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Diversity & Inclusion Summit Speaker Spotlight: Silas Carter

Posted by: Naomi Lin on Monday, August 21, 2017

What is supplier diversity? Why is it important for an organization to pursue supplier diversity? How does it drive a company‘s success and profitability? What does the supplier diversity program mean to you? What is the strategic procurement process?

If you are looking for answers to these questions, you will not want to miss this workshop at the Greenville Chamber‘s Diversity & Inclusion Summit on October 17, 2017. “Measuring Corporate Commitment through Executive Leadership” is all about supplier diversity and other business diversity initiatives that have been strategic developments for public and private sector entities for more than 40 years and they remain as leading edge business drivers.There is a wide range of components that drive and lead to profitability, cost competitiveness, corporate governance, employee retention, sustainable growth, product/service innovation, branding and corporate image. These all result from change initiatives that are necessary to ensure a position, either as leader or follower. Our facilitator, Silas L. Carter, who is a president at the Future Procurement Group, LLC with over 20-years of experience in global procurement management programs, strategic sourcing, contract negotiations, supplier diversity initiatives, cross-functional management and consulting, will disclose the benefits of supplier diversity strategies and how these strategies recognize the value of minority businesses as suppliers and strategic partners.

Knowing the significance of supplier diversity and challenges to companies who execute supply diversity strategies, Silas Carter developed supplier diversity programs for a company as a whole. These programs provide solutions for the internal business leaders, clients and suppliers in order to build successful and effective company culture diversity. He provides subject matter expertise regarding supporting client expectations and requirements, leading a corporate procurement team and assuring compliance of purchasing/sourcing competencies through audits and business forums in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Silas Carter is past chair of industry groups at ISM (Institute Supply Management) and is past chair of CMSDC (Connecticut). Through his career, he made substantial influence in the fields of supplier diversity. Several national publications, such as FORTUNE, Black Enterprise, Hispanic Entrepreneur, Asian Enterprise, Minority Business News USA, and MBE Magazine recognized him for contributions to the diverse and small business development sectors and procurement.

The Greenville Chamber is pleased and delighted to have Silas Carter as a Facilitator for the 2017 Diversity Summit, LEVERAGING HUMAN DIFFERENCE: A Strategic Priority for Business Success & Community Prosperity. This Summit is scheduled for October 17, 2017 from 9 am to 6 pm at the TD Convention Center. This full day experience will engage business and community leaders across a wide range of private/public sectors and will consists of an opening plenary with keynote speaker, a luncheon with a keynote speaker and approximately 9 different workshops offered in between. The day will end with a LEVERAGE. LAUNCH. LEAD Networking Reception for all guests and speakers.

We have secured a dynamic roster of presenters who are all national and international experts skilled in a wide array of diversity strategies. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from authorities who have years of experience. Viewing diversity and inclusion as a leadership function is vital for professional and personal development. The summit will address a variety of topics relevant to helping leaders more effectively manage and value human difference to create high performing organizations and thriving communities. A full listing of session descriptions, speaker bios and registration information can be found online here.

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