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 “Building Strategic Phases of a Supplier Diversity Process” February 26-27, 2020 Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town, Scottsdale, AZ
Two full days of ideas, networking, learning, and best practices. $1,025 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch both days, networking reception and workbook materials.

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."


For additional information, download the 2020 Flier and Agenda (subject to change)

FACILITATOR:  Benita Fortner. Ms. Fortner retired from Raytheon Company in March 2017 where she served as the Director of Supplier Diversity for over twenty seven years. Participants will benefit from her personal, industry and advocacy group experience in developing,
administering and advancing supplier diversity within the supply chain. 

  • 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 and educational institutions.


  • Supplier Diversity Program Overview
  • Company Overview and Supply Chain Strategy
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Supplier Diversity Professionals
  • Program Governance; Policies and Regulations; Government
  • Program Administration and Execution
  • Creating a Supplier Diversity Strategic Plan and Small Business Subcontracting Plan
  • How to Engage all of the Players that Impact Supplier Diversity Performance
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Overview of Tracking, Reporting Spend, Metrics and Scorecards


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

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

Picture of "Best Practices in Supplier Diversity Strategies and Initiatives" Seminar August 2020, Durham, NC
Join experienced Supplier Diversity Professionals and subject matter experts for a series of presentations and networking events. $1,150 registration fee includes all sessions, materials, networking reception, continental breakfast and lunch.


WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

2019 Topics:

  • Professional Development: Hackathon Session

  • Procurement Panel: Supplier Diversity Impact

  • Employee Resource Groups (ERG) & Business Resource Groups (BRG): Engaging your Organization to Promote Supplier Diversity

  • How to measure Economic Impact and ROI of Supplier Diversity

  • What is Diversity Spend? Beyond the Numbers

  • How Innovation, Artficial Intelligence and Analytics is Impacting the Role of the Supplier Diversity Professional

  • The things you NEED to know about Government Subcontracting, Compliance, Reporting, Rules and Regulations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): Value of Partnerships and How to Measure

WEDNESDAY: 5:30 - 7:00 pm Networking Reception

For more information open the 2019 FLIER and AGENDA. To help make the seminar successful for participants, presenters and DIR, there are sponsorships available. Click HERE to view the sponsorship packages.

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


NOTE:  There is NO onsite registration.

FEE: $1,150/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” 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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