Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nestlé Promotes eLearning at the 2012 NMSDC Conference

By Nadine Bartholomew

This week, over 7,000 top corporate representatives, minority businesses, civic leaders and members of the media converged at the Colorado Convention Center to participate in the four-day National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Conference and Business Opportunity Fair.

The theme of this conference was “Minority Businesses and Corporate America: Advancing Minority Suppliers in the Global Supply Chain” and in keeping with this theme, Karen Blackwell, Manger of Supplier Diversity and Development for Nestlé Business Services, facilitated an eLearning session for suppliers from the show floor of the Business Opportunity Fair, and co-hosted the annual networking reception of NMSDC’s Food and Beverage Industry Group (the Group).

As the chairperson of the Group, Blackwell exemplifies her company’s commitment to having a diverse supplier base and to utilizing minority, woman and veteran-owned suppliers across every aspect of its business. During the eLearning session, Blackwell shared information about the online tool Nestlé uses to educate potential suppliers about its supplier diversity program and highlighted how this interactive feature allows registered users to explore where their products and/or services may fit best within the different operating companies of Nestlé USA.

The Good Foodie caught up with Blackwell after the Group’s networking reception at the History Colorado Center in Denver, and asked her to comment on how Nestlé is working with minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) to help them embrace and maximize the potential of new technologies.

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Nadine Bartholomew is a freelance writer for MBE magazine. Visit her website at


  1. E Learning can be successful in years to come. Overall, it has less expenses that an actual classroom program. Institutions should invest in this kind of development to further enhance the quality of education.

  2. Promoting education by utilizing the internet is a necessary step in improving the quality of education. At least we know how the company prioritizes learning, and not just their profit.

  3. Good move coming from Nestle. Businesses and companies all over the world should produce programs like this to help out to children who aren't capable in being at school. This could also supplement their knowledge in managing their company and lessen the risk of being put down cause through the process they'll learn something out of it.

  4. Congratulations!! Nestle has taken a big initiative!! Bravo!

  5. This is so nice, I checked the page and I found the early nutrition e-Academy, is great!

  6. Companies should make programs like this one, they would help a lot of people besides it is good publicity. comprobar