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4th Annual USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program

  • November 09, 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center 2121 Crystal Dr #100, Arlington, VA 22202


  • A Skype link and dial in will be sent the week prior to the event.
  • A Skype link and dial in will be provided a week prior to the event

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The Path Forward:  Greater Inclusion of Disability Owned Enterprises and Lessons from the Past

Want to engage with fellow supplier diversity professionals and disability owned businesses to discuss innovative ideas to better address the barriers to entry for disability-owned businesses?  Supplier diversity has grown from a focus on minority and women owned businesses to include the LGBTQ,, veteran, and disabled business community.  This inclusion of new groups of businesses for supplier diversity professionals has made their jobs even more complex as they try to increase opportunities for all diverse businesses while operating in a hyper-competitive business environment that is still in the mode of shrinking the total number of  firms in corporate supply chains.  In this dynamic environment, there are some lessons learned from the successes and challenges supplier diversity has experienced over the past 40 years that can help supplier diversity professionals and disabled owned entrepreneurs develop their enterprises.  In this talk, Dr. McKinney  will cover some of these learnings and provide specific recommendations to supplier diversity professionals and disabled entrepreneurs.

Keynote Speaker   

Dr. Fred McKinney, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth

As Managing Director for MBE Programs, Fred McKinney is responsible for the development of legacy MBE programs and the establishment of new programs for MBEs and supplier diversity professionals. Prior to joining Tuck, Fred was the President and CEO of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (2001-2015).  Fred also served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business (1987-2000) and Brandeis University’s Heller School for Advanced Studies of Social Policy (1983-87).  Fred earned his  B.A. in economics from UCLA in 1976 and his Ph.D. in economics from Yale (1983).  Fred has served on numerous boards of directors including, AAA Connecticut,  Yale New Haven Health System’s Bridgeport Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Advisory Board, Gateway Community College Foundation, The Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Community’s Bank.  Fred spent a year at the White House as a Junior Economist from 1978-79 and as Junior Economist at the Rand Corporation in the summers of 1977 and 1978.  Fred lives with his wife Ivy Thomas McKinney in Trumbull, CT.

Program Format:

Following Dr. McKinney/s presentation, we will gather in a “Share Forum” to discuss the three top challenges faced by Supplier Diversity Professionals and Human Resources Professionals as they seek to recruit disability owned businesses into their supply chain and recruit talent with disabilities to their organizations. The discussion will include how to best include Diversity Inclusion in all areas of the organization. DC Metro or USBLN Board member will frame each challenge for a robust discussion for all attendees.

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