The Strategic Advantage Diversity Brings to The World's Most Respected Supply Chains

  • March 05, 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
  • ALOM Corporate Headquarters, Fremont, CA


  • For Members of CSCMP
  • Pay at the door

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Today’s supply chain organizations are relied upon heavily to achieve business goals and objectives. Join us to learn how PG&E and McKesson are using diversity and diverse suppliers within their vast supply chain to drive innovation, reduce cost and connect more closely with their customers to gain market share within their respective industries.
Due to limited seating, plan to sign up early for this event as we are expecting another sold out evening.
PG&E is a Fortune 200 energy-based holding company, headquartered in San Francisco. It is California's largest investor-owned utility. PG&E serves 16 million Californians across a 70,000 square-mile service area in Northern and Central California.

McKesson is the oldest and largest health care services company in the nation, McKesson plays an integral role in health care and has a unique vision for its future. They serve more than 50% of American hospitals, 20% of physicians and 100% of health plans, and as the largest pharmaceutical distributor in North America, they deliver one-third of all medications used there every day.


Joan Kerr

Joan Kerr

Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability


Joan Kerr, director of supplier diversity and sustainability at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., has played a pivotal role in PG&E’s supplier diversity success. Under her leadership, the company has more than doubled its MWBE spend to $2.3 billion. Kerr came into the supplier diversity field in a somewhat roundabout way. She began her career at Pacific Bell as a lawyer. Kerr is proud of PG&E’s innovative programs that are helping diverse businesses not only get the competitive edge, but also win bids. These include everything from industry trade show missions to technical assistance training on sustainability initiatives, global strategies, quality certification and employee safety programs. Its latest initiative is helping diverse businesses with emerging technologies in renewable energy and smart grid. “It’s a constant reinvention for businesses,” she said. “They can’t keep doing the same thing in the same ways.”

As for the future, Kerr hopes that more companies will see the value of supplier diversity the way PG&E has and provide the internal resources and the staffing needed to ensure a strong and robust program. “This is not just a cosmetic PR program. It’s not a veneer,” she said. “Companies need to be committed and grounded in supplier diversity and be willing to make a change. You can’t do that with only one-tenth of a person.”

Lance Dorsey

Lance Dorsey

Veteran Business Relationship Manager

Lance Dorsey is an Air Force veteran with a BS in Contracts Management. He spent ten years of his career as a Contracting Officer, culminating in a role as an Operational Contracts Flight Chief. He’s been deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch and Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He now supports McKesson’s Supplier Diversity Program as the Veteran Business Relationship Manager, although his role now encompasses all small diverse business classifications.

McKesson’s commitment to supplier diversity is an integral part of their corporate culture. They recognize that fostering relationships with small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses drives innovation, deepens their understanding of their customers, fuels mutual growth, and improves the health of the communities they serve. It helps strength their supply chain.

Event Time - Thursday, March 5, 2015

  • 5:30 PM Registration and Networking
  • 6:30 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 PM Program Speakers plus Q&A
  • 8:30 PM Program ends
Event Location

ALOM Corporate Headquarters
48105 Warm Springs Blvd
Fremont, CA 94539


Event Pricing
  • CSCMP Members: $45
  • General Admission: $55
  • Full Table of 8: $360 ($45 per person)
  • Pay at the Door: $75
  • Press/Speakers: Free
  • Student Rate: $20
Menu: Buffet

Event Chair: Lisa Dolan

Platinum Level Sponsor: Global Supply Chain Logistics

Gold Level Sponsor:
RK Group
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