2020 Quarter 3 Newsletter

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Corporate Spotlight: MTA

Michael J. Garner, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is a champion of the diversity market, making it his mission to create a more diverse business industry by empowering NYS certified Minority, Women-owned, and MTA certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises across New York through educational programming and access to increased procurement opportunities. Since 2010, Mr. Garner has designed one of the country’s leading MWDBE Business Development Programs. Read the full Spotlight here.

MBE Spotlight: The Medici Group

Sweet Joy Hachuela and Frans Johansson lead The Medici Group – a groundbreaking solutions firm that helps companies accelerate their innovation and growth by leveraging diversity.  Read the full Spotlight here.

The Council Around The Web

This quarter we were proud to present dozens of webinars for our clients. We continue to help MBEs navigate these difficult times and foster long-term connections with our corporate partners and government agencies. Supplier development begins with the Council.

NY Grant Recipients

Congratulations to The Council’s One Hundred Black Men

The Founding Chapter of One Hundred Black Men, (OHBM-NY), offered opportunities for our minority-owned businesses to apply for grants through the Moet Hennessy “Unfinished Business” initiative.

Moet Hennessy has made a national commitment to demonstrate a “Never Stop, Never Settle” spirit and continues to encourage that same spirit with minority-owned businesses by investing in their success.

We are happy to share that a total of $70,000 was awarded to 11 of our Council-certified MBEs. We look forward to sharing more opportunities like these with our certified-minority-owned businesses.

New Board Members

The Council is pleased to welcome our new Board Chair, Ms. Angela M. Guzman. With over 15 years of media industry experience, Angela is a leading advocate for diversity in the Media & Entertainment sphere. Our former vice-chairperson, Ms. Guzman is Director of Supplier Diversity Comcast NBCUniversal, where she is responsible for developing partnerships that will promote the use of minority-, women-, veteran-LGBT, and disabled-owned businesses company-wide.

The Council is proud to have such an experienced and devoted professional as our new board chair.

The Council welcomes two new staff members: Dhanisha Patel, Sourcing Assistant, and Colin Allum, Communications Liaison.

Dhanisha is a Rutgers Business School student majoring in supply chain management. She utilizes her supply chain and sales knowledge to facilitate sourcing connections between MBEs and corporate members and helps manage our affiliate portal and central database.

Colin applies his 10+ years of experience in leadership and project management to help the Council effectively communicate with partners and foster new connections.

2021 Networking for Scholarships

On The Horizon

Thank You To Our 2020 Annual Sponsors

During these difficult times, The Council would like to acknowledge and thank our corporate and MBE champions. We appreciate your dedication to helping our mission of bringing opportunities to minority suppliers and advocating on their behalf.

Thank You To Our 2020 Supporters & Donors