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Diverse businesses typically encounter barriers that challenge their start-up and sustainability, so effective supplier diversity strategies can alleviate these hurdles. Supplier Diversity leaders develop and enable supplier diversity success.
Ronald Tate Jr. Named Head of Supplier Diversity for Wells Fargo
CHARLOTTE, NC – October 19, 2023 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced that Ronald Tate Jr. has been named head of supplier diversity and supply chain sustainability for the company. Tate joined Wells Fargo last month and will report to Barb Kubicki-Hicks, chief procurement officer.
In this role, Tate leads a team of supplier diversity professionals to build relationships within the communities Wells Fargo serves through the development, inclusion, and utilization of certified minority, women, LGBTQ, veteran, disability-owned, and small business enterprises. Tate will implement an integrated approach with strategic sourcing, procurement, and the company’s lines of business to generate increased opportunities for certified diverse suppliers, working closely with the Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion team.
“Our work in Supplier Diversity and Supply Chain Sustainability continues to be very important to us,” said Kubicki-Hicks. “Ron’s depth of professional experience and community involvement will help us and our suppliers fulfil our supply chain needs.”
Tate brings a wealth of experience, joining Wells Fargo from Honeywell International where he led Strategic Sourcing for Global Real Estate & Facilities. He managed a team responsible for Sourcing and Supplier Management functions supporting Honeywell operations in 70 countries. His career includes Supply Chain leadership roles at multinational corporations including Bank of America, AIG, Delta Air Lines and Procter & Gamble. He is passionate about Supplier Development and has led the implementation of several highly effective Supplier Diversity and Supply Chain Sustainability Programs in the Banking Industry.
For more than 30 years, Wells Fargo’s supplier diversity program has served as a key part of the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). Wells Fargo works to establish relationships with diverse suppliers who better reflect the customers and communities it serves.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of small businesses in the U.S., and is a leading middle market banking provider in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 47 on Fortune’s 2023 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy.
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Nedra Dickson Named Chair of the WBENC Board of Directors
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) has named Nedra Dickson, Managing Director and Global Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability Lead for Accenture, as the Chair of the WBENC Board of Directors. Dickson leads Accenture’s Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Programs across 20 countries.
Dickson is a long-time leader and advocate for women- and diverse-owned businesses. Prior to being named chair, Dickson served as the WBENC First Vice-Chair for the WBENC Board of Directors and, on behalf of Accenture, as a Co-Chair of the 2022 WBENC National Conference in June 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Nedra Dickson is a powerful leader and mentor for our entire WBENC network, including our corporate members and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). WBENC is proud and honored that she will continue to bring her talent, inspiration and deep experience, particularly in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and supplier diversity, to leading the Board,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC president and CEO. “We look forward to working even more closely with Nedra as the WBENC network continues our momentum in fueling the growth and development of women-owned businesses.”
“It is my honor to serve as the Chair of the WBENC Board of Directors. Under the leadership of Barbara Kubicki and Board Chairs prior, and of Pamela Prince-Eason and the WBENC leadership and staff, WBENC is central to how women’s business enterprises are growing, developing and greatly impacting the innovation and diversity within our supply chains,” said Dickson. “As WBENC looks to the next 25 years, the sky is the limit for Women’s Business Enterprises and Corporations to lead the way in business growth, innovation and social impact.”
“My time as WBENC Board Chair has been incredibly rewarding and challenging all at once,” said Immediate Past Board Chair, Barbara Kubicki, Wells Fargo Chief Procurement Officer. “We quickly recognized the critical need for strong support of Women’s Business Enterprises and Corporations alike during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m proud of how the WBENC network persevered and, in many ways, grew and evolved through the recent years, under the leadership of Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC leadership and staff, and the entire WBENC Board of Directors.”
The board is currently divided into four different sectors: Corporate members, WBEs, Regional Partner Organizations Leadership Council and Executive Committee Appointments.
Joining Dickson’s lead in corporate partners include:
- Kristofer Clark, Senior Director, Global Operations | Dell
- Siofra Harnett, Director, Supplier Diversity & Inclusion | Google
- Jennifer Turner, Global Supplier Diversity Program Director, IBM Finance & Operations | IBM
- Bianca Ortega, Senior Director, Global Supplier Diversity | Marriott International
- Jo Haight, Senior Director, Supplier Citizenship Leader | The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G)
- Sandy Nielsen, Global Head of Supplier Diversity | Verizon
- Carla Preston, Director, Global Corporate Procurement Supplier Diversity and Inclusion | Amazon
- Tamra Pawloski, Senior Director, Leveraged Procurement and Head of Corporate Real Estate | Corteva Agriscience
- Andrea Desaulniers, Director of Supply Chain Strategic Initiatives | Raytheon Technologies
“The WBENC Board of Directors is pleased to have such accomplished and passionate professionals serving on our Board of Directors in our mutual commitment to the growth and development of women-owned businesses,” added Prince-Eason.
Source: Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, wbenc.org