Kaitz Plans Supplier Diversity Workshop

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The Walter Kaitz Foundation plans a workshop on supplier diversity here in New York Sept. 12, coinciding for the first time with the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications' annual conference and the cable industry’s “Diversity Week.”

The New York City workshop represents an ongoing expansion of the Kaitz Foundation’s outreach for its Supplier Diversity Connection program, with the addition of regional workshops during the course of the year.

Kaitz said many purchasing efforts are made at the local or regional level, so the program needed to move out into the communities.

“Supplier-diversity efforts are a critical part of the overall diversity picture, and we’re committed to helping the cable industry connect with the appropriate suppliers,” executive director Debbie Smith said in a press release.

For six years, Kaitz has sponsored supplier diversity programs during The National Show, the aim being to help increase opportunities for women- and minority-owned suppliers in the cable telecommunications industry. For the past two years, Kaitz also has sponsored supplier diversity events at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ Cable-Tec Expo. More regional workshops are planned for the future.

Participants in the New York City workshop, scheduled for Sept. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Westin New York at Times Square, include: Ralph G. Moore, president of Ralph G. Moore Associates; Harvey Butler, vice president of supplier diversity/procurement at J.P. Morgan Chase; Fred Canady, vice president of supplier diversity at PepsiCo Inc.; Greta Davis, national director of supplier diversity at Time Warner Inc.; Sherryl Love, vice president of materials management at Cox Communications Inc. and Steven Gines, director of procurement at Time Warner Cable. More information is available at the Walterkaitz.org Web site or by contacting the Walter Kaitz Foundation at (202) 775-3611.

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