ISM-Twin Cities May Professional Development Meeting - The Mechanics of Executing Supplier Diversity as a Sourcing Strategy

May 12, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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Presentation Overview:
We will explore the nuts and bolts of what it takes to activate a successful supplier diversity sourcing strategy.  We will understand why companies pursue supplier diversity and the actions necessary to be successful.

Wednesday, May 12 at Noon (Central Time)

Virtual Meeting conducted on Zoom.  Join us right from your home or office!

Joe Matthews, Vice-President, Purchasing & Diversity Officer, Gentex Corporation

Speaker Bio:
Joe Matthews joined Gentex in 2010 as a Purchasing Manager. In 2013, he was promoted to Purchasing Director with additional responsibilities for supply chain management, with his most recent promotion to Vice President in 2014, Joe’s team is responsible for all direct and indirect material goods and services, supplier diversity and matrixed responsibility for logistics and customs compliance. In 2018, he was appointed as Gentex's first Diversity Officer. In this role, Joe is responsible for the development and implementation of Gentex’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives.

Joe is a native of Gary, Indiana. He started his career at Delphi in Kokomo, Indiana in 1991. Joe’s experiences there include IC design, operations, manufacturing engineering, and roles of increasing responsibility in supply management. In 2003, Joe became part of the sourcing leadership for Whirlpool Corporation in Michigan. In addition, he held leadership positions for the pre-integration sourcing planning for the Maytag acquisition, Indirect, and Supply Chain. In 2009, Joe worked for Management Engineers (now PwC Strategy&) to expand their presence into the United States.

Joe graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. In addition, he has a Master of Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and a Master of Business Administration both cum laude from Cornell University.     

This seminar is free for ISM-Twin Cities members and the cost is $25 for non-members.  Registration is required to attend.

Deadline for Registration:
Deadline for registration is 5:00 p.m. on May 10


$0.00 ISM-Twin Cities member fee

$25.00 Non-member fee