WOMEN WHO LEAD

RESHAPING THE CORPORATE LANDSCAPE Women in leadership positions are changing the way we work and do business, influencing the supplier diversity and diversity and inclusion space now more than ever. From national and international organizations to training firms and nonprofits, they are spearheading D&I initiatives in the workforce. Whether strengthening diverse recruitment or implementing inclusive ...

By Arthur Schurr, Ingrid Watkins And Ruksana Hussain

WOMEN WHO LEAD

RESHAPING THE CORPORATE LANDSCAPE

Women in leadership positions are changing the way we work and do business, influencing the supplier diversity and diversity and inclusion space now more than ever. From national and international organizations to training firms and nonprofits, they are spearheading D&I initiatives in the workforce. Whether strengthening diverse recruitment or implementing inclusive training programs, these dynamic female leaders are building strong networks in corporate communities and ensuring success for all parties involved. Here ’s celebrating a few such frontrunners as they continue their commendable efforts.

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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.


Mission Statement

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.

BLACK BUSINESSES MATTER

How to Build the Capacity of Black Businesses. I believe Dr. Joy DeGruy best explains the bomb our nation has been sitting on. She refers to it as Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS). PTSS is “a condition that exists as a consequence of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel …

By Steve Lamar

BLACK BUSINESSES MATTER

How to Build the Capacity of Black Businesses.

I believe Dr. Joy DeGruy best explains the bomb our nation has been sitting on. She refers to it as Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS). PTSS is “a condition that exists as a consequence of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel slavery. A form of slavery which was predicated on the belief that African Americans were inherently/genetically inferior to whites. This was then followed by institutionalized racism which continues to perpetuate injury”. “Multigenerational Oppression”, “Inferior”, “Institutionalized Racism”, “Injury”; really absorb those words and visualize a ticking time bomb.

You would be forgiven for assuming you have seen this picture before, but something is truly different this time. Other nations are actively participating, laws are being written and/or changed, budgets are being reallocated and even some of the “bad apples” are being held accountable unlike any other time that I can remember. I will not be naive and believe that all have learned their lesson. I believe “bad apples” will remain bad no matter what we do or say. No new tricks for that old dog. However, this cannot be cause for distraction, deterrence nor complacency. We must forge ahead and find ways to coexist without unnecessary obstacles. Life is hard enough as it is. But that ticking bomb has exploded, and we need to realize that things cannot and will not ever be the same. We also need to take a look at what our business community can do to help heal our community so we may have a mutually good partnership.

IMPORTANCE OF AN MBA IN DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Higher education and business can benefit from each other. An MBA degree provides an advanced education and knowledge at the management level where strategies are developed, and real changes can happen. The value of this degree type provides an individual with the business language, increased career opportunities, and a level of confidence that positions you …

By LaSonya Berry

IMPORTANCE OF AN MBA IN DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Higher education and business can benefit from each other.

An MBA degree provides an advanced education and knowledge at the management level where strategies are developed, and real changes can happen. The value of this degree type provides an individual with the business language, increased career opportunities, and a level of confidence that positions you for authority. This is especially important for women. Attending an MBA program allows individuals from various backgrounds, experiences, and academic fields, to be exposed to others that will help them build on their communities and organizations. It is interesting how diverse life experiences can add value to the learning experience. The business community is no different.

It is no secret anymore that MBA programs need to include D&I programs. In turn, such programs benefit from having community leaders with MBAs. Business schools need to prepare leaders for the everchanging landscape of economic systems and the organizations that are a part of this ecosystem. Having master’s degree programs help to fuel organizations with innovation and a competitiveness that everyone benefits from in the end.

FINDING THE PATH TO YOUR DREAMS

Imagine hiking through a breathtaking trail while embarking on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. What if you were able to “clear the inner clutter” and release the self-limiting thoughts allowing you to live your very best life? After a lifetime of experience, multiple certifications and 28 years of leadership training with Mary Kay …

By Charmain Lewis

FINDING THE PATH TO YOUR DREAMS

Imagine hiking through a breathtaking trail while embarking on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. What if you were able to “clear the inner clutter” and release the self-limiting thoughts allowing you to live your very best life? After a lifetime of experience, multiple certifications and 28 years of leadership training with Mary Kay Inc., Julie Fox of Jules4Life Coaching has created these opportunities as she walks in her gift to help others accomplish their goals and live an authentic, happy life.

Growing up, Fox was the oldest of four children. She exhibited the traits of a scholar, always aiming to achieve the very best in everything she did. Despite being a straight-A student and serving in a variety of organizations, her accomplishments were never enough. Fox’s challenging home environment created an extremely shy, discouraged and unconfident child. Not realizing it at the time, Fox’s early struggles were a set up for her success.

BACKSTAGE PASS: PULLING THE CURTAIN BACK ON THE BUSINESS OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

Jamie Crump, President of Blairsville, Georgia-based The Richwell Group, a consultancy firm specializing in supply chain and supplier diversity, launches her first book in July 2020 titled “Backstage Pass: Pulling the Curtain Back on the Business of Supplier Diversity”. The new author focuses on why supplier diversity is a profitable yet missing business strategy and …

By Ruksana Hussain

BACKSTAGE PASS: PULLING THE CURTAIN BACK ON THE BUSINESS OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

Jamie Crump, President of Blairsville, Georgia-based The Richwell Group, a consultancy firm specializing in supply chain and supplier diversity, launches her first book in July 2020 titled “Backstage Pass: Pulling the Curtain Back on the Business of Supplier Diversity”. The new author focuses on why supplier diversity is a profitable yet missing business strategy and how the key participants need to understand each other and interact well to make the strategy successful.

With more than 25 years’ experience in corporate supply chain, and one of Diversity Professional’s advisory board members, Crump draws from her career in strategic sourcing and supplier diversity across a variety of industries to share insights on a topic where reading material is somewhat scarce. Earlier in the year, Crump was featured on the show Schools for Startups with Dan Janal, where she talked about her ‘why’ for writing the book.

CDW’S BILLION-DOLLAR SPEND FEEDS THE DREAMS OF DIVERSE SUPPLIERS

Leading information technology provider joins esteemed Billion Dollar Roundtable. CDW Corporation, a leading international provider of multibrand information technology products and services, has been inducted into the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR). The Vernon Hills, Illinois-based firm now ranks among 29 major corporations, including tech industry leaders Apple, Dell, IBM and Microsoft, as one of the …

By David M. Garcia

CDW’S BILLION-DOLLAR SPEND FEEDS THE DREAMS OF DIVERSE SUPPLIERS

Leading information technology provider joins esteemed Billion Dollar Roundtable.

CDW Corporation, a leading international provider of multibrand information technology products and services, has been inducted into the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR). The Vernon Hills, Illinois-based firm now ranks among 29 major corporations, including tech industry leaders Apple, Dell, IBM and Microsoft, as one of the country’s top supporters of diverse suppliers.

For each of the last two years, CDW has procured more than $1 billion from about 400 small, diverse vendor suppliers. In 2019, women-owned businesses represented $700 million of that spend. Overall, the company works with more than 1,000 leading and emerging suppliers who provide CDW customers with more than 100,000 products and services.

FUELING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Determination + Preparation = Success The Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” If Seneca were alive today, he would most likely be connected on LinkedIn to Bernita McCann Hightower, President and CEO of Next Generation Fuel. As a child in Mississippi or even as a real estate professional in …

By Jamie Crump

FUELING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Determination + Preparation = Success

The Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” If Seneca were alive today, he would most likely be connected on LinkedIn to Bernita McCann Hightower, President and CEO of Next Generation Fuel. As a child in Mississippi or even as a real estate professional in California, she did not see owning a fuel company in Ohio as her path.

“I got into this by accident,” McCann Hightower recalls. “I went to work for an MBE-owned fuel company, and I found the B2B business model so interesting, I wanted to learn everything I could about it.” Although she had plenty of experience building relationships, it had been mostly in a business-to-consumer environment. So, she did something that she has often repeated throughout her career. She set about learning everything about the business that she could.

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