Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council

NMSDC Virtual Town Hall: How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges

For its third weekly virtual Town Hall in the ongoing health emergency, NMSDC invites you to join us on Thursday, April 2, for an essential discussion – “How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges.”

  • What actions are they taking to mitigate the risk in their supply chains?
  • How are they working with their MBEs to reduce the impact to their businesses?
  • To limit the risk to minority suppliers, what strategies do these CPOs recommend to other corporations?

On April 2, hear the answers to these and other questions posed by the audience of MBEs and corporate members of NMSDC. We welcome your participation, questions, and insights on the critical CPO-MBE connection in this crisis.


As this health emergency continues to unfold, NMSDC’s transformed mission is even more vitally important than ever – today, tomorrow, and beyond. This Town Hall is a component in that mission. We need to hear your questions, your concerns, and your ideas. With your feedback, we can work more effectively as a network. Hosting the Town Hall is NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne C. Trimble.

Adrienne assumed the leadership of NMSDC after a successful career in the corporate world, much of it spearheading the supplier diversity initiative at Toyota North America – an ideal perspective from which to anchor this discussion. Panelists joining her on Thursday are:

Keith Browning
Managing Director of Supply Chain Management for Corporate Services, Corporate Travel & Events, and Supplier Diversity & Inclusion | Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Kala Gibson
Executive Vice President, Head of Business Banking | Fifth Third Bank

Farryn Melton
SVP, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) | Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)

Thomas Nash
Vice President & CPO | American Red Cross

Brad Pomerleau
Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Procurement COE | Target Corporation