2015 - 4th Quarter

NAEP Supplier Diversity Institute

By Daryl Hodnett, Director of Supplier diversity and Small Business Programs

The National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) is holding its bi-annual Supplier Diversity Institute (SDI) in Kansas City August 1-2, 2016. Daryl Hodnett, Director of Supplier Diversity and Small Business Development, has been appointed as Chair of the Host City Committee. Additionally, Chris Kelly, Supplier Diversity Leader at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Kansas City will serve as Co-Chair. The team has already lined up members from UMKC, Wash U, and local leaders of the Black and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the Midwest Women’s Business Council to join the committee. One to two corporate members from the Kansas City community will be added to the committee as well. It is expected that over 100 people from across the country will register and attend the event.

NAEP is the professional association primarily dedicated to serving higher education purchasing officers and buyers in the U.S. and Canada, mostly through continuing education. NAEP started SDI in 2010 as the concept of supplier diversity was increasing nationally within corporate procurement and supply chains. The mission was to focus on developing and sharing supplier diversity strategies among educational professionals. The 2014 event in Chicago had grown to 80 attendees for two days of seminars and workshops.

Kansas City was chosen for its location and large number of active NAEP institutions in the region. Part of what the Host City Committee will do that’s different from previous years is to have a diverse supplier trade fair. For members attending SDI, it provides an opportunity to connect with diverse suppliers. And, this allows SDI to provide something tangible for the Kansas City business community, particularly the diverse segment. The committee will also help NAEP focus on inviting university leaders, particularly in border states that have not engaged in supplier diversity, to attend and gain some knowledge and contacts on the subject.

As the state’s lead university and a major institution in Kansas City, it is important that UM System and UMKC participate and help lead in making this a well-attended event, especially where the objective of SDI for 2016 (Educate, Empower, Sustain) is brought to life. Additionally, having MCC and Wash U partnering with the University of Missouri will make this a better and more productive conference for Kansas City and Missouri.

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