[Virtual] Supplier Diversity: Building Inclusive Procurement Strategies

Thursday, February 24, 2022
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Practicing supplier diversity provides not only an economic benefit for local socio-economic communities but is quite simply good for business. Companies with supplier diversity initiatives often gain stronger relationships with their supply base, more business opportunities and commercial advantages, and a more agile supply chain. Just as well, Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) are often more flexible and willing to adapt to their clients’ needs, making them more resilient during times of market disruption.

While these benefits are well understood by most buying companies, connecting with diverse suppliers and building an inclusive procurement strategy is commonly perceived to be a daunting endeavor. To create clearer access and more opportunities for diverse suppliers and companies in the region, pathways must be illuminated by those currently walking the walk.

Hear from businesses championing supplier diversity to better understand how to start or enhance your company’s procurement strategies to be more inclusive and agile. Gain insight into creating accessible systems for minority suppliers to engage and identify opportunities to build dynamic relationships with diverse suppliers and partners. Attendees will also learn the importance of setting appropriate measurable goals around inclusive procurement and gaining commitment from top-level decision-makers.

Speakers to Date

  • Valarie J. Cofield, President/CEO, Eastern Minority Supplier Diversity Council
  • Raina S. Mehta, Legal Director, The Bellwether District, an HRP Project 
  • Chuck Stefanosky, Supplier Diversity Director, Independence Blue Cross
  • Charlene Vickers, Director, Supplier Diversity and Inclusion, Johnson & Johnson

This Event is Closed


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia strives to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all. If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please contact us here at least three business days in advance of the event. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Health & Safety Policy:
The Chamber will take precautions to ensure the health & safety of our guests, abiding guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) along with state and local laws. By attending, guests assume the risk related to possible exposure. Those who are sick, suspect they have or had COVID, should not attend.

Registration/Cancellation Policy:
Pre-registration is necessary and payment is required upon registration. Walk-ins are not guaranteed entrance. No refunds will be given one week prior to program/event. Substitutions may be made with at least 24-hour notice.

Ticket/Seating Policy:
Tickets are held at the door under company name. Reserved seating for tables purchases only.

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Attendee Policy:
Chamber programs/events are privately sponsored events with a structured format. No demonstrations or other disruptions will be tolerated. Violation of this policy may result in the attendee's removal from the premises or virtual program/event without refund, in addition to possible legal remedies.

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Contact Brittany Moore at bmoore@chamberphl.com


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