September’s Message From The President


Terrence Clark
On behalf of the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, thank you for your support of our An Evening of Networking at the Ballpark Event. The sold-out event, which was held at Yankee Stadium provided an opportunity for our corporate members and MBEs to interact, begin or expand relationships. We extend many thanks to EY and Bristol-Myers Squibb for serving as the event sponsors, and also thanks to our annual sponsors for their support of this event.
As we move toward the fall, The Council continues to initiate and implement programs geared toward minority business growth and supplier diversity program development. We have partnered with several financial services organizations to offer options that our MBEs can use to assist with debt capital and accounts receivable financing. These opportunities have been placed on our web site ( on our new programs page. You can learn about these opportunities by visiting our Programs Page.

Please visit our web site to get detailed information about three upcoming events, the Healthcare Symposium, the Sustainability Symposium and the Partnership Awards Gala 2015, that you can participate in. We look forward to seeing you at these events.

Terrence Clark, President and CEO


Javette Hines
Javette Hines has helped to spearhead Citi’s Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Program for seven years. The supplier diversity program itself spans more than 37 years and now includes sustainability responsibility.

Javette has been in procurement for almost 20 years, and prior to Citi, spent nearly four years managing IBM’s Global Supplier Diversity Program.
“Diversity and inclusion has always been part of my DNA, and the opportunity to give back and be engaged in some way with diverse communities is a key part of who I am”, says Javette. “This includes not only working with diverse firms, but mentoring young supply chain professionals, particularly at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and participating in non-profit organizations dedicated to the enhancement, education, and development of underserved communities.”

“We are currently undergoing a multi-year sourcing and procurement transformation”, says Beth. “As we enhance the spend under management, we anticipate this will enhance opportunities for MBE firms”.

Along with two of our suppliers, Citi most recently participated, in the Center of Excellence (COE) mentoring initiative.

Javette goes on to say, “The experience was extraordinary and allowed us to review both our pre- and post-assessment feedback in a way that proved to be significant. One of the key goals for us was to enable our suppliers to complete programs, gain access to other corporate members, and to share and learn best practices from peers.”

Citi’s supplier selection process ensures that they look for diverse suppliers across all product and service categories, and this includes technology and telecom in addition to legal services, human resources, and more. The nature of supplier diversity is that it is a program focused on development and capacity building. As such, they welcome suppliers who may not be familiar with Citi to attend “Doing Business” sessions with them and be considered for both the annual Tuck Scholarship and a mentoring slot in the COE program.

All interested suppliers are invited to fill out the Citi Supplier Diversity Program – Supplier Profile, which is located at

Citi will be hosting the Sustainability Symposium on October 8, 2015 at 388 Greenwich Street, New York, NY. Register Here.


Corporate Member Spotlight

Beth Canning has been actively involved with supplier diversity since joining Prudential 28 years ago, and has served in the full-time role of supplier diversity manager since 2000.

The company’s objective is to leverage the unique perspectives and innovative thinking of their diverse vendor partners in a way that enables them to increase value to their clients and shareholders. Through this commitment,
Prudential has successfully established many key diverse supplier relationships and made inroads into non-traditional areas such as legal firms, where the company has led an initiative to engage certified minority and women-owned law firms.

“We are currently undergoing a multi-year sourcing and procurement transformation”, says Beth. “As we enhance the spend under management, we anticipate this will enhance opportunities for MBE firms”.

Prudential is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for diverse suppliers to compete for their business. They award contracts for goods and services through a disciplined sourcing process that employs the expertise of skilled procurement and sourcing personnel as well as cross-functional sourcing teams. By implementing and managing this process in a responsible, ethical manner consistent with Prudential’s values and code of conduct, they are able to embed inclusion in the process.

A list of Prudential’s general needs is available on their website



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