Competitive Edge - April 2016               
Monthly E - Newsletter

April 2016 - In This Issue:

President's Message
Nancy Murray

"Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work." Andres Tapia

On April 14th we will be presenting our Supplier Diversity Expo and Member Meeting at BNY Mellon.  This annual event brings together our employers and other corporations with diverse suppliers as a form of, what I like to call, "speed dating". The suppliers find out more about our corporate members and we find out more about these diverse entrepreneurs.

Diversity includes not only minorities, women, veterans but also emerging professionals and experienced professionals in transition. Having a diverse workforce, whether it be your own employees or suppliers with whom you partner, spurs creative thinking, innovation and a rich mix of cultures and experiences.
I believe that ISM NY and its members are some of the most committed people to the expansion of diversity.  I also have the great pleasure of facilitating a panel of diversity experts as part of our monthly meeting directly after the Expo.

 Please make sure you attend our day of diversity.  I look forward to seeing you soon, sharing and listening.

President, ISM - New York 
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Board Service 2016- 2017 

The Nominating Committee is currently looking for individuals to fill the following positions:

Director of Membership
-Chairman of the Professional &  Outsourcing Services Sourcing  Group
-Chairman of the Facilities  Management Group 
-Chairman of the Report on  Business Group
-Chairman of the Technologies &  Telecommunications Group  
If you would like to recommend   a person for board service or perhaps self-nominate yourself, please contact   Keith E. Hines, Nominating Committee Chairman or  Julienne Ryan,  Executive Director. The deadline for the nominating committee's consideration is April 8th, 2016. 

Join us for "Two Great Events - One Day of Supplier Diversity" Manage your connections & learn more about the importance of Supplier Diversity in your procurement role. 

Supplier Diversity EXPO
Registration Opens at 8:30 am
9:00 am - 11:30 am

Supplier Diversity 
Monthly Membership Meeting 
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Panel Presentation:
          "The Competitive Advantage of Supplier Diversity"

The Supplier Diversity EXPO is an event which allows diverse suppliers to meet.  Through this event, ISM-New York supports the proactive business approach of goods and services from previously under-utilized suppliers. 

EXPO & Membership Meeting included for all ISM-New York dues paying Members
Non-Member Diverse Suppliers benefit from special EXPO & Meeting fees.
Click the " registration now" link for details.

  We look forward to seeing you at this event.


         Julienne Ryan
           ISM-New York Inc.

A Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors

Melissa Wahl
Director - Supplier Diversity 
Celebrating Supplier Diversity Month at ISM - New York

Corporate America has recognized that Sup plier Diversity makes 
good business sense, and we know that you do, too. Here are a few examples:

Dun & Bradstreet released a White Paper: The Growing Business Imperative for Supplier Diversity.          It states that Global brands are recognizing the strong potential for supplier diversity programs to help them grow their businesses - whether through increased market share among emerging customer bases, stronger share price, faster innovation cycles or more intangible measures such as brand awareness and loyalty.

The Billion Dollar Roundtable recognizes and celebrates leading corporations that achieved spending of at least $1 billion with minority and woman-owned suppliers. Members include AT&T, IBM Corporation, Microsoft, and other leading corporations. The BDR encourages corporate entities to continue growing their supplier diversity programs by increasing commitment and spending levels each year.
We invite you to celebrate Supplier Diversity by joining us for two great events on one day - April 14, 2016.  The 2016 Annual Supplier Diversity Expo and Membership Meeting will take place on that day at BNY Mellon.  This important event was made possible through the generous support of three exceptional companies, Interpublic Group, New York University, and BNY Mellon.
The ISM New York Supplier Diversity Committee has been working all year long to bring you this exceptional, can't miss event. Donna Georgio of HighRoad Press and Nirmal Goswamy of Neotecra are the 2016 Expo & Membership Meeting Co-Chairs.

The day will also include presentation of the Outstanding Supplier Diversity Program Award during the Expo to recognize a Corporate Member who has demonstrated a commitment through innovative and effective contributions in the profession and the development of diverse suppliers. The Membership Meeting will feature an informative and engaging discussion from industry leaders around the theme of The Competitive Advantage of Supplier Diversity.

I'd also like to share some of the other notable accomplishments of our passionate and highly engaged committee members this year. 
In January Ines Eden of New York University and Andrea Sotomayor of National Grid presented the well attended Webinar program, Start or Grow: The Top 8 Strategies of a Successful Supplier Diversity Program.
Allison Kent of Atrium Staffing and Jill Davis Kone of the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council have interviewed and written insightful Supplier Diversity Focus Articles in quarterly issues of the Competitive Edge Newsletter.

Claire Scanlon, 
Vice President, Supplier Development, BNY Mellon
Claire Scanlon has led BNY Mellon's supplier diversity program since1994.
Through her focused initiatives, BNY Mellon works closely with small and diverse suppliers to expand their opportunities with the company, providing guidance and support as needed in order to pre pare them to bid on new business. In addition, the company collaborates with organizations that focus on economic development, growth and learning, and leadership -- to promote the full potential of individuals, their companies and the communities in which we all live and work 

"We make every attempt to include at least one or more small and diverse owned business in every RFP", says Claire.  "For some of our new construction projects coming up we are trying to earmark certain contracts to just small and diverse owned businesses".

To develop its diverse suppliers, BNY Mellon works with advocacy organizations to provide training and development programs to small and diverse business owners and their staff. 

They also participate in trade fairs to meet new suppliers.  Working with small and diverse businesses, such as those owned and operated by women, minorities, veterans, the disabled and LGBTs, plays a critical role in helping BNY Mellon achieve its objectives as a leading financial institution. These firms supply the quality products and services that allow the company to remain efficient and innovative in its businesses and the global marketplace.

The company's commitment to supplier diversity and to the economic growth and development of diverse owned businesses in its supply chain, has the full support of its corporate leadership.
Claire says, "We value their contributions and are committed to continuing our support for small and diverse firms that wish to participate in our procurement process".


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