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DIR announces its 21st annual “Best Practices in Supplier Diversity Strategies and Initiatives” Seminar

1-2016BPImageMontage_smThree days of learning, networking and strategic planning for supplier diversity and procurement professionals.  August 9-11, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Minneapolis, MN, March 28, 2016—Supplier Diversity Directors and Managers, Purchasing Managers and Buyers, SBLOs and others involved in implementing and evaluating supplier diversity initiatives will be gathering in Cincinnati, OH on August 9-11, 2016 to learn, network, share ideas and discover new ways to drive supplier diversity success within their organizations.

The three day seminar includes an afternoon of “In-Depth Government Contracting and Reporting” on Tuesday. This is an optional session, but highly recommended for all attendees. Wednesday and Thursday include world class supplier diversity professionals speaking on topics including:

  • Global Supplier Diversity: Collaborations & Partnerships
  • Developing Strategic Alliances: Joint Ventures in the U.S.
  • Group Purchasing Organizations: Outsourcing, Consortium Buying and Consulting
  • Second Tier Development and Implementation
  • Metrics and Measurements: Leveraging Supplier Diversity’s ROI and its Relevance to the Organization
  • Procurement Panel with invited guests + more*

A special networking social hour and reception will be held on Wednesday evening at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

DIR’s vision is to be recognized as the leader in Supplier Diversity by providing global information resources that develop, influence and support supplier diversity growth. Its integrity rests in the quality of its data, the long-standing relationships it maintains with its client corporations and the professional education and support it provides to diverse suppliers.

About Diversity Information Resources (DIR)

Founded in 1968, DIR is a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. DIR advances supplier diversity initiatives through comprehensive, flexible solutions, superior technology, personal service and the proven expertise to help corporations build the best possible supplier diversity programs. DIR’s exceptional products (seminars and publications) and services support both corporations and suppliers, facilitating the advancement of corporate diversity as a whole.

*Additional information on speakers and topics will be posted to DIR’s Web site:

For more information contact DIR’s Executive Director, Leslie Bonds, at 612-781-6819,

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