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Kathey Porter Kathey Porter has been a Supplier Diversity Director and consultant
Director of Small Business for the government, higher education and corporate sectors, and
has successfully assisted small businesses in receiving millions of
and dollars in contract opportunities. As the Director of Small Business
Vendor Diversity Relations and Vendor Diversity Relations for the University of Florida,
University of Florida she is responsible for an inclusive program focusing on ensuring
equal access for small/HUBzone/minority/small/disadvantaged/
veteran/service-disabled veteran/women-owned businesses.
Porter is a frequent speaker, panelist and workshop facilitator,
and a member of the national task analysis committee for the
Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) certification
with the Institute for Supply Management. She is the author of 50
Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in
Entrepreneurship and Leadership (Palgrave Macmillan), and her second
book is scheduled to be released later this year. Porter is a Certified
Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) through the Institute for
Supply Management.

Willie Johnson Willie Johnson is the Procurement Manager, Supplier Diversity at
Procurement Manager, CHEP and has overseen the growth of supplier diversity spend by
79% year-over-year. He regularly shares information about CHEP’s
Supplier Diversity robust process and practices with supplier diversity organizations
CHEP like NMSDC, WBENC and others to add value to the supplier
community. Johnson’s collaborative approach has embedded
supplier diversity into the CHEP culture, meaning everyone is
working toward the same goals. To expand an already successful
program, Johnson focuses on understanding available opportunities,
identifying the available supplier base and understanding the capacity
of suppliers.With this information, he can position the appropriate
suppliers for partnerships and growth opportunities in the
organization. Johnson actively locates suppliers who can provide the
scope of service or products CHEP is sourcing, ensuring that diverse
suppliers are included in the process. He brings deep knowledge
of supplier-diversity issues to his position. As a past manager with
Supplier Diversity and Council Services, he is an active committee
member working on special projects for various supplier diversity
organizations.

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