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Nov 2, 2021

Mary Gano is the Senior Manager of Supply Chain Diversity and Sustainability at Vista Corp. Mary advocates for diverse and small businesses in the supply chain. She was selected as Vistra Women Information Network’s 2019 Woman of the Year, and is a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber Leadership Dallas Class of 2021. She previously worked at Energy Future Holdings and MJG Recruitment Services. Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Mary joins us today to discuss supplier growth through introductions to tier 1 suppliers. She explains how corporations can work with suppliers while satisfying regulations and insurance requirements. She highlights where companies can go wrong when envisioning their diversity initiatives and how supplier and workforce composition diversity can be ensured at tier 1 and tier 2. Mary also reveals how diversity professionals can persuade senior managers to bring on small businesses and build on small successes.

“From a cultural standpoint, we need to make sure that we are working with diverse suppliers.” - Mary Gano

This week on Breaking Barriers:

  • How larger corporations can bring in small, diverse businesses and satisfy regulations
  • The role of ISNetworld in verifying supplier insurances
  • The common mistakes companies make when putting a supply chain diversity program together
  • How companies can ensure tier 2 diversity through their tier 1 supplier
  • Doing research, creating a capability statement, and reaching out to supplier diversity professionals
  • How to discuss supply chain inclusion with category and senior managers

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