April 14, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

2021 Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Virtual Symposium

The Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Virtual Symposium is a world-class educational event featuring expert practitioners who provide first-hand experience and tools and resources to successfully implement and expand global supplier diversity and inclusion. We invite you to join your peers virtually in expanding industry knowledge, connecting stakeholders and advancing initiatives around the world. As this event is virtual, this is a unique opportunity to gain access to all of this content and make connections from anywhere in the world and without any travel logistics.

Updated agenda below.

Attendance cost: US$ 500

Hourly Schedule

April 14, 2021

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome and Introductions

Welcome by Michael Tobolski, VP Member Development WEConnect International and Rebecca Pearson, President and CMO, WEConnect International

9:10 am - 9:50 am

C Suite Fireside Chat

Insightful discussion between Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott International and Susanna Webber, CPO, Merck

9:50 am - 10:30 am

Global Perspectives Discussion

Discussion between Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International and Sanda Ojuambo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact

Sanda Ojuambo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:45 am

Beginning Global SD&I Efforts, Panel

Moderator: Peter Zerp, Supplier Inclusion & Diversity Program Lead, Accenture Panelists: Sherry Diccion, Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity, Adient Anna Hakobyan, Global Procurement Sustainability Lead, AstraZeneca Bryan Wiggins, Supplier Diversity Lead, Global Procurement Services, Cisco William Holmes, Global Head, Supplier Diversity, GSK

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

CSR, Sustainability, UN SDGs & SD&I Collaboration

Moderator: Dr. William Kapfer, Global Head of Supplier Diversity, JP Morgan Chase Panelists: I. Javette Hines, Esq., Global Head, Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability, Citi Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability & Supplier Diversity, Marriott International Nalini Bates, Senior Director Supplier Citizenship, Procter & Gamble

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch - Break

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Maturing Global SD&I Efforts, and The Future of Supplier Diversity, Panel

Moderator: Kris Oswold, Vice President Global Supplier Diversity, UPS Panelists: Marisa Pappalardo, Manager - Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, Ford Eliza Gonzalez, Sr. Director, Procurement Citizenship Solutions, Johnson & Johnson Megan Stowe, Greater European Region Strategic Sourcing Director & International Supplier Diversity Manager, Intel

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

How to Be a Change Agent Within Your Organization

A discussion between Nancy Swartout, Global Sustainable Procurement Manager, ExxonMobil and Ryan Rueschhoff, Distributor Business Consultant, ExxonMobil

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Global SD&I Organizations – Overview and Updates

Moderator, - Michael Robinson, Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity, IBM Panelists: Jill Houghton, President and CEO, Disability:IN Cassandra Dorrington, President CAMSC, representing GSDA Erasmo Sanchez Herrera, Director, NGLCC Global Laura Taylor, Vice President Network Operations and Strategic Programs, WBENC Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-founder, WEConnect International

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Q&A, Wrap-Up and Close

Led by Michael Tobolski, Vice President Member Development, WEConnect International