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SUPPLIER DIVERSITY Mentoring Program Helps Women Business Owners


Develop Tools To Win Major Corporate Contacts by Stephen Fashoro


for a select group of minority women business owners, the knowledge and con- nections they have gained through a new AT&T mentoring program could help them land lucrative corporate contracts. For the past twelve months, seven mi-


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nority women business owners have been participating in a rigorous year-long men- toring program called, Women of Color Business (WOCB) Growth Initiative that


famous quote by Sir Francis Bacon once said “knowledge is power” and


was created by AT&T. In this program, they learned how to operate effectively within a global supply chain, utilize gov- ernment and private sector resources, and incorporate cutting-edge technology to improve their business operations. As of August 2010, the seven participants will now be known as the programs first grad- uating class. The initiative was launched in 2009 to


help minority women business owners de- velop the tools and expertise to win large


corporate contracts. The participants in the program were Madinah Ali, chair- woman and CEO of MSA Global; Cindy Kazee, owner and president of University Network Development; Kim Le, CPA and CIA, CEO and founder of A2Q2 Corpora- tion; Gloria Robbins, CEO and founder of Specialized Marketing Services; Shavila Singh, founder and president of Zero Waste Soulitions; Tracy Stanhoff, presi- dent and creative director of AD PRO and Harriet Stricklen, founder and past presi- dent of AMG-A Management Group. The women participated in executive


coaching sessions, classes, webinars and other activities that taught them how to operate within a global supply chain, uti- lize government and private sector re- sources, incorporate cutting-edge technol- ogy to improve their business operations, remove defects and elevate their custom- ers satisfaction. “The program provided a lot of value


United Technologies Corp. Spotlights Supplier Diversity


on Thursday, Oct. 7. The event united more than 220 members of UTC’s supply chain at United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Conn. This year’s theme, Connecting the Value Chain, fostered connections among


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minority, veteran and women-owned businesses and created networking opportu- nities between suppliers and supply management executives from UTC and its business units. United Technologies has spent more than $930 million with mi- nority and women-owned businesses in the past year. C&P Manufacturing Inc., a minority owned and certified Small-Disadvantaged


Business in South Windsor, Conn., was honored with the 2010 Diverse Supplier Excellence award. C&P Manufacturing Inc. has been a trusted supplier to Pratt &


Whitney for more than 25 years. does.” Source: DiversityBusiness.com


22 PROFESSIONAL WOMAN’S MULTICULTURAL MAGAZINE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF DIVERSITY


nited Technologies Corp. honored its commitment to supporting a diverse, global business environment with its 9th annual Diverse Business Exchange


in terms of assistance with MSA Global in developing a state of the art Quality Man- agement System (QMS), while preparing us for major contracts with corporations such as AT&T,” said Madinah Ali, chair- woman and CEO of MSA Global. AT&T implemented the mentoring


program in response to the Center of Women’s Business Research’s 2008 study of women of color businesses. The study found that these businesses are starting at three times the rate of all other groups yet lag behind other firms in terms of growth factors such as revenue and number of employees. “For AT&T to succeed we need to be


able to count on quality-certified suppliers that can help us deliver best-in-class prod- ucts and services to our customers,” said Marianne Strobel, executive director, AT&T Global Supplier Diversity. Since graduating, the seven partici-


pants have been introduced to AT&T op- portunities that match their specific offer- ings and to AT&T prime suppliers to


explore potential business opportunities. Source: diversitybusiness.com


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