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OPEN NEW DOORS: Supplier Diversity Virtual Panel Discussion

September 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm



Prevalent challenges and disruptions in the supply chain have brought to light the importance of supplier diversity. As resources run low, manufacturers are looking to other suppliers.  It’s easy for companies to overlook women-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned and other diverse businesses, yet diversity within supply chains can make businesses more resilient and adaptable.

Whether you are a small or mid-size manufacturer, starting your diversity supplier practices, growing a program, or have questions, join our panel discussion and hear how companies have implemented supplier diversity practices to expand their markets, drive competition between existing and potential suppliers, and attract new talent.

Our panel is comprised of expert female leaders who will:

  • Define supplier diversity and debunk misconceptions.
  • Explain how supplier diversity boosts a company’s image and promotes economic benefits in the community.
  • Dive into how diversity of suppliers relates to corporate social responsibility and why it helps attract new talent.
  • Share resources you can tap into to expand your supply chain.


Sarah Scudder | CEO, Source Day and Host of Manufacturing Maven

Sarah Scudder is a self-proclaimed supply chain nerd. Sarah is a sustainability nut and lover of all things Bradley Cooper. She’s been trying to get a dinner date with him for over two years. The struggle is real. She’s good at loading the dishwasher but can’t keep potted plants alive. Green is her favorite color. Sarah hosts a monthly Voice of Supply Chain show that features people in supply chain doing extraordinary things. She hosts several other shows and is a regular on marketing and supply chain podcasts. She also hosts monthly Manufacturing Woes and Women In ERP shows and enjoys speaking about marketing and supply chain-related topics.

Sneha Kumari | Senior Supply Chain Manager, Amazon

Sneha Kumari is the Lead of Industry trends for Circular Supply Chain Network. Sneha is a Six Sigma Green Belt certified professional with a decade of experience leading Quality, Supply chain, and Operational activities at Honeywell, Schneider Electric, and Crane. She was also recognized as one of the few Operations Women Leaders by McKinsey and Co. for her experience in the field of operations. Prior to this, she completed her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and holds an Engineering in Electronics major from India. She is passionate about customer experience and thrives to use her supply chain skills to deliver quality offerings for our customers while reducing operational costs.

Dyci Manns Sfregola | Founder and CEO, New Gen Architects

When it comes to supply chain and product operations, Dyci Sfregola’s experience is that most organizations are leaving money on the table due to disorganized processes. She founded New Gen Architects to show companies how to transform business operations starting with their supply chain. Leveraging her business acumen and technical expertise, Dyci’s vision is to empower clients to be customer-centric and scale intelligently. Through business and digital architecture advisory services, she directs clients on how to establish efficient processes, identify and implement digital technologies, and effectively engage people as a roadmap for success.

Panel Moderator:

Paola Velasquez | Director of DEI in Manufacturing, IMEC

Paola is a process and results-driven individual with a strong understanding of business and diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. For over 20 years she worked with the underserved and underrepresented population and created and led sustainable programs. She leads with purpose and helps businesses establish actionable goals and objectives to reduce turnover, support workplace collaboration, expand creativity and problem solving, and promote opportunities for career advancement. Paola earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Spanish Translation from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Arts in Spanish Translation from Kent State University. She is a recipient of the Betty Brown Racial Justice Award and has led organizations to become LGBTQ Equality Leaders, a recognition awarded by the Human Rights Campaign.



Contact Name: Simone Walker
Contact Email: swalker@imec.org


September 8
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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