Report by Mayank Shah, MSDUK
GSDA made its presence felt in a big way at this year’s NMSDC Conference in Austin which featured a well-integrated programme of knowledge transfer, collaboration and celebration. We were delighted to welcome NMSDC to the GSDA family and have committed to work collaboratively with the newly appointed CEO & President, Adrienne Trimble.
Monday 15th October, the first day of the conference, was for GSDA’s Global Connections Session, moderated by Rondu Vincent, Bristol-Myers Squibb, with the theme: ‘Together-Expanding our Impact’. This extremely well attended seminar started with ‘The Economic Impact of Diversity: Regionally, Nationally and Globally’ , a panel discussion with the Presidents of CAMSC, SASDC, Supply Nation, MSDUK and NMSDC, moderated by Clifford Bailey, TechSoft Systems and MBEIC Chairman. This was followed by a Fireside Chat with Dean Brody, Managing Director, Accenture, moderated by Nedra Dickson, Accenture. Dean shared Accenture’s approach towards integrating diverse suppliers into global solutions. The closing panel session, moderated by Theresa Harrison, EY, brought the best and the brightest MBEs from the USA, UK and Canada on stage to share the good, the bad and the ugly of expanding their business globally.
The NMSDC Conference brings together over 6000 people, including supplier diversity and procurement professionals from Fortune 500 firms, minority business owners from all across the US and global partners; this gives us all a time and opportunity to celebrate our success. The GSDA Reception on the Monday evening was over subscribed and attended by more than 250 guests, celebrating the success of our global partners and inspired corporations and MBEs to think global. Sponsored by Accenture, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb and EY, this event was hosted by Will Holmes, Merck.
This year, the conference was attended by CAMSC, MSDUK, SASDC and Supply Nation with more than 20 MBEs from these countries participating, seeking collaboration and opportunities for global partnerships and for the first time, all our global partners exhibited together under the GSDA banner which attracted huge interest from participants and visitors.
We all look forward to attending the NMSDC 2019 conference in Atlanta in 2019 and meeting companies and business owners that want to expand beyond the USA. You can visit the GSDA website – www.gsda.global- to connect with us.