2020 NY & NJ MSDC Advocate of the Year: Joy Wong
Joy Wong, Corporate Vice President, Head of Supplier Diversity, New York Life
New York Life won The Council’s 2020 National Corporation of the Year Award in no small part due to Joy Wong’s leadership as head of Supplier Diversity. Joy leads the program with a clear focus on adding value and opportunities for MBEs. She promotes supplier diversity both internally and externally, and organizes the program to facilitate connections with diverse suppliers. Her advocacy for the inclusion of qualified, diverse-owned businesses in all competitively sourced projects brought sizeable results; New York Life’s diverse suppliers grew from a 22% to an 85%+ inclusion rate.
Joy attributes her success to partnerships with other New York Life departments, including non-traditional supplier diversity partners such as investments, legal, and government affairs. New York Life’s successful Supplier Diversity Program would not be the same without Joy Wong’s visionary leadership and ability to collaborate with other teams. We applaud Joy’s groundbreaking strategies to reach, support, and include diverse suppliers in New York Life’s supply chain.