Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council

CVS Health & RWU Executive Learning Series Program application closes Friday, April 24th

The Supplier Diversity Team of CVS Health is pleased to share that the CVS Health & RWU Executive Learning Series Program application is open for MBEs. The current deadline for the application, is Friday, April 24th, 2020.


The benefits of the CVS Health & Roger Williams Executive Learning Series include:

  1. Selected leaders will become immersed in a curriculum that is designed to help expand their business capacity, professional skill level, and growth potential in critical areas.
  2. Students will gain practical experience, including the opportunity to respond to a sample Request for Proposal (RFP) and be mentored by RWU Instructors as Executive Coaches as well as CVS Health Procurement Professionals.

We would also like to share some additional benefits and a testimonial from a previous student!

Additional Benefits:

  1. CVS Health’s Supplier Diversity team will be available for support and introductions both behind the scenes and during on-site events.
  2. Participants will have the opportunity to join peers to form a mutually supportive and lasting network.

Here is what a previous graduate had to say:

“The learnings from the CVS Executive Learning Series was incredibly powerful and will make a big difference as we continue to move forward in either pivoting into new industries and/or pursuing key clients…I enjoyed not only the material covered but the relationship and friendship that I now share with my fellow cohorts.  It’s amazing the way CVS selected because there are synergies based on our collective capabilities and I am pursuing discussions with some, where I think we can go after significant business to deliver on the supplier diversity mission – economic impact in our communicates.” – Betty Manetta, President & CEO of Argent Associates, Inc.

We hope that this program will bring something positive for the chosen suppliers to look forward to during these difficult times.

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Supplier Diversity team!

Gianna Vallante | Advisor, Supplier Diversity – Enterprise Procurement

(401) 770-5516| f (401) 287-0234 | Gianna.Vallante@CVSHealth.com

SAP Ariba Discovery Available Free For Suppliers During Pandemic Until June 30th

During the ongoing coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic, SAP, the global leader in enterprise application management software has taken measured steps to enable shippers and suppliers hustle to respond to urgent fulfillment requests.

Last month, in response to the uncertainty of coronavirus, the company formally opened access to SAP Ariba Discovery, a business-to-business e-commerce offering designed to connect buyers and suppliers on a single network. Last month, SAP opened access to SAP Access Discovery to allow any buyer to post immediate sourcing needs and to enable any of the four million suppliers on the Ariba Network to respond with their ability to deliver the goods and services required. These services are currently available for free through June 30, with SAP noting this initiative is part of a larger commitment to maintain reliable and transparent supply chains in a time of such uncertainty.

Register for free until June 30th. Visit https://service.ariba.com/Discovery.aw/125034022/aw?awh=r&awssk=R1NwWSB2&dard=1&ancdc=1

Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council Straight Talk Sessions with Premier Inc. and Duke Energy

The Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council is hosting two Straight Talk Sessions in April that MBEs are invited to attend. Listen in and learn the inside scoop on how to do business with corporations in the CVMSDC network. Hear from purchasing agents, supplier diversity professionals, and supplier development experts in the Straight Talk series, designed to advocate, connect and grow Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). MBEs need only to register by clicking the Link Under each meeting date.

MBEIC Chair LaSonya Berry will be the host of each webinar.

How to Do Business with Premier Inc. 4/28 from 12-1 EST

Join CVMSDC as Straight Talk continues: How To Do Business with Premier, Inc.
Corporate guest – Deborah Williams, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity
Hosted by LaSonya Berry of McPherson Berry

Register Here

How to Do Business with Duke Energy 4/30 from 12-1EST 

Join CVMSDC as Straight Talk continues: How To Do Business with Duke Energy.
Corporate guest – Andrew Grier, Supply Chain
Hosted by LaSonya Berry of McPherson Berry

Register here

NMSDC COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: The Stimulus Package – Continuing the Conversation – Thursday, April 9 | 3 – 4:30 pm

NMSDC invites you to continue the conversation about the CARES Act and what this federal stimulus package can do for your business.

A special guest from The White House will provide specific details of the package and answer your questions about what it is designed to achieve. Additionally, our panel will share valuable resources about how to access programs to help your business stay afloat during this crisis.

Get first-hand information about:

  • The key elements of the package
  • Who and what qualifies for emergency coverage
  • The scale and scope of the coverage
  • The parameters and limits of the coverage
  • The application process
  • When you might expect to receive assistance

Join us in the virtual room from 3 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, April 9, to be a part of this urgent discussion.

Click Here To Register – https://cvent.me/PqPqyO

Capital Region MSDC Webinar Tuesday, Apr 7- The Inside Scoop on Federal Contracting During COVID-19

Please join the Capital Region MSDC on Tuesday, April 7th to learn the inside scoop on federal contracting during COVID-19 and how MBEs can benefit from the Stimulus Package. Presenting will be:

  • Kay Riplinger-Baltz, Acting Director | US Army Corps of Engineers |Office of Small Business Programs Chairman | DoD Northwest Regional Council
  • Antonio Doss, District Director | SBA | Washington Metropolitan Area District Office
  • Tommy Marks Lt. Colonel (Ret) US Army, Director | MBDA Federal Procurement Center
  • Sharon R. Pinder, President and CEO | Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Click Here To Register