Corporate Seminars

DIR's sought-after educational seminars are designed to give supplier diversity professionals valuable insight they can then leverage to improve the performance of their own programs. Presented by experienced supplier diversity practitioners with world-class programs, these seminars share best practices, current trends and issues impacting supplier diversity programs today. This short video shares the highlights of DIR's "Building Strategic Phases of a Supplier Diversity Process" seminar. Take a look, and visit DIR's YouTube channel for more.
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Picture of "Best Practices in Supplier Diversity Strategies and Initiatives" Seminar July 31 - August 2, 2018, Houston, TX
Registration CLOSED - Join experienced Supplier Diversity Professionals and subject matter experts for a series of presentations and networking events. $1,025 registration fee includes all sessions, materials, networking reception, continental breakfast and lunch.

TUESDAY: A special morning session: Giving Back - volunteering in the local communities. Afternoon session features experts on “Government Reporting, Compliance, Contracting, Rules and Regulations.” These are optional sessions, but highly recommended and are included in the registration fee.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Seminar agenda features noted supplier diversity professionals and cover topics including:

  • Disaster Recovery: Are you Prepared? Supporting Suppliers after a Natural Disaster

  • Supplier Diversity Program Management
     •  Documentation/Processes
     •  Marketing, Public Relations Strategy, Metrics
     •  Future Process of Corporate Procurement Process

  • Professional Development: Unlocking personal agility to recognize, deal with and exploit opportunities in a changing environment

  • Economic Impact
     •  How to measure the economic impact of Supplier Diversity at a level that can be presented to internal stakeholders
     •  Disparity Studies

  • Aligning Supplier Diversity with Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), Sustainability and Social Responsibility

  • Supplier Performance
     •  How to support a diverse supplier after engagement; record keeping and documentation; audit and quality assurance.
     •  Processes to track specific information on bid processes.
     •  Supplier Scorecards

FLIER and AGENDA (agenda subject to change)

PAST PARTICIPANT'S COMMENTS: "Excellent information and delivery. Excellent presenters." "I walked away with a clear understanding of how to measure ROI and develop a business case after today’s session. Very applicable and practical." "This was a wonderful session!"

WHO ATTENDS: Supplier Diversity Professionals, Purchasing Manager & Buyers, VP’s of Materials and Purchasing, Procurement Managers, SBLOs, Graduates of DIR's Building Strategic Phases Seminar

ACCOMMODATIONS:  DIR has reserved a block of rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. Reservation information will be sent with registration confirmation.

NOTE:  There is NO onsite registration.

FEE: $1,025/person. Fee includes all sessions, materials, networking reception, continental breakfast and lunch.

QUESTIONS?  Email: or call us at 612-781-6819. We look forward to having you there!

Picture of “Building Strategic Phases of a Supplier Diversity Process” February 7-8, 2018 South Beach Miami, FL
Two full days of ideas, networking, learning, and best practices. $995 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch both days, networking reception and workbook materials. Register before November 1, 2017 and receive the EARLY BIRD rate: $945.

From past attendees: "The networking was excellent! --- Subject matter created great dialogue. --- I found all of the topics covered in this training were helpful and informative. --- Knowledgeable and savvy presenter; two days well spent! --- Very honest dialogue about supplier diversity in its totality."

Wondering if this seminar is for you? Check out this informational video


To see the format, you're welcome to download the 2018 flier HERE.

Facilitator:  Experienced Supplier Diversity professional, Connie Smith, formerly Director of Supplier Diversity Development at Altria.

  • Proven tactics, information and ideas enable attendees to return to work with actions that can be implemented immediately.
  • Specifically designed to enable the creation of, and/or improvement to, an effective supplier diversity process within major corporations, prime suppliers with SD initiatives, non-profits and educational institutions.


  • An Overview of Supplier Diversity Development
  • Engaging and Enrolling Leadership, Procurement and Suppliers
  • Key Elements to Sustainable Supplier Diversity Processes
  • Being Strategic: How to Develop and Market an Effective Supplier Diversity Plan
  • How to Build a Supportive Internal Team
  • Reaching Out to Build Within: Engaging Industry Groups, Trade PR and Business Fairs
  • Bringing Majority Suppliers into a Second Tier Initiative
  • Data Management Solutions: An Overview of Tracking and Reporting Spend
  • Best Practices for Effective Internal and External Communication
  • What’s Your Game Plan? Training and Educating Your Organization and Suppliers
  • From Strategy to Sustainability—How Creating a Road Map Leads to Innovation, Breakthroughs, and a Successful Supplier Diversity Process


  • Supplier Diversity Professionals
  • Purchasing Managers and Buyers
  • VP's of Materials and Purchasing
  • Procurement Managers
  • SBLOs

Hotel information is sent with registration confirmation letter (not purchase receipt).

Picture of “Building Strategic Phases of a Supplier Diversity Process” Seminar Workbook
This dynamic workbook accompanies DIR's annual seminar (held in February) called "Building Strategic Phase of a Supplier Diversity Initiative". If you are not able to attend the seminar, this workbook (updated annually) will give you the basics covered in the workshops including case studies, helpful work sheets, and much more. The workbook is best used in tandem with the seminar, but even when used alone, it will help supplier diversity professionals and procurement managers develop or enhance corporate supplier diversity programs and initiatives. It includes:
  • Outlines key elements of a successful program, team and culture
  • Discusses developing a strategic plan and how to engage senior management
  • Covers benchmarking and performance measures
  • Includes numerous samples, exercises and how-to’s

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