Board of Directors
World-class experience, demonstrated leadershipDIR's continued success is due in large part to the guidance and leadership offered by our Board of Directors. Consisting of practiced, well-respected supplier diversity professionals, the Board provides real-world insight that continuously improves the products and services we offer.Meet our board Officers:
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Sr. Director, Global Diversity Solutions, Kelly Services

Currently the Senior Director, Global Diversity Solutions for Kelly Services, Brenda Marshall is responsible for developing strategic alliances with diverse staffing companies for the procurement of goods and services across Kelly Services' global enterprise. Prior to joining the supplier diversity team at Kelly in 2001, she held management positions at Comcast and Eagle Communications.

Marshall serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Supplier Diversity Professionals, the Michigan Minority Business Development Council and DIR. In addition, she chairs the certification review committee for the Michigan Women’s Business Council.

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Director of Supplier Diversity, Medtronic

John Taylor has served as Director of Supplier Diversity for Medtronic since November 2016, where he is responsible for increasing alignment and coordinating supplier diversity goals. Prior to joining Medtronic, he held the Director of Supplier Diversity position at Cargill.

Taylor pledges continued support and participation in local and national organizations dedicated to stimulating the growth of minority- and woman-owned businesses. In addition, he is committed to a continued focus on mentoring activities with the leaders of disadvantaged businesses and developing and administering Medtronic’s diversity strategies and initiatives.

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President & CEO, NC Institute of Minority Economic Development

Mr. Kevin J. Price joins the Institute team as the organization's third President & CEO in its 34 year history.  Mr. Price is a Greensboro native, US Army veteran, and graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Psychology, he worked in senior leadership positions with Project Homestead in Greensboro, working to build affordable housing and commercial spaces totaling $42 million. He then spent 3 years with SouthTrust Bank as a Group Vice President/Community Development Manager, leading the bank’s compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act.  Mr. Price then moved to Regency Development, as Vice President of Faith-Based Initiatives to lead the organization's work with faith-based organizations between Maryland and Florida developing affordable multi-family housing.  Mr. Price then served with M&F Bank as Vice President/Senior Business Development Officer, leading regional business development activities to generate new retail, deposits and commercial lending relationships.  Mr. Price joined Novant Health in 2006 to launch and lead supplier diversity, after spending many years running his own consulting company.  At Novant Health, he was responsible for diversifying the company’s procurement spend, identifying minority, women, veteran and LGBT owned suppliers to ensure equal opportunities to compete for Novant Health’s business.  Under Mr. Price's guidance, Novant Health increased its diverse supplier spend by more than 500% utilizing over 550 diverse supplier.  In partnership with Diversity, Inclusion & Equity, Mr. Price also served as a master diversity and inclusion facilitator/trainer for the company and earned several awards for his work in this space.

Board of Directors:
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Director Inclusive & Sustainable Procurement, EY

Theresa Harrison is the Director of Supplier Diversity at EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. She is responsible for the management and oversight of the EY supplier diversity initiative. In this role, which she has held since June of 2004, she is responsible for the design, development and implementation of diverse supplier policies, processes, and procedures.

A recognized leader in the industry, Harrison is a frequent public speaker and works to build awareness of the importance of supplier diversity both inside and outside of EY. She serves as First Vice Chair of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Board of Directors and serves as Board Liaison with the WBENC Women's Enterprise Forum. She is an active Ambassador engaging prospective Corporate Members. Additionally, she has engineered significant improvements to the organization by developing its Recruitment Program and its Dashboard for success measurement.

Along with being a past Board Chairperson for Diversity Information Resources, Harrison has served as Chair of the Procurement Council in 2010 – 2012 for the NGLCC. She is currently Treasurer for the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council.

Ms. Harrison obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Emmanuel College and a Masters of Business Administration from Bentley University.

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Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity, IBM Corporation

Robinson is responsible for leading IBM’s supplier diversity initiatives worldwide. In this role, Robinson and his team focus on the utilization, development and mentoring of diverse suppliers who can provide value-add to IBM’s Supply Chain. IBM has spent in excess of $2 billion, first tier, annually worldwide with diverse enterprises since 2006. Also IBM has spent in excess of $1 billion, first tier, annually with diverse enterprises in the United States since 2000.

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President, DIR

Ms. Bonds began her career at DIR as the Publications Manager and was appointed President in January 1997. She is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization in accordance to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), the Minnesota Society of Association Executives, and the National Association for Female Executives. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Bonds has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work in the Supplier Diversity industry. She has volunteered for the Minneapolis Public Schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and has mentored students at Humboldt Junior High.