By Design Supplier Diversity Symposium
Create Campaign, Inc., Kansas Business Services and the Wichita State University Office of Strategic Planning and Engagement invited purchasing professionals, business leaders and minority business enterprises to gather to learn best practices in contracting, competitiveness and creating inclusive corporate cultures.
Maia Siprashvili, Deputy Commissioner, Supplier Diversity, State of Indiana, Department of Administration shared her division's work overseeing the implementation of goals for spending with certified minority and women businesses, the state's disparity study findings (a roughly $1 million study conducted every five years by state statute) resulting in the establishment of goals and how her division is measuring impact and overseeing compliance.
LaShonda Garnes, VP of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity of Fidelity Bank, shared strategies for creating a corporate culture that supports inclusion.
Darrius Wright, event partner and Principal of Kansas Business Services, discussed with minority contractors ways to be more competitive and how to build relationships with purchasing professionals.
Rhonda Harris, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Development with the Kansas Department of Commerce, discussed upcoming legislation pertaining to the establishment of purchasing goals at the state level.
Kaye Monk-Morgan, VP of Strategic Planning and Engagement at WSU, discussed how the University is updating its software system to improve data collection on supplier diversity while also reexamining its request for proposal processes and outreach about bidding opportunities to encourage more minority participation on campus projects.
Participants also heard from Wayne Bell, Director with the US Small Business Administration's Wichita District Office and Marcia Stevens of the WSU Kansas Small Business Development Center.
To keep the momentum, participants are working together to create a playbook of local, actionable practices to implement. Participants also have an opportunity to schedule virtual coffees with Create Campaign, Inc. to discuss their strategies in moving the work forward.
More than 70 people from Wichita and the surrounding region registered for the Symposium.