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Breaking Barriers, Building a Hire Ground is a weekly podcast hosted by Hire Ground Founder and CEO, Cloe Guidry-Reed and diversity and inclusion leader Adam Moore. Each week we will have an in-depth discussion with procurement leaders and supplier diversity teams, successful suppliers, relevant associations, historians, and economists. We make the enterprise ecosystem more viable, profitable, and competitive by clearing the path for minority, women, LGBTQ, and veteran-led small businesses t ...
 
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Roy Broderick Jr. is the President & CEO of Authentique Agency, a full-service marketing and consulting firm that helps businesses optimize genuine marketing strategies toward minorities and LGBTQ+ groups. He has worked with big names in the industry, such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, and the National Museum of African American Music. Roy is also the Vice P…
 
Shakeia Kegler is the Founder & CEO of GovLia, a company that helps state and local government agencies effortlessly implement and manage supplier diversity programs. Their goal is to expedite supplier diversity efforts without the traditional, time-consuming, paper-based processes. Before founding GovLia, Shakeia served for five years in the Navy …
 
Today marks our 50th episode, and to be honest, it doesn’t feel that long. What started as an exciting idea with good intentions is now making waves in the world of supplier diversity. We’ve met a lot of the industry’s best on supplier diversity, and we certainly learned much more than we ever could have expected. We have managed to make do with wh…
 
Sara Bodison is the Director of Supplier Corporate Responsibility and Risk at the RELX Group, a global provider of data and analytics for different professional and business customers across industries. Sara is responsible for developing and managing processes that ensure the suppliers adhere to ethical rules. In her 13 years with the RELX Group, s…
 
Zuzy Martin-Aly is the host of the Girls in Tech podcast, a nonprofit organization with a mission to eliminate the gender gap in tech one episode at a time. She is an expert in brand strategizing and marketing and works with clients and agencies to promote their products or services in the most creative ways possible. Zuzy is also an award-winning …
 
Mark Wilson is the President & CEO of Chime Solutions, a company that prides itself in delivering one of the best contact center solutions in the country by focusing on customer care. Chime is socially driven, unlike other outsourcing companies, giving underserved communities the opportunities they deserve with every transaction. Before it was call…
 
Abraham Xiong is the President of Government Contractors Association, Inc., a national trade association of commercial contractors and government agencies. The organization's goal is to help small or minority-led businesses get their fair share of opportunities in the government market. Abraham is also the co-founder of Blockchain Chamber of Commer…
 
Michael Russell is the CEO of HJ Russell & Company, a family-run construction service business founded in 1952. It is one of the country’s most prominent African-American-run businesses specializing in real estate development, program management, construction, and property management. HJ Russell & Company have completed over 500 projects and manage…
 
Shannon Polson is a leadership speaker, author, and the founder of The Grit Institute, a leadership consulting company. Unlike many leadership training companies, The Grit Institute’s approach stems from a combination of Shannon’s militaristic background and her corporate experiences. This allows her to provide leadership journeys in the most uniqu…
 
Kris Oswold is the Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity at UPS, a global leader in logistics recognized for their innovations to the world of packages and delivery. As the Vice President of UPS’s Global Supplier Diversity program, Kris expands opportunities for diverse suppliers to transact and work with UPS. She is tasked with identifying w…
 
Wayne Shanks is a Leader, planner, military, and diversity advocate who adapts to solve complex issues and strives to keep giving back. With twenty-eight years of military leadership experience, Wayne was a second lieutenant and culminating as a colonel in the U.S. Army. He has seventeen years of experience in the communication field developing and…
 
Juneteenth is a federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of African slaves in the United States. Companies attempt to express their unity with the African-American community by participating in this holiday through various special services and items. However, it is imperative for companies to be mindful in their actions, as their efforts …
 
Joy White is a mindset and wellness coach, keynote speaker, and the founder and CEO of Flawed Masterpiece, a health and wellness business that wants Black women to adopt a lifestyle of self-care, healing, and inner peace. She has over 16 years of experience holding executive positions in non-profit boardrooms, international law firms, and small bou…
 
Diversity is often talked about within the context of minorities—especially citizens who are African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian Pacific, or Asian Indian. However, the increasing acceptance of minorities in society has led to a trend that may view the current minority as the “New Majority” in the next two or three decades. This means…
 
Being part of the LGBT community can mean not having adequate support for your business goals, especially when there is some form of discrimination toward your identity. Fortunately, there are now organizations actively supporting LGBT-led businesses. One of these organizations is the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The NGLCC is the busi…
 
Kevin Johnson is the CEO and security consultant at Secure Ideas, a cybersecurity company composed of security professionals with a deep specialization in data security for small companies. In addition to providing products that improve cybersecurity, they routinely do “attacks” to test whether a business’s security is robust enough for potential h…
 
Eric Hardy is the President and CEO of W3R Consulting, a 26-year old staffing and consulting firm based in Southfield, Michigan. Their services include talent consulting, advanced analytics solutions, and technology consulting to companies in various industries, including insurance, healthcare, and retail. As President and CEO, Eric oversees the co…
 
There was a large-scale internet outage recently which caused major sites to be inaccessible to most users all over the world. While the cause of the outage was simply human error, it made the world ask about site stability. More importantly, it made people wonder what would happen if the outage was the result of a cybersecurity breach, and what wo…
 
Marilyn Johnson is the Principal at MHJohnson & Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on managing and developing programs that cater to entrepreneurs and organizations. Their services include supplier development program implementation, team building group facilitation, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator workshops. Marilyn has over 25 years of ex…
 
Jackie Ferguson is the Head of Content & Programming and Co-Founder of The Diversity Movement, a full-service DEI consultancy that provides diversity and inclusion content such as courses, videos, webinars, and podcasts. As Head of Content & Programming, Jackie manages all the content her company produces, especially when customizing them for each …
 
Blair Brady is the CEO and Co-Founder of The WITH Agency, a company dedicated to helping brands with their marketing and branding strategies. Their goal is to help brands connect with their audience emotionally through content development, brand design, film and video production, and advertising. They’ve worked with some of the most iconic names in…
 
Upholding diversity and inclusion in the corporate world can determine a company’s long-term success. After all, a diverse roster of employees means a business can explore multiple solutions to any given problem from numerous perspectives. But, what else can having a diversified workplace do for a company? What are the key benefits business owners …
 
Jamie Crump is an author, speaker, consultant, advocate for supplier diversity, and the President of The Richwell Group. The Richwell Group provides business coaching and consultation services that enhance sourcing and procurement strategies for certified diversity-owned businesses. She is the author of the book Backstage Pass: Pulling the Curtain …
 
Stefanie Francis is the Founder of Hootology, a marketing research firm that fully utilizes a tech-forward approach to consumer behavior and analytics. Hootlogy is founded on her passion for quantitative analytics, anthropology, innovation, art, and the creative process. She champions supplier diversity and is an advocate for equality inside and ou…
 
Paul Wilson Jr. is the Area Director at the Small Business Development Center at the University of Georgia. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a program that provides resources, training, and tools that aim to help small businesses succeed in their respective markets. As the Area Director, Paul is responsible for assisting the continue…
 
Do you know why you did not get that call back? There are many topics and attitudes we believe are good to share during sales meetings, because we think it adds value. However, most corporations know what they specifically want, and if you send the wrong message, they will find someone else who is more aligned with their needs. It's time to prepare…
 
Supplier diversity - when you actively work with a business owned by an underrepresented group - is both something people need to talk about and something that people would rather not. We have to talk about it because our communities are naturally diverse, yet discussing it in the office setting can be perceived as politicizing a sensitive issue. P…
 
As the founder of four companies, Monique Mills is no stranger to blazing the trails of entrepreneurship in technology and digital transformation. She is passionate about helping companies overcome obstacles and innovate new roads to technological development and is intent on solving big problems within the modern world. As the founder and chief st…
 
Christine Rogers is the President and COO of Aspireship, a company helping tomorrow's leaders by ensuring they perform at optimum level in their current roles with training, interview preparation, leadership development, and career development coaching. Aspireship looks to proactively match such leaders with fast-growing employers in need of talent…
 
March has arrived and Spring is in the air! March may be the month of rebirth and regrowth, but it is also the month dedicated to honoring women in business. March 8th was International Women's Day, a global day celebrating women's social, economic, and political achievements. March is also Women's History Month, a month holding some important mile…
 
Amanda Hammett is the CEO of Core Elevation, a company dedicated to helping high-performance leaders achieve even greater results and working with Inc. 5,000 corporations to strategize attracting, retaining, and engaging top-level talent. She is also the host of the Next Generation Rockstars Podcast (aka Millennial Rockstars), where she proves her …
 
February 2021 was Black History Month, a movement that is not and should not be confined to one month of the calendar year. Despite the best intentions of many companies to promise change in the workplace for the better, Black History Month's message can easily get lost regardless of the many corporations pledging to make a positive change in their…
 
The Supply Chain Advisory Board for the University of Georgia is the primary contact between industry and Supply Chain professors and students. Marty Parker is a UGA alumnus and lecturer who helped launch the UGA Supply Chain Advisory Board and is currently an honor supply chain leader for UGA. He is a partner at TechCXO, providing companies with o…
 
Sarah Marske is the Founder and CEO of Saramar Group, a marketing consultancy firm specializing in connecting brands to the U.S. Hispanic market. Saramar Group integrates three core solutions for business growth with social impact: Hispanic Marketing Services, Social Impact Initiatives, and Consulting & Training. Sarah was previously the Multicultu…
 
Veronica Maldonado-Torres is the CEO of VMT Consulting, a management consultancy firm tailored for small businesses and corporations' needs. A versatile and visionary Latina, Veronica's firm offers coaching, training, and development, focusing on Diversity & Inclusion, Supplier Development, Women empowerment, and Diverse Businesses. She is also the…
 
Everyone has an experience of being promised something and then discovering the promise cannot be kept. While it may be easier to accept someone's information without intending to follow up, you never know when that decision could come back to haunt you. It's important whether you're on the corporate side or the supplier side to remain transparent …
 
You only make a first impression once, and sometimes you only get to shoot your shot with your prospective, future corporate partner once too. What will you be thinking about when you get that first 'Big Meet'? Your clothes? Or your handshake? Maybe you think it's how you walk into the room. While all these things do matter for a first impression, …
 
What do Yoda the Jedi, Mr. Miyagi the sensei, and Steve Jobs the tech mogul all have in common? Well, aside from being masters of their field, be that the skill of wielding a lightsaber, a sweet leg sweep, or inventing the iPod, they all took time out of their day to take a new hopeful under their wing to bestow some of their learned enlightenment.…
 
Jon Suber is the Supplier Diversity Manager at Freddie Mac, a government-sponsored private bank providing mortgage capital to lenders to make homeownership possible for millions of families and individuals. Jon has a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business and an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Howar…
 
Justin Elanjian is a partner at Aprio and a nationally recognized PPP expert. He has conducted over 100 PPP loan forgiveness educational webinars reaching over 300,000 PPP borrowers and hundreds of CPA firms through strategic partnerships. Justin co-leads Aprio’s PPP loan forgiveness team and is responsible for servicing a growing number of borrowe…
 
Are you trying to support local businesses during Covid? It's important to think about small business and support them during the holiday, and especially during this pandemic. While there may not be the usual Christmas parties that support some of these businesses, there are still ways to show appreciation to your own employees while helping your l…
 
Are you prepared for working in the digital world? Whether we like it or not, it's going to take a long time to get back to in-person events. But even when we get back to normal, the convenience of virtual events will make them still prevalent. Instead of resisting the change, it's time to learn and prepare for networking and presenting in the virt…
 
Can we continue with networking events? COVID completely changed the way we interact with networking events, making in-person events impossible. However, virtual networking makes it even easier to connect and lowers all kinds of barriers allowing even more businesses to attend digital conferences and networking events to provide more opportunities.…
 
How often have you heard the phrase ‘I know that’s what I said, but that’s not what I meant’? In the well-meaning world of corporate business-speak perhaps some of the language we fall back on is not that helpful to the many different groups in the diverse supply chain. Are you from a ‘disadvantaged’ background or are you from an ‘underrepresented’…
 
Sonja Williams is the Co-Founder and Director of Marketing for Go Getter Marketing Group, a company that has been helping small- and medium-sized businesses grow since 2008. Formerly the Chief Marketing Officer at Hire Ground, Sonja has over 15 years’ experience in marketing consulting. She has helped numerous brands enhance their digital marketing…
 
Pierre Laguerre is the Founder and CEO of Fleeting, a marketplace that gives trucking companies access to vetted CDL drivers to operate their trucks. Born and raised in Haiti, he moved to the US with his family when he was 15 and entered the world of logistics and delivery as a college student. After attending Wagner College and New York City Colle…
 
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