing the day-to-day accounting functions and monthly closings, the VP of Supply Chain and Operations approached Natonya to lead and create a procurement department that would help the company centralize spend, save money, diversify its supplier base, and leverage their buying power. Natonya managed the procurement/diversity department from 2006 until her departure in 2012.
Natonya then went to work for Humana Inc. in their Corporate Procurement Organization, supporting the medical and pharmacy operations and engagements. After 2 years of managing procurement, Natonya was eager to get back into the diversity space and was promoted to the Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Consultant with the goal of establishing a Supply Chain Sustainability Program. In 2016, she launched Humana’s first Supplier Sustainability Scorecard, a survey utilized to assess a supplier’s efforts towards achievement of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) targets.
Natonya continued to work with groups, within Humana and beyond, to aid in the achievement of supplier diversity and sustainability goals to make the world a better place for the future of our children. Natonya worked with the various groups within Humana that helped the organization achieve goals internally and externally. “The greatest aspect of working for Humana’s Supplier Diversity team, was being able to support the economic impact of the world in which we live.”
Natonya joined the Papa John’s team in December 2018 as the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She leads the efforts of diversifying the supply chain and create the opportunities for minority-owned, woman-owned, and LGBT-owned businesses to participate in competitive bids. In August 2019, she launched Papa John’s first every Global Supplier Diversity program. Her goal will be to continue to ingrain diversity into the DNA of the brand.
Panel Moderator: Imani Bland of LG&E and KU
Imani Bland is a Sourcing Leader for Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ (LG&E and KU) Corporate Purchasing Department. She leads contracting, sourcing, and logistics supply chain activities cross multiple business units. This includes bid development, issuance, and analysis as well as final contract development/interpretation. She currently supports the following business units: Corporate Communications, Economic Development, Emerging Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Facilities, and Retail. Prior to this role, Imani worked in LG&E and KU’s Supplier Diversity Department for two years. In that role Imani assisted in identifying diverse business to develop and include in the company’s bid opportunities. She also managed the Supplier Diversity Second Tier Program where she acknowledged how to identify new and existing Prime Suppliers to include in the program. This led to an additional $11.1 million dollars of tier two diverse spend for the company. In this role she was also hands on with the company’s supplier certification and insurance processes.
Imani earned her B.B.A. in Accounting from Howard University in 2013. After graduation, she worked in Staff Development and Payroll in P.G. County Library System’s Human Resources Department. After 4 years in the role, she relocated to her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
She is a member of the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi and the Institute for Supply Management. In 2019, she helped charter the Louisville Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators where she serves as Secretary. She also helped establish LG&E and KU’s African American Business Resource Group where she serves as the Communications Chair. Outside of work, she serves as a mentor in Louisville’s Chestnut Street Family YMCA Woman UP Teen Outreach Program as well as a middle school teacher in Canaan Christian Church’s Dare to Dream Academy. Imani’s true passion is helping others acknowledge and reach their full potential.
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