The BIGGER DISCUSSION III Attracts Top Leaders in Supplier Diversity

For many years, supplier diversity has continued to be an evolving conversation among corporate thought leaders for the continued advancement of MBEs and corporations alike in this space.

This conversation was taken to new heights in 2012, when The BIGGER DISCUSSION™ debuted on YouTube to wide acclaim. The success of the game-changing panel discussion on supplier diversity carried over into the second year as the first two discussions combined to power 50,000 views in a space where mere hundreds are a benchmark of success.
Cofounded by Dr. Scott A. Vowels, Alvin-o Williams and Phala Kimbrough Mire, the recent third installment at the GATEWAY2014 Business Connections Conference & Expo of the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council included a Who’s Who list of panelists.

The Future of Supplier Diversity III panel included Joset Wright-Lacy, president and CEO of the NMSDC, Pamela Prince Eason, president and CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Gerald Fernandez, president and CEO of the Multicultural Food Service & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) and Richard Huebner, president and CEO of the Houston MSDC tackled a wide range of challenging issues related to the future of Supplier Diversity
Topics such as certification stigma, globalization, corporate ROI and recognition of LGBT certification were among a myriad of issues taken on by these industry thought leaders.

Pictured left to right: The BIGGER Discussion – The Future of Supplier Diversity III panelists were Scott Vowels, moderator, The Bigger Discussion cofounder; Joset Wright-Lacy, president and CEO, NMSDC; Gerald Fernandez, president and CEO, Multicultural Food Service & Hospitality Alliance; Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council; and Richard Huebner, president and CEO, Houston MSDC.


“We were excited about this panel for so many reasons, but none more important than the fact that the top leaders of America’s premier supplier diversity associations were represented,” said Mire, president of the Southern Region MSDC.
Included in this group of great minds is Vowels, whose recently released book “Don’t Be Afraid to Call the Baby Ugly: How The BIGGER Discussion Changed an Industry,” has quickly become the No. 1 selling book in its category on and has played a large role in the success of the annual discussion on supplier diversity.

“These discussions are meant to address the hard issues in any industry and eventually will move beyond the topic of supplier diversity,” Williams said. “We want to encourage people everywhere, in all walks of life, to engage in honest dialogue that ultimately changes attitudes and behaviors.”

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