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Corporate Seminars

DIR's sought-after educational seminars are designed to give supplier diversity professionals valuable insight they can then leverage to improve the performance of their own programs. Presented by experienced supplier diversity practitioners with world-class programs, these seminars share best practices, current trends and issues impacting supplier diversity programs today. This short video shares the highlights of DIR's "Building Strategic Phases of a Supplier Diversity Process" seminar. Take a look, and visit DIR's YouTube channel for more.
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Picture of "Best Practices in Supplier Diversity Strategies and Initiatives" Seminar August 8-10, 2017 Washington, DC
Renaissance Washington, DC DuPont Circle Hotel

PAST PARTICIPANT'S COMMENTS:

"This event was truly one of the best all-around events that I have attended in the past five years! I always take something away and this is an event that I definitely want to have in my budget next year!"

"I thought this seminar was one of the best I have attended including presentations and opening panel on economic impact!"

"Overall, the 3 days were awesome! I’ve learned so much that I have already begun to use at work. I’m looking forward to taking my lessons learned back to the office and enhancing our reporting and program overall."

2017 TOPICS:

  • Leveraging Second Tier Partnerships. The Value and Impact of a Second Tier Program and the Procurement Process

  • What Counts? Measuring, Tracking and Reporting Spend, and Goal Setting

  • The Value of Supplier Diversity: Return on Investment (ROI and the Business Case
  • Gaining Internal Influence and Integrating Supplier Diversity into the Supply Chain

  • Economic Impact and Development: The Future of Supplier Diversity
  • Government Reporting, Contracts, and Legislative updates

  • Going Global and its Impact of the Future of Supplier Diversity

  • Cyber Security: The risks associated with doing business in today’s technological world and how to protect your corporation, your customers, your suppliers and yourself.

FLIER and AGENDA (agenda subject to change)

WHO ATTENDS: Supplier Diversity Professionals, Purchasing Manager & Buyers, VP’s of Materials and Purchasing, Procurement Managers, SBLOs, Graduates of DIR's Building Strategic Phases Seminar

ACCOMMODATIONS:  A block of rooms will be reserved for DIR seminar attendees. Reservation information will be sent with registration confirmation.

NOTE:  There is NO onsite registration.

FEE: $995/person. Includes sessions, materials, networking reception, continental breakfast and lunch.

QUESTIONS?  Email: info@diversityinforesources.com or call us at 612-781-6819. We look forward to having you there!

Picture of “Building Strategic Phases of a Supplier Diversity Process” February 22-23, 2017 in Las Vegas
REGISTRATION closed....sold out. Two full days of ideas, networking, learning, and best practices. Fee includes breakfast and lunch both days, and workbook materials. $985

From past attendees: "The networking was excellent! --- Subject matter created great dialogue. --- I found all of the topics covered in this training were helpful and informative. --- Knowledgeable and savvy presenter; two days well spent! --- Very honest dialogue about supplier diversity in its totality."

Wondering if this seminar is for you? Check out this informational video

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To see the format, you're welcome to download the 2017 flier HERE.

Facilitator:  Experienced Supplier Diversity professional, Connie Smith, formerly Director of Supplier Diversity Development at Altria.

  • Proven tactics, information and ideas enable attendees to return to work with actions that can be implemented immediately.
  • Specifically designed to enable the creation of, and/or improvement to, an effective supplier diversity process within major corporations, prime suppliers with SD initiatives, non-profits and educational institutions.

Topics:

  • An Overview of Supplier Diversity Development
  • Engaging and Enrolling Leadership, Procurement and Suppliers
  • Key Elements to Sustainable Supplier Diversity Processes
  • Being Strategic: How to Develop and Market an Effective Supplier Diversity Plan
  • How to Build a Supportive Internal Team
  • Reaching Out to Build Within: Engaging Industry Groups, Trade PR and Business Fairs
  • Bringing Majority Suppliers into a Second Tier Initiative
  • Data Management Solutions: An Overview of Tracking and Reporting Spend
  • Best Practices for Effective Internal and External Communication
  • What’s Your Game Plan? Training and Educating Your Organization and Suppliers
  • From Strategy to Sustainability—How Creating a Road Map Leads to Innovation, Breakthroughs, and a Successful Supplier Diversity Process

WHO ATTENDS?

  • Supplier Diversity Professionals
  • Purchasing Managers and Buyers
  • VP's of Materials and Purchasing
  • Procurement Managers
  • SBLOs

Hotel information is sent with registration confirmation letter (not purchase receipt).

Picture of “Building Strategic Phases of a Supplier Diversity Process” Seminar Workbook
$499
This dynamic workbook accompanies DIR's annual seminar (held in February) called "Building Strategic Phase of a Supplier Diversity Initiative". If you are not able to attend the seminar, this workbook (updated annually) will give you the basics covered in the workshops including case studies, helpful work sheets, and much more. The workbook is best used in tandem with the seminar, but even when used alone, it will help supplier diversity professionals and procurement managers develop or enhance corporate supplier diversity programs and initiatives. It includes:
  • Outlines key elements of a successful program, team and culture
  • Discusses developing a strategic plan and how to engage senior management
  • Covers benchmarking and performance measures
  • Includes numerous samples, exercises and how-to’s

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