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.
To learn more click on the video below or visit their website at suppliers.nestleusa.com
Nadine Bartholomew is a freelance writer for MBE magazine. Visit her website at www.thegoodfoodie.org