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Mentoring Diverse Suppliers - Podcast

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Title: Mentoring Diverse Suppliers

Length: 5 minutes
Type: Q&A


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Yvette Porter, CPSD, CSDP, is Manager of Supplier Diversity at Cracker Barrel. Porter is a highly skilled professional with 20 + years experience in sourcing, supplier diversity, pricing strategies, competitor and market analysis, complex contract negotiations, logistics, legal compliancy, purchasing and supplier and corporate relations.

Prior to joining Cracker Barrel, Porter served as a Small Business Liaison Officer with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield where she was responsible for company-wide planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of Highmark's supplier diversity initiative. This included developing and facilitating comprehensive short-, mid-, and long-term strategies for implementing supplier inclusion in all procurements for Highmark.

Porter was awarded the "2011 Advocate of the Year" award, for enhancing the growth of the minority business enterprise community. This is given to an individual who serves as a strong supporter of The WPMSDC through the continuance of referrals of prospective members both, MBE and Corporate. Porter was instrumental in helping Highmark secure the "Regional Corporation of the Year" award from the Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council for three consecutive awards, 2009 thru 2011. Porter also serves as a Highmark representative for several community service events and programs.

Porter currently serves as Past President of the National Association of Purchasing Managers of Central Pennsylvania, Vice Chair for the Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development, and a member of the Women's Business Enterprise Council of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware's Certification.