The Business Case for Diversity in a Social Responsibility Context -- Panelists

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Main Presenter:

Clark Terrill, C.P.M. has been an educator and lecturer in the field of purchasing for over 28 years. He is a past president of NAPM—Los Angeles and has earned the Lifetime C.P.M. professional designation. Currently, Clark is the senior consultant for The Advantage Company and focuses on purchasing educational seminars, workshops, lectures and consulting.

From 2002 to 2006, Clark was the manager of Corporate Purchasing for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. His staff of buyers had responsibility for approximately $1 billion in spend nationwide. Previously Clark was a purchasing consultant at American Express, where he conducted diagnostic analyses of corporate purchasing systems and assessed how organizations might maximize corporate purchasing card solutions to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Clark spent most of his professional life at American Airlines, where he rose to the position of Western Division manager of Purchasing and Contract Administration, with leadership responsibility for more than 500 outsourced service contracts and over $500 million in materials.

Clark was a featured speaker in the prestigious Purchasing Executive Program offered by The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He is the author and presenter of the groundbreaking series entitled "The Advantage System." He has developed and conducted numerous seminars in the areas of cost savings, purchasing cards, MWBE mentoring and enhancing Supplier Diversity. He has been a featured speaker at MWBE events, trade fairs and organization meetings and has also been a speaker at meetings of ISM affiliates and the 91st Annual ISM International Conference in 2006.


Susan Cole Hill is the Vice President, Human Resources and Communications in the Consumer Products Division of the Walt Disney Company, where her many responsibilities include consulting with and supporting executives in creating a productive, engaging work community where leaders and employees can express diverse points of view, as well as directing the diversity recruitment strategies and plans for vice presidents and above, more than doubling the number of executives to represent 16% of that population. Since joining The Walt Disney Company in 1994, Susan has held several positions relating to human resources and staffing, including serving as the director, global staffing and diversity.

Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, Susan worked as a managing consultant for Brentwood International Conquest Associates, Inc., where she directed long-term minority recruiting programs instrumental in assisting Fortune 100 clients to meet EEOC requirements. With her Bachelor of Science degree in English and Mass Communications from Towson State University, Susan also has worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for CBS and NBC network affiliate television stations in North Carolina and Maryland.

Margaret A. Rawls is the director of AT&T's Supplier Diversity Operations, Procurement. With over 35 years of combined service to the AT&T organizations, Margaret brings conceptual and visionary expertise to the Supplier Diversity Programs. She is responsible for standardizing all systems and processes used to track and report supplier diversity results for the company’s thirteen-state footprint. Margaret and her team have contributed to the success of AT&T's Supplier Diversity Programs. The team has received several corporate awards, including:

  • Best Companies for Minorities by Fortune Magazine
  • Corporate Advocate of the Year Award by Asian Enterprise Magazine
  • Top Companies for Diversity Suppliers by
  • Billion Dollar Roundtable by Minority Business News USA Magazine
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Coordinator of the Year
  • Top 100 Corporations for Hispanics by Hispanic Magazine

Lawrence (Larry) Wooten is the manager, supplier diversity for MeadWestvaco Corporation., with over 25 years of procurement and supplier diversity experience Larry's primary responsibilities are the creation and launch of the formal supplier diversity strategic plan. The plan consists of the strategy for inclusion of diverse businesses in the sourcing process, reporting metrics, communication and supplier development plans. The MeadWestvaco program focuses on the efforts to increase utilization of all diverse businesses in all aspects of the sourcing process.

Prior to joining MeadWestvaco, Larry held the position of supplier diversity manager at Time Warner Corporate Headquarters, tasked with developing a robust 2nd tier program to assist Time Warner in extending the supplier diversity program to all stakeholders. Larry's primary role was the creation and implementation of the 2nd tier contracting program. Larry's responsibilities included the selection of the 1st tier suppliers to participate in the 2nd tier pilot program, developing both internal and external training modules on 2nd tier program implementation.

Larry spent the majority of his professional career with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Sikorsky Aircraft Division, where he held various positions of leadership including supplier diversity manager, providing leadership and management of an annual spend of $900 million to ensure diverse suppliers had the opportunity to compete for contract awards. Larry was the lead advocate to ensure that the company achieved both internal and external goals associated with U.S. Government contracts. Larry also held the position of commodity manager with the responsibility of managing an annual raw material spend of $30 million.

Larry is the past vice chairman of the CT. Minority Supplier Development Council; he has participated as a panelist discussing issues affecting small and diverse businesses, and has also spoken in support of increased utilization of diverse businesses in a global environment. Larry has also been recognized for his efforts as an advocate for diverse suppliers, including being selected as The Minority Business Advocate of the Year by the CT. Minority Supplier Development Council. Larry is also a past Commissioner for Economic Development in Hamden, CT.

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