Jason Trimiew is the Director of Global Supplier Diversity at Meta. Under his leadership, Meta became a leader and innovator in supplier diversity. They have spent more than $10 billion cumulatively with US companies certified as minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ, or disabled-owned. Prior to joining Meta, Jason designed and delivered the community impact initiatives for Super Bowl 50, resulting in more than $20 million in grants for Bay Area nonprofits and contracts for local, diverse-owned businesses. Jason and Host Anthony Shop discuss the leverage of radical transparency, the value in obtaining prompt feedback, and how embracing transformative technologies can increase equity in supply chains.
- Leaders should actively champion supplier diversity through strategic partnerships, prompt payment practices, and making diversity a component of their corporate culture.
- Integrating businesses of different backgrounds into your supply chain aid both businesses and their communities, cultivating a diverse, inclusive economic environment and helping companies access the best talent.
- Quicker payments to these suppliers stimulate further growth in their communities, as the faster flow of capital aids in the creation of new jobs and wage increases.
- Using effective technology can minimize friction for new suppliers. Things like single sign-on systems, automation, and proactive nudging, help provide access to opportunities sooner.
- Seek genuine feedback from various stakeholders to gauge the effectiveness of your initiatives and make necessary, swift adjustments.
- As companies develop supplier diversity programs, businesses should share both their successes and failures, allowing others to learn from their experiences, encouraging collaborations, and inspiring improvements.
- Celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of your team members, fostering a culture of positive competition and inspiration. For example, Meta uses a system of rewards to highlight positive contributions toward supplier diversity within the company.
Quote of the Show:
- "Supplier Diversity is a business strategy. It's us wanting to have the best talent competing for our business and helping us execute against our mission as a company, and that's why it's so effective” - Jason Trimiew
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jtrimiew/
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- Twitter: https://twitter.com/JasonTrimiew
Creators and Guests
Anthony Shop believes in the power of people-centered branding and marketing to create a bright future. He chairs the National Digital Roundtable, the premier convener of digital innovators, leaders and policy shapers. Anthony also is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Social Driver, a digital services firm that helps companies and non-profits establish winning strategies with social media, websites, creative, and advertising. An enthusiastic presenter and teacher, he has led executive-level training for Amazon, PepsiCo, NASA, The British Embassy and the Bipartisan Policy Center. He has been recognized as an “OUTstanding LGBT Role Model” by The Financial Times, “40 Under 40” by The Washington Business Journal, and Business Leader of the Year by the DC Chamber of Commerce. A former newspaper reporter, Anthony was the first new media professional elected to the National Press Club’s Board of Governors. He currently serves on the boards of Leadership Greater Washington and LearnServe International. He earned his MBA from The George Washington University School of Business, where he teaches as an adjunct lecturer.
Jason Trimiew is the Director of Global Supplier Diversity at Meta. Under his leadership, Meta became a leader and innovator in supplier diversity. They have spent more than $10 billion cumulatively with US companies certified as minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ, or disabled-owned. Prior to joining Meta, Jason designed and delivered the community impact initiatives for Super Bowl 50, resulting in more than $20 million in grants for Bay Area nonprofits and contracts for local, diverse-owned businesses.
Robert is an Executive Director for The Communications Board, an organization with the mission of providing high-quality professional development for every communicator in every location. He is also the Global Lead for Partnership Communications at Gensler, the world’s largest architecture and design firm. Prior to his current role, he performed executive and CEO communications for Gensler, and was the senior director of public relations and social media at the Urban Land Institute. He obtained an MA in Communications and an MA in History from George Mason University. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition, Robert has taught communications at universities including George Mason University, West Virginia University, and the University of Florida. Robert currently serves as Immediate-Past President for the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC) -- the nonprofit’s largest chapter.