GSC Web Meeting: Supplier Diversity As Integral Part of Ethical Business

DATE: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013

TIME: 12pm – 1pm EDT

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More and more companies around the world have Supplier Diversity programs and departments these days. There are good reasons for that. Supplier Diversity is generally defined as a business program that encourages the engagement of diverse-owned, women owned, veteran-owned, LGBT-owned, etc., organizations – historically underutilized business. Our panel will discuss questions like:

• What is supplier diversity and what are the best practices for its implementation?

• How is supplier diversity different from supplier diversification?

• What are the business benefits of implementing supplier diversity?

• Are there regions where it is particularly hard to achieve supplier diversity? How should one deal with that?

There will be room for questions from the audience!


JenniferJennifer Lowenberg is a Program Manager for Supplier Diversity at Chrysler Group, LLC in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In this role she is responsible for promoting the sourcing of minority and women owned businesses through various internal and external program initiatives.

Jennifer serves on the board of the Chrysler Hispanic Network, is a member of the Chrysler Women’s Forum and is co-chair of the Chrysler Diversity Work Stream Team for Understanding our Customers. She is also a member of the Billion Dollar Round Table, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s.

Jennifer has worked in the Automotive Industry for 15yrs in various management roles in Supply Chain, Aftermarket and Purchasing and hold degrees from The University of Texas at El Paso and The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • Justin Gauvin – Executive Director at Verego

Justin Gauvin

Justin Gauvin is the Executive Director of Verego implementing responsible sourcing best practices into organizations of all sizes. The global social responsibility movement comes first in the way Verego operates to align CSR polices, processes, and structured approaches around an open source CSR standard, the Verego Social Responsibility Standard. Justin’s past includes business development in the renewable energy sector (wind, solar, biofuels), along with nonprofit event planning for a Boston based cancer relief effort.



  • Jimmy Gandhi – Business and Engineering Professor at California State University, Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management

gandhi_jimmyGraduate instruction in Quality Management, Entrepreneurship and Systems Engineering and Management. Has experience teaching additional courses including supply chain management and sustainability in the global supply chain. Is currently co-authoring two books on Risk Management and Case Studies in Systems Engineering and is also working on developing new courses in the engineering management field. His current research focuses on areas of quality management, globalization and sustainability and has over 30 publications in various conferences and journals related to the engineering management domain. He has received teaching awards from Stevens Institute of Technology and The American Society of Engineering Management.


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