National Minority Supplier Development Council Honors Pacific Gas & Electric Company Director Of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability, Joan N. Kerr, for Leadership in Supplier Diversity

May 23, 2014

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) honored Joan N. Kerr, director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, on May 21 for her outstanding commitment to supplier diversity and minority supplier development. Along with seven others, Kerr was recognized at a leadership gala at the Hilton New York Midtown.

More than 1,200 guests attended the black-tie event, including CEOs and executives of Fortune 500 corporations and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners from across the country. Jay Williams, recently sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce, provided keynote remarks. Karen Finney of MSNBC’s “Disrupt with Karen Finney,” was the emcee.

Kerr won the Trailblazer Award, which recognizes an innovative corporate leader whose pioneering spirit paved the way for the creation of robust supplier diversity processes throughout a career that spans 10 to 20 years. She was acknowledged as a mentor for other supplier diversity professionals.

“Under Joan’s leadership, Pacific Gas & Electric has more than doubled its annual spending with diverse business enterprises to over $2 billion,” said NMSDC president, Joset Wright-Lacy. “She and her company are true examples of the power of a diverse supplier base on our global economy.”

You can find a bio for Joan N. Kerr’s bio here.

About NMSDC

The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to corporate members.  One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 24 regional councils across the country. There are 1,750 corporate members throughout the network, including most of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The regional councils certify and match more than 12,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase their products, services and solutions.

For more information about NMSDC, call (212) 944-2430 or visit the Web site at http://www.NMSDC.org.