TOOLS OF THE ROAD

Novant Health Senior Director Kevin J. Price believes that poet Robert Frost captured his life’s driving principle when Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled, and that has made all the difference.” But there’s a crucial distinction between Frost and Price’s experience on the road less traveled. ...

By Arthur Schurr

TOOLS OF THE ROAD

Novant Health Senior Director Kevin J. Price believes that poet Robert Frost captured his life’s driving principle when Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled, and that has made all the difference.” But there’s a crucial distinction between Frost and Price’s experience on the road less traveled. In his journey, Price has always been accompanied by his faith, family and unyielding desire to help his community as he found his way on a sometimes tumultuous path.

Kevin J. Price does not believe that he does anything extraordinary or unusual. But abundant evidence to the contrary belies his contention. For example, as Novant Health Supplier Diversity & Performance senior director, he created and instituted a $5 million loan-guarantee program with the Mechanics and Farmers Bank—a minority-owned institution where he previously worked—that routinely transforms the lives of its participants as well as the citizens of Charlotte, North Carolina, by generating and supplying much-needed capital for small businesses and projects for the community. But ask Price about this revolutionary program and his reply is simple, “I just saw an opportunity to help people.” And if anything is a hallmark of his life and career, it is exactly that. But without question, that was how he was raised.

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Diversity Professional (DP) is an interactive national publication complemented with strategic offline engagements that focus on business, career and lifestyle. We deliver essential information for entrepreneurs and professionals related to business strategies, career development, education, economics and social trends. DP is the magazine for achievers, the voice of modern executives and the playbook for business ...

Diversity Professional

About Us

Diversity Professional (DP) is an interactive national publication complemented with strategic offline engagements that focus on business, career and lifestyle. We deliver essential information for entrepreneurs and professionals related to business strategies, career development, education, economics and social trends.

DP is the magazine for achievers, the voice of modern executives and the playbook for business owners, millennials and seasoned professionals. Serving as an ongoing resource throughout one’s professional career, DP understands the value of long-term relationships and what it takes to guide our readers to success. We connect people, possibilities and partners that build businesses and drive the economy.  DP is dedicated to creating positive change in diversity and inclusion initiatives. By raising awareness and sharing expertise across multiple industries.


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Diversity Professional mission is to advance economic inclusion for underrepresented groups by focusing on issues that impact employment, entrepreneurship and business.  We engage, inspire, celebrate, educate and connect diverse professionals and entrepreneurs to opportunities that elevate their careers and businesses.

AMERICAN HONDA HOLDS FIRST WBE SUPPLIER IMPACT EXCHANGE

Eighteen women-owned companies participating in an August 7, 2019 procurement opportunity and networking forum found another way to spell new business: H-O-N-D-A. Held at American Honda Motor Co.’s North American headquarters in Torrance, California, the inaugural half-day Supplier Impact Exchange brought together all 14 members of the company’s procurement team with representatives from women-owned businesses …

By David M. Garcia

AMERICAN HONDA HOLDS FIRST WBE SUPPLIER IMPACT EXCHANGE

Eighteen women-owned companies participating in an August 7, 2019 procurement opportunity and networking forum found another way to spell new business: H-O-N-D-A.

Held at American Honda Motor Co.’s North American headquarters in Torrance, California, the inaugural half-day Supplier Impact Exchange brought together all 14 members of the company’s procurement team with representatives from women-owned businesses specializing in a variety of in-demand services, including advertising, janitorial, landscaping, logistics, marketing and printing.

In opening the event, Rich Richardson, vice president, human resources, administration and corporate affairs said, “Our industry is experiencing rapid change. We’re moving quickly to the introduction of electrified vehicles, including hybrid, battery and photoelectric. As a result of these changes, we’re looking for new and innovative ways to reach our business objectives. This includes continuing to diversify our supplier base as we seek out the best and most innovative partners who can help us prepare for the future.”

LIFE STRATEGIC PLANNING-HOW REAL LEADERS ASCEND

Analyze your life, change your perspective and become your best. The end of 2019 is approaching. For some, it comes with much success, for others there are many gaps. The new year brings new goals but they are not the only things you will need. Much like the approach organizations use, the strategic planning process …

By LaSonya Berry

LIFE STRATEGIC PLANNING-HOW REAL LEADERS ASCEND

Analyze your life, change your perspective and become your best.

The end of 2019 is approaching. For some, it comes with much success, for others there are many gaps. The new year brings new goals but they are not the only things you will need. Much like the approach organizations use, the strategic planning process can help any individual “Be a Better You.” This plan is your internal guide to achieving the life you desire. Your life strategic plan is an important guide for making decisions. Following these steps will get you that much closer to the life others only dream of having.

DISCRIMINATION’S DIRTIEST WORD—AGEISM

A look at one-half of the double dose of discrimination women face with gender and ageism. Ageism is a human issue. Ageism is a family issue. Ageism is a financial issue. Ageism is a political issue. Ageism is your issue. Ageism is our issue. Mark Twain wrote “life would be infinitely happier if we could …

By Marjorie Solomon

DISCRIMINATION’S DIRTIEST WORD—AGEISM

A look at one-half of the double dose of discrimination women face with gender and ageism.

Ageism is a human issue. Ageism is a family issue. Ageism is a financial issue. Ageism is a political issue. Ageism is your issue. Ageism is our issue.

Mark Twain wrote “life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.” The ancient Greek poet Homer called old age “loathsome,” and William Shakespeare called it “hideous winter.” Each scholar wrote their descriptions of old age while in their twilight years, leaving a legacy of loathing for aging. Over thousands of years we’ve learned to see old age as a disease, something to be avoided even though we know it’s inevitable. Which brings us back to today and the most insidious discrimination of our time—ageism.

SOCIETY IS REALIZING THAT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IS SOMETHING TO TAKE SERIOUSLY

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, there’s a palpable change in the air. Times are changing in so many ways. I have noticed, across the board, that numerous organizations are understanding the necessity of having a person on their staff who is dedicated to the function of diversity, inclusion and equity. Every week, it …

By Dr. Nika White

SOCIETY IS REALIZING THAT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IS SOMETHING TO TAKE SERIOUSLY

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, there’s a palpable change in the air.

Times are changing in so many ways. I have noticed, across the board, that numerous organizations are understanding the necessity of having a person on their staff who is dedicated to the function of diversity, inclusion and equity.

Every week, it seems a new business announces a new diversity officer. Every week, a new article comes out about organizations implementing D&I initiatives. And what’s great is that these organizations are understanding the importance of having a person on staff who has the experience to handle this large responsibility. Congrats to this!

I’m excited to see how prevalent the industry and profession is becoming. What is that saying about our society?

PHILANTHROPY + SUPPLIER DIVERSITY = SUCCESS FOR ALL

Personal involvement plays a vital role in Office Depot’s continuing efforts to embrace and spread diversity. With so much going on in the world these days, it seems now, more than ever, many of us are looking for ways to positively impact our communities. We understand the value and significance of giving back. In 2018, …

By Charmain Lewis

PHILANTHROPY + SUPPLIER DIVERSITY = SUCCESS FOR ALL

Personal involvement plays a vital role in Office Depot’s continuing efforts to embrace and spread diversity.

With so much going on in the world these days, it seems now, more than ever, many of us are looking for ways to positively impact our communities. We understand the value and significance of giving back. In 2018, Office Depot launched a new community investment initiative called #depotdifference, which allows their employees to do just that.

“As our company continues to change and evolve in exciting ways, so too has the way in which we support the communities where we live and do business. #depotdifference brings an employee-centric, hands-on approach to empower us all to make a difference through robust employee volunteerism and philanthropic giving,” said Alex Price, national director of community investment for Office Depot, Inc.

KAYLA CREATIVE-SERVICE SUPREME

Through the highs and lows, Al Bullock has always gone the extra mile. Al Bullock, the owner of Kayla Creative, will be the first to tell you he hasn’t lived a perfect life: failed businesses, financial hardships, foolish choices. But the love and support of his family has given him a blessed existence and his …

By Jamie Crump

KAYLA CREATIVE-SERVICE SUPREME

Through the highs and lows, Al Bullock has always gone the extra mile.

Al Bullock, the owner of Kayla Creative, will be the first to tell you he hasn’t lived a perfect life: failed businesses, financial hardships, foolish choices. But the love and support of his family has given him a blessed existence and his clients superior service in all things image-related from brand development through graphic design and production, including tradeshow and exhibit support.

Born in Brooklyn and raised there and in Farmville, North Carolina, Al became a master cabinetmaker, making mostly kitchen cabinets. He left New York and moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and set up his own shop. A lady arrived at the shop one day asking for a shadowbox to be built for a wedding gift. The deadline was tight, but Al made the box and purchased a metal emblem with the wedding date engraved in it. The customer was blown away by the attention to detail and the service. As it turned out, that lady worked for the local newspaper. She soon returned with a writer and did a story on Al’s work.

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