Virtual Panel: Diversity and Inclusion

December 02, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Zoom Virtual Meeting

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Join us on Wednesday, December 2nd as the SMPS Columbus Chapter will be hosting a virtual discussion with Central Ohio leaders from various market segments regarding their Diversity and Inclusive practices within their respective companies.  Panelists will discuss best practices around D&I initiatives and how they lead by example in the communities in which they serve.    

Kavy Lenon, Senior Supplier Diversity Manager - Herman Miller

Kavy Lenon serves at the Senior Supplier Diversity Manager for Herman Miller for the last eight years. For the past decade, Kavy has been a contributor in promoting growth of diverse owned businesses through various opportunities by coaching, educating, advocating, and community outreach. Kavy gravitates to challenges and is motivated to solve complex business problems.  She successfully connects new business opportunities by utilizing the corporate value of inclusiveness and diversity  as a differentiator for competitive bidding. 

Karmin Bailey, Senior Manager Procurement & Business Diversity - Columbus Regional Airport Authority
As a 20-year employee of the airport authority, Karmin brings a wealth of experience and a set of trained, fiscal eyes that help to elevate the Business Diversity program. Through the promotion of business opportunities and the collaboration of partnerships with other business agencies, she works to enhance the way the airport authority executes diversity and inclusion. Karmin is committed to ensuring that small and minority-owned businesses have maximum opportunity to provide exceptional goods and services for the organization and help drive economic growth in Ohio. 

James Ferguson, VP Advancing Black Headways - JP Morgan Chase
Advancing Black Pathways is a bold JPMorgan Chase initiative powered by the global breadth of the firm to make our economy work for more people. In his role James works to increase access to educational and training opportunities for Black people to advance in their careers. James is also responsible for managing and expanding the firm’s relationship with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to recruit talent and support the professional development and financial health of the nation’s Black student population.

Yolanda Zepeda, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Diversity & Inclusion - The Ohio State University 
Yolanda leads university wide efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in faculty recruitment and hiring practices, and promotes the adoption of model practices in the recruitment and advancement of students from underrepresented groups.  Yolanda facilitates institutional collaborations, partnerships and community outreach projects to expand access for groups historically underrepresented in higher education. She also oversees a range of targeted programs that promote the full inclusion of students from diverse backgrounds.  This year, Yolanda was awarded the Prospanica Comunidad Award for her contributions to support and inspire members of the Columbus Latinx community. 

Quincy Howard, Contracts/DBE Program Administrator - COTA
Marliese Wicker, Small Emerging Business Coordinator - Franklin County Board of Commissioners
Terri Wise, Outreach Cooridinator - Columbus City Schools


$25.00 SMPS Columbus Chapter Member

$35.00 Not a member of SMPS Columbus Chapter