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Leveraging Minority Supplier Development for West Michigan

September 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


If used strategically, diversity, inclusion, and minority supplier development programs can unlock untapped markets within your local economy and unrealized growth for you and your business. That’s why the MMSDC, through our ONE MMSDC program, is partnering with corporations and MBEs in Mid and West Michigan experienced in supplier diversity to help coach and guide emerging diversity programs in the area. We would love for you to be a part of this team.


This year’s program will be a half-day event featuring a Breakfast keynote and breakout sessions revolving around the topics of:

  • Pinpointing the impact the lack of inclusion has on the Central and West Michigan economy.
  • Discuss best practices from world-class workforce and supplier diversity programs, talk about their successes and how the MBEs they work with helps them retain talent in the region.
  • Discuss current Supplier Diversity efforts taking place in Central and West Michigan and discuss what’s working, and where it can be improved


Breakfast Keynote Panel

Leveraging Diversity & Inclusion to Achieve Your Business Goals

Jim Bos, CPO, Yanfeng

Trina Govan-Scott, CDO, Quicken Loans

Tiffany Douglass, Sr. VP Community Affairs, Bank of America

Moderator, Ralph Moore, President, RGMA


Breakout Sessions

Does Supplier Diversity Really Add to the Bottom Line?

For CEOs, COOs, and CAOs

Ralph Moore, President RGMA


Sharing the Top 1-3 Action Steps to Get Started

For CPOs, Procurement and Supplier Diversity Leaders

Jim Bos, CPO, Yanfeng

Jac Blanco, Manager, Yanfeng

Jackie Watt, Director, Ford


Practical Tips on Leveraging A Holistic Diversity Strategy

For Chief Diversity Officers and HR Leaders

Trina Govan-Scott, CDO, Quicken

Wendy Lewis, CDO, McDonald’s


Practical Tips On Building All Facets of the Community

For Community Affairs Leaders

Tiffany Douglass, SVP, Community Affairs, Bank of America



September 27, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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(313) 873-3200


Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University
301 Fulton W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Supporting Sponsor

The supporting sponsorship gives your company exposure at all major MMSDC events and more. Learn more

The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) is a non-profit organization promoting the economic growth of minority-owned businesses. Learn More

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