As the leading food and beverage company in the Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion Index (D&I) in 2016, Nestlé has demonstrated a deep commitment to gender representation. Since 2013, the company’s initiatives to empower female agripreneurs have promoted literacy and cooperative farming efforts for women in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Ecuador, and Indonesia.


Karen Blackwell

Breakfast Keynote, Friday, May 4, 2018 from 10:00 - 11:00a.m.
Build vs. Buy: You’re not Competing, You’re Capacity Building.

On February of this year  OMNIKAL announced “America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities”, known as the “Omni50.” Nestlé in the US was recognized for our efforts in providing the best business opportunities to the increasingly inclusive majority marketplace.

The Omni50 represents the voice of OMNIKAL’s 2.1 million members and recognizes the Top 50 Organizations who are awarding the most business to the growing culturally diverse marketplace across the United States.  While other awards and “top” lists crown companies for overall growth, the Omni50 celebrates the organizations that provide the best and most business awarded to diverse companies through their impact sourcing programs resulting in inclusive supplier chains.
Supplier Diversity and Development Manager, Karen Blackwell, says she’s excited that Nestlé, as Breakfast Sponsor at The Derby Diversity Business Summit, will be part of an event made to support, “efforts to create a supplier diversity space that is collaborative, innovative and informative.”
As the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé depends on alliances with smaller businesses. Everything and everyone are connected and diversity among all businesses within the supply chain is beneficial for corporations and smaller companies alike. “In many ways, the issues facing the Supplier Diversity Programs are the result of a more informed public seeking accountability and transparency in our actions,” she said.

“Large companies are growing through innovation and acquisition to support national and international business requirements and opportunities,” said Blackwell, “so it becomes important that we encourage our small and diverse suppliers to consider using similar strategies to grow to scale and to consider alliances and strategic partnerships as capacity building tools.”

Join Nestlé for their presentation in Louisville during the festivities leading up to the 144th Kentucky Derby and experience the Derby spirit among today’s diverse business leaders.