By: Dr. Fred McKinney Posted: Jul 20th, 2016

All of my professional career, I have worked in government, at the White House, education, at Sacred Heart, Brandeis, University of Connecticut and now Dartmouth, and in the not-for-profit space, GNEMSDC. In each of these sectors, the focus is (or should be) on service to others. I have witnessed first hand the benefits of paying things forward and giving without the expectation of return. I firmly believe it works and recommend this to anyone who has not tried it. However, it is also important, whether you are giving to taxpayers, students, MBEs, or corporate members, to also do something for yourself every once in a while.

Giving and serving is hard work. In the classic book, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen R. Covey declares:

“Habit 7 is taking time to sharpen the saw. It surrounds the other habits on the Seven Habits paradigm because it is the habit that makes all the others possible.”

The upcoming Tuck/BDR/NMSDC Supplier Diversity Professional Excellence Program can sharpen the saw the supplier diversity professional. In true Letterman fashion, I have come up with the top 10 reasons how this program sharpens your saw and why you should attend.

  1. Enhance your supply chain skills;
  2. Develop your supplier diversity “Chops;”
  3. Network with the best in supply diversity;
  4. Hike the Green Mountains;
  5. Swim in the clear lakes of New Hampshire;
  6. Canoe down the Connecticut River;
  7. Bring Your Family before, during and after the program – They deserve it;
  8. Learn from experts in your profession;
  9. Understand where great supplier can lead professionally; and
  10. Engage with a top business school faculty.

Who does sharpening your saw help in addition to yourself? The benefit of this program helps your corporation by having a more efficient and effective supplier diversity function that not only achieves the goals of your program, but increases your corporation’s bottom line. And secondly, the benefits of SDPEP will redound to the MBE, WBE and other diverse businesses who will have not only a more effective advocate, but one that can add significant value to their strategic analysis and objectives.

Join other supplier diversity professionals from companies such as GM, Johnson Controls, United Rental, Express Scripts, Raytheon, Burns and McDonnell, Facebook, and more.

Do something for yourself. Come to Tuck, August 1-4. Learn, Network, Unwind, and Grow.

Click here to apply to the Supplier Diversity Professional Excellence Program!

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