Activating an effective vendor diversity program

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Increasingly businesses of all sizes are prioritizing vendors that are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Realizing diverse perspectives enhance creativity, innovation, and problem solving, many programs are structured to attract vendors that reflect the diversity of the communities and the customers they serve. Vendor/supplier diversity programs are aimed at engaging a new, growing, and varied set of suppliers and are now a key component of any company’s DEI program. In this webinar, our expert legal panelists discuss the successes and challenges of implementing and running a DEI-supported program while continuing to mitigate legal risks. 

This discussion will cover:
  • Initiating a DEI-supported vendor/supplier program.
  • Developing and implementing corporate policies, procedures, and procurement strategies.
  • Best practices for onboarding suppliers, procuring the right tools, and more.

Mary Anne Martin
Senior Legal Editor, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters
Mary Anne Martin joined Practical Law from US. Foods where she was a Director in the Commercial Law Department. Previously she practiced as Senior Director and Managing Counsel of the Merchandising and Marketing Law Department at Walgreen Co. and Senior Counsel at Sears, Roebuck and Co. Prior to Sears, she practiced at law firms in Chicago, Illinois including Peterson & Ross and Martin, Craig, Chester & Sonnenschein, LLP.
Gloria Gibbs
Assistant General Counsel, US Foods
Gloria Gibbs is an Assistant General Counsel for US Foods where she works primarily with the Commercial Team, including Category Management, Marketing and Product Innovation.  Her focus is on supplier-facing matters, and manages US Foods’ intellectual property portfolio.  Her team includes Supplier Diversity for the company. 
Marsha Tolchin
Deputy General Counsel, ITW

Gilberto Solis Rodriguez Director Global Procurement Planning and Programmes, Thomson Reuters

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