This past week Katie Date, manager of the MIT CTL Women in Supply Chain Initiative and Dr. Alexis Bateman, Director of the MIT Sustainable Supply Chains hosted a roundtable entitled Supplier Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
What are company approaches to supplier diversity, equity, and inclusion? How are they evolving over time? Which approaches are the most effective? What are key challenges and opportunities?
These are the key questions explored at the roundtable. We had insightful topical kickoffs by Nalini Bates from Procter & Gamble, Kris Oswold from UPS, and Reginald E. Humphrey from General Motors about their experiences working in this space to inspire further discussion.
Participants ranged from early in their supplier diversity journey to those whom have been in it for decades, as well as across industries and companies of all size. The below picture is after 4 hours of web-based discussion and everyone still looks bright-eyed, showing the dynamic nature of the conversation and learnings (not all pictured for those off camera or who had to sign off early). We will be sharing some broad learnings in the weeks to come.
We’re excited to about this initiative and look forward to more events like these in the future.