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DIR to participate in two east coast supplier diversity events during September:

DISC’s 4th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium and EMSDC’s annual Procurement Conference and Trade Show.

Minneapolis, September 1, 2015—DIR’s Board Chair, Corey Smith, Major League Baseball’s Senior Director of Supplier Diversity and Strategic Sourcing, is presenting a “Boot Camp” during the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council’s (EMSDC) annual Procurement Conference and Trade Show. The “Boot Camp” invites supplier diversity and procurement professionals to “Get Your Supplier Diversity Program in Shape!” This 2-hour corporate training is included in the conference admission and will cover Steps to Achieving a Successful Process, Developing and Marketing an Effective Supplier Diversity Plan, Engaging and Enrolling Leadership, Building a Supportive Internal Team and will provide An Overview of Tracking and Reporting Spend. The two-day conference takes place on September 14-15, 2015 at Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, visit

DIR’s Executive Director, Leslie Bonds, is a panelist for the “Certification & External Advocate Organization” session during the Diversity & Inclusion Sports Consortium (DISC) 4th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, September 29-30, 2015, Citi Field in Queens, NY. DISC is an organization comprised of all the various sports leagues with a focus on enhancing the Diversity & Inclusion experience in the sports industry. The Symposium is being hosted by Major League Baseball (MLB). To register, visit

About Diversity Information Resources (DIR)—Founded in 1968, DIR is a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. DIR partners with SupplierGATEWAY™ to power its online data management portal. DIR is proud to be the only data management and publishing organization focused exclusively on developing and supporting supplier diversity programs. 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. More information at

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