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The Supplier Diversity Group is comprised of individuals with a common interest in Supplier Diversity. Group members range from individuals in the procurement profession, educators in supply chain management, supplier diversity professionals and leaders in minority supplier development organizations. This group is sponsored by and is part of ISM-Houston but membership in ISM-Houston is not necessary to participate in this group.

If you are interested in participating in the Supplier Diversity Group please contact the group's chair listed below:

Chair:     Teena Bell     TBell@Dresser-Rand.com


Nominate your company's Supplier Diversity Program to be honored by ISM Houston! Know a stellar SD professional, program, or advocate? Now is your chance to show them what you think of them. Join ISM Houston in celebrating the accomplishments of Supplier Diversity in Houston during the May Dinner Meeting where we will host an Evening with the Supplier Diversity Stars!

Follow this link to make your nomintations:  Nomination Link  


Supplier Diversity is defined as a proactive business process that seeks to provide all suppliers equal access to purchasing opportunities. It promotes supplier participation reflective of the diverse business community and encourages economic development.  

The Supplier Diversity Group (SDG) is focused on education, promoting the benefits and raising awareness regarding the competitive advantage of corporations utilizing minority and women-owned enterprises (M/WBEs). The SDG is patterned after the national Minority Women’s Business Development Group (MWBDG) of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The group is committed to communicating success stories, which result in win/win economic impacts to the bottom-line of both customers and suppliers.  

Our vision is that all ISM-Houston member companies embrace the principles of Supplier Diversity and incorporate them into their supply chain/procurement strategies. The mission is to motivate, educate and provide guidance to ISM-Houston member companies in their establishment of meaningful Supplier Diversity Initiatives. The Supplier Diversity Group will endeavor to educate ISM-Houston members on Supplier Diversity concepts and methodologies through workshops, seminars, and dinner meeting speakers. In addition, we hope to serve as a resource for benchmarking best practices and act as a liaison to local supplier diversity business councils. Through networking, the SDG will advocate the advantages of corporate relationships with M/WBEs. 


May this year is Supplier Diversity month at ISM-Houston. The Supplier Diversity Group provides topics for the pre-meeting and dinner meeting for the month of May. 


Some corporations have asked, “Why do we need a supplier diversity program?” The answer to this question has several dimensions. Let’s look at some facts. Diversity Business Case


ISM-Houston’s dinner meetings are always the second Tuesday of the month with the exception of the months of July, August and December. Our Committee meets on the Wednesday prior to the dinner meeting. Check our calendar for the exact day/date. The meeting takes place at the Continental Airlines building at 600 Jefferson, 16th Floor, Houston, TX 77002 downtown. To join or to learn more about the group, please contact ism.houston.sdg@gmail.com .


Tool Kit

Supplier Diversity Buyers Group Tool

The ISM-Houston Supplier Diversity Buyers Group Supplier Diversity
Tool Kit was created to assist members in identifying opportunities.

This tool shows how Supplier Diversity impacts sourcing process.
The tool is available for download to both a power point and excel format
listed below.

Supplier Diversity Tool ---- Excel Format

Supplier Diversity Tool --- Power Point Format

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