The #WeAreNMSDC Campaign

The #WeAreNMSDC Campaign
To celebrate our 45th anniversary, the accomplishments of the NMSDC network, and to showcase the economic impact of minority businesses, the #WeAreNMSDC campaign is highlighting the achievements of our corporate members, MBEs and affiliates councils, and will culminate at the 2017 NMSDC Conference in Detroit, October 22-25.

We invite our corporate members, MBEs and affiliate councils to participate in the #WeAreNMSDC campaign. Get Involved! To learn more about about the campaign click on the link below.

How to Participate?

Participants can create a 60-90 sec video to post on their web site, social media channels and share with NMSDC.  The video must include the following:

Corporate Member

1) Minority supplier development efforts

2) Involvement with NMSDC and the benefits of NMSDC membership

3) Encourage other corporations in your industry group to join to the same under the hashtag #WeAreNMSDC on social media


1) Positive experience within the network

2) Encourage non-certified MBEs to get certified

3) Encouraging other NMSDC certified MBEs to do the same under the #WeAreNMSDC on social media


1) Efforts in the network

2) Call to MBEs to get certified

3) encouraging other councils to do the same under the #WeAreNMSDC on social media

 Please send inquiries and videos to Byron Johnson, Associate Director of Communications.

Participation months: (Industry groups)

  • March: Healthcare
  • April: Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Sports
  • May: Utilities
  • June Technology
  • July: Petrochemical and Energy
  • August: Financial Services
  • September: Consumer Products
  • October: Automotive

#WeAreNMSDC Videos & Podcasts

Max Rutherford
Vendor Partner Diversity Director/SBLO

Jacqueline Matos

Featuring: Ray McFarland (CEO, 21 Century Expo Group); Mohan Viddam (Chairman and CEO, Halcyon Solutions); Dr. Ramesh Wadhwani (President/CEO, Sai Systems International, Inc.); Sharon King (President, Castle Business Solutions)

Joset Wright-Lacy

Featuring: Kirby Hays (President & CEO, Hal Hays Construction Inc.), Sharon King (President, Castle Business Solutions), Stephen M. Daste (Principal/managing Director, FFC Capital Markets), Kip Wright (Senior Vice President, Manpower North America), Kalan R. Haywood, Sr. (President, Vanguard Group, LLC.), Tillie Hidalgo Lima (President/CEO, Best Upon Request)

Which is most important to your organization: “Mission, Vision, Purpose, or Core Values?”
Featuring: Brad Campbell (CEO, Ioway Energy/Construction), Debra Jennings-Johnson (Senior Director Supplier Diversity, BP America), Ronald Damper (CEO, DAMRON Corporation),
Tillie Hildalgo Lima (President/CEO, Best Upon Request), Stephen M. Daste (Principal/managing Director, FFC Capital Markets)

“The Power of the Network”
Featuring: Anjali Ann Ramakumaran (CEO, Ampcus), Dr. Ramesh Wadhwani (President/CEO
Sai Systems International, Inc.), Beatrice Louissaint (President & CEO, Florida State MSDC), Keith Hines (Director, Procurement, PricewaterhouseCoopers – PWC)

Donald Chu
President & CEO

Mausami Kakkar
Director of Sales & Managed Services

Ruth Porat
Senior Vice President & CFO
Google & Alphabet

Gil Vidals

Jorge A. Plasencio
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO

Jorge A. Plasencia
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO

Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Sports (AEMS) Group
NBC Comcast Universal, MLB, Time Warner, MGM Resorts

Angela Guzman
AMES Chair,
Director, Supplier Diversity
NBC Comcast Universal

Greg Ontiveros
Group O

Terrence Clark
President & CEO
NYNJMSDC (The Council)

Quincy Henry
Marketing Manager
Freemind Seattle

Ron Stokes
President & CEO
Three Leaf Productions

On this episode, Stokes discusses his 14 years of business experience, the importance of mentorship, and why family is critical to the success of his business

Dennis Brooks
Trio Group

Duff Stewart

Richard Manson

Aalap Shah

Aalap Shah of SoMe talks with Supplierty News about their journey in business.

Raul Suarez-Rodriguez, Manager, Supplier Diversity/Strategic Procurement; Jesse Gonzalez, Senior Analyst, Supplier Diversity, CVS Health

Quick Fact: CVS’ Diverse Retail Pharmacy Program encourages diverse-owned, independent retail pharmacies to become certified diverse-business enterprises, so they can expand and establish potential business opportunities with CVS Health.

Susana Robledo
Founder & CEO
Cube Care

DBHealthcare – MBE

Rakesh Kamdar
President And CEO
DB Healthcare

Quick Fact: DB Healthcare works with commercial and government healthcare and life sciences organizations to augment their Healthcare and IT projects.

A3i – MBE

Jorge Amaro
Chief Executive Officer

A3i is a Healthcare company that partners with customers to provide patient focused solutions that leverage innovation to help improve a person’s quality of life.  Jorge Amaro, President and CEO, talks with us about his passion for helping others and his 34 years of experience within the health and pharmaceutical industry.

Express Scripts – Corporate Member
Healthcare Industry Group

Kendra Burris-Austin
Director, Supplier Diversity
Express Scripts

Welcome to the first episode of the Podcast #WeAreNMSDC. We recently sat down with Express Scripts and spoke with Kendra Burris-Austin and Bianca Hester to learn more about their Supplier Diversity Program.

For those unaware Express Scripts is an American Fortune 22 corporation located in St. Louis, MO. They are the largest pharmacy benefit management organization in the United States, with annual revenues in excess of $100 billion.

Quick Fact: Express Scripts utilizes the Rule of One, an initiative that insures a diverse supplier is represented on every competitive bid.