Procurement executives and the supply chain leadership of eight Fortune 1000 corporations and two academic institutions participated in a virtual CPO roundtable to discuss the impact of the pandemic on their operations and strategic solutions going forward.
Hosted by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), the virtual roundtable, held May 15, 2020, included participants from AARP, Avis Budget Group, Georgetown University, Hilton, Hyatt, MGM Resorts, Nationwide Insurance, TIAA, Truist Bank, and Howard University.
Dr. Diane Hall, Senior Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pandemic and Reopening Taskforce, kicked off the discussion and presented the current measures and guidelines which the CDC is implementing at workplaces to curtail the pandemic.
Her remarks encompassed the following points:
Professor James Haddow of Howard University School of Business moderated the roundtable and fielded questions to the panel. All CPOs contributed to the dialogue.
Among the salient points discussed were:
The active participation of CPOs, their responses and interactions validated the what the procurement executives and supply chain leadership had in mind.
This virtual roundtable is the latest of several programs brought by USPAACC to virtually connect business executives and leadership amidst social distancing regulations prompted by the pandemic.
Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities. For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.
Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.
Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.
Businesses can be nominated or apply for the innovative national award program that recognizes the robust growth of 100 leading Asian American-owned businesses“We celebrate the fastest-growing difference makers, risk takers, and boundary breakers powering America’s economy,” says USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen
SD Champions provides tools to nurture corporate, government, and large nonprofit supplier diversity programs, while also encouraging and supporting the certification and development of the small and diverse businesses that make these programs a reality.
The SD Champions program advanced by USPAACC represents a purposeful shift away from awards solely based on a corporation's ability to spend and moves toward a new emphasis that encourages transparency, innovation, inclusion, impact on the community, and integration in supplier diversity programs.