Like small and diverse businesses, we want to be an engine for change. Often, we are asked where we see supplier diversity heading. Our outlook is very positive - but we could be considered bias.
So, instead of only providing our assumptions of the future of our industry, we asked hundreds of professionals the simple question:
We hope the responses reinforce the reasons you became involved in supplier diversity, and inspire fresh ideas to bring our community to new heights.
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Strategic Sourcing Analyst, MBA, MCA
Small Business Liaison Officer, Atmos Energy Corp.
"Supplier diversity will increase in its presence amongst corporations and municipalities, especially those smaller firms who have never been challenged to think outside of the box and include diverse suppliers as a fundamental concept of their overall business culture."
"For enterprises and large corporations, [supplier diversity] will become a more important component as to who they make purchases from."
"Moving toward an increased application of ROI metrics and economic impact of programs."
"Given the current climate of our country, administration in office, and talks of [Minority Business Development Agency] funding being cut, corporations will have a larger responsibility to empower, partner with, and mentor diverse firms."
"With a new VP of Global Procurement, the attitude of the program has changed for the better, and as long as that positivity is portrayed, I foresee a best-in-class program."
"There will be an aggregation of diverse groups to form larger constituencies."
Inspire the current and future generation of supplier diversity leaders by telling the world where you think the industry is heading.
Give us your take by using the form to the right. Be as descriptive as you'd like. The best quotes will get a front row seat to be seen by the entire industry.
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