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. $1025 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch both days, networking reception and workbook materials. **Register before November 25, 2019 and receive the early bird rate of $975.

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."

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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.

TOPICS:

  • Supplier Diversity Program Overview
  • Company Overview and Supply Chain Strategy
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Supplier Diversity Professionals
  • Program Governance (policies and regulations)
  • 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
  • Data Management Solutions: An Overview of Tracking and Reporting Spend

WHO ATTENDS?

  • 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 “Building Strategic Phases of a Supplier Diversity Process” Seminar Workbook
$499
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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