DEI Panel: Strategies for Building Diverse Teams in Supply Chain

Thursday, May 27th | 3:00 p.m. CST/4:00 p.m. EST

The CSCMP roundtables of Chicago, Cincinnati, Kansas City and the Twin Cities invite you to join us for an important conversation about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the supply chain industry. This virtual event will be held Thursday, May 27th at 3:00 p.m. CST/4:00 p.m. EST.

In a Supply Chain Management Review survey of 298 supply chain professionals from November – December 2020, 59% of surveyed organizations reported having some form of objective to improve any dimension of DEI – race/ethnicity, gender, LGBTQIA+, physical and cognitive ability, veteran status or age – but only 23% of those organizations listed having formal targets or goals included in management scorecards.

Our expert panel will share their strategies and successes building and working with diverse teams; discuss actionable steps for developing, implementing and evolving a sustainable DEI strategy; and highlight the positive impact a sound DEI strategy can have on corporate culture, business success, and ultimately the bottom line. 

Whether your organization is in its infancy with a DEI strategy or a model for the industry, we hope you’ll lean into this discussion that will leave you with tangible takeaways to push your organization to the next level. 

COST: Free for member, $10 for non-members

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Faith Alexander, US Army

CSM Alexander is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. She began her career in the U.S. Army on 15 October 1996 as a Geospatial Engineer. She completed Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. 

CSM Alexander has served as a Topographic Analyst, Terrain Analyst Sergeant, Squad Leader, Detachment NCOIC, Senior Topographic Analyst, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, Targeteer, EO Advisor, EO Instructor / Facilitator at DEOMI (Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute), Senior Geospatial Operations Sergeant, the 249th Engineer Battalion CSM, and the Fort Leonard Wood United States Army Garrison during the tenure of her career.

CSM Alexander has served with FLW, USAG, FLW, MO., 249th Engineer Battalion, Fort Belvoir, VA., Alpha Company, I Corps, JBLM (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), DEOMI, Patrick AFB, FL., HSC, XVIII Airborne Corps, CC AIR NATO NORTH, Izmir, Turkey, Echo Company,169th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO., 82nd Replacement Detachment, Fort Bragg, NC., and the 541st Engineer Detachment (82nd Airborne Division). She has also deployed as a Senior Geospatial Engineer with ARCENT, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

CSM Alexander’s military education includes Basic Airborne School, Basic Leaders Course (BLC), Advanced Leaders Course (ALC), Senior Leaders Course (SLC), Combat Lifesavers Course, NBC Defense Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course (UPL), Equal Opportunity Leaders Course (EOLC), Drill Sergeant School, Equal Opportunity Advisors Course , Army Basic Instructor Training Course (ABIC), Sigma Lean Course (Green Belt), Sigma Lean Course (Black Belt), Master Resiliency Course, Battle Staff Course, the United States Sergeant Majors Academy Course (USASMA) Class 66, CSM Alexander’s civilian education includes an Associate of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Campbell University (Magna Cum Laude). Presently, she is enrolled in a Masters in Communication with a focus in Organizational Leadership and Change from Drury University.

CSM Alexander’s awards and decorations include, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Army Commendation Medal (2), the Army Achievement Medal (1), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (1), the Good Conduct Medal (7), the National Defense Service Ribbon (2), the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5), the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWTEM) the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWTSM), the Overseas Service Ribbon (2), the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Drivers Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Canadian Parachutist Badge, and a receipt of the Bronze De Fleury. She has also been recognized as the 2012 United States Army recipient of both the Science Technology Engineer Mathematics (STEM), and the Federally Employed Women (FEW) awards.

Becca Meinz, Best Buy
Vice President, End to End Supply Chain Strategy
Executive Lead for Supply Chain Arm of D&I

Becca Meinz is Vice President of End to End Supply Chain Strategy for Best Buy Co. Inc. She and her team are responsible for developing and delivering the long-range strategy of Best Buy’s supply chain, with specific focus on the movement and disposition of all non-new inventory. 

Becca has been with Best Buy for 10 years. During her time with the company, she has held a variety of roles in Finance, most recently serving as the Director of Finance for Supply Chain. Her experience in these roles allowed her to develop broad operational knowledge as well as a deep appreciation for the importance of maximizing product value to improve Best Buy’s profitability. Prior to joining Best Buy, she worked as a Mechanical Engineer at a large biomedical device company. 

Becca completed her MBA at the University of Minnesota. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. 

She serves on the board of Minnesota Independence College and Community, a nonprofit that teaches life skills to young adults on the autism spectrum.

Tamara Fletcher, CDW
Director – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Tamara Fletcher, PhD is Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at CDW, where she is responsible for establishing a diverse and inclusive culture.  She leads CDW’s strategic efforts by engaging leadership in their commitment and involvement of Diversity and Inclusion, developing and facilitating Inclusion Education and Awareness strategies, designing and developing CDW’s Diversity and Inclusion communication strategies, and leading organizational projects designed to attract, retain, engage and mobilize diverse talent.  She also maintains strategic oversight of CDW’s twelve Business Resource Groups (BRGs). 

Fletcher began her CDW career in 2005 as an Account Manager within CDW-Government’s State and Local Segment.  After a year in sales, she joined the Sales Operations division where she quickly advanced into leadership as Supervisor of the CDW’s Account Manager Sales Assistant Program.  In 2011, Fletcher was promoted to Sales Support Manager, where she became responsible for the administrative support of CDW’s entire sales organization.  She has been in Diversity Equity and Inclusion since 2013.

Fletcher graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2005.  She obtained her Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011.  In 2016, she received her PhD in Organizational Leadership through the Business Psychology department of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation was entitled “Beyond The Barriers: Exploring the Impact of Feedback on Breaking the Glass Ceiling for African American Women”.  She is also a 2019 Fellow of the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Development program. Presently, outside of work, Tamara sits on the President’s Advisory Board of Link Unlimited in Chicago, IL, and serves as a founding member of the Chicago Music Award winning Gospel Singing Group, Divine Inspiration.  

Darrick Johnson, Procter & Gamble
North American Family Care Go-to-Market Vice President

Darrick Johnson is P&G’s Vice President of Family Care’s Go-to-Market Operations. He has responsibilities for a 6-plant production network along with various contract manufacturing entities. He ensures the safe, quality, and efficient supply of Tissue and Towel products across North America. He started his career outside of Scranton, PA in one of the largest P&G facilities world-wide where he began to learn his operations management and team leadership skills. He has since built extensive Product Supply and business experience having worked for nearly 30 years in multiple operations across numerous locations including Plant Manager of the Cape Girardeau Family Care Plant. The site made tremendous improvements in safety, quality, production, and cost efficiencies leading to recognition as one of the benchmark sites globally. He also spent a number of years in the Hair Care business, where he had supply chain responsibility for products like Pantene and Old Spice, led the launch of several new products like “My Black is Beautiful”, and owned the integration of new ventures including Bevel brands from the Walker Company. He has a tremendous passion for product supply, innovation, an insatiable drive for results, and an unending support of people.

Darrick is a graduate of Penn State University. He dedicates time to give back, providing leadership in the United Way and member organizations in his various locations and coaching youth basketball. He also serves the community through his active membership in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity with such programs as Go-to-High School, Go-to-College, partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, and an annual MLK Blood Drive. Outside of his professional career, he’s married with 3 daughters and a son. He enjoys traveling, coaching, working out (a little less than he used to), and investing.