Debra Jennings-Johnson has been a passionate advocate for minority and women owned businesses for over 20 years. Whether through work with organizations focused on the growth of diverse companies or strategically working with corporate leadership to embed supplier diversity within the procurement processes, her work and her influence have created change. As a leader in supplier diversity, Jennings-Johnson combines "old school" spirit and intent of minority business development with current practices skills and competencies of procurement operations. In her tenure as Director of Supplier Diversity for BP, the inclusion of minority and women owned businesses increased from less than $200 million in 1999 to approximately $700 million in 2010 .
Jennings-Johnson has lectured extensively and published articles covering topics such as: Subcontracting Opportunities for MWBEs; Non-Traditional Purchasing; Joint Ventures, Building Strategic Alliances; Second Tier Purchasing, and Program Strategies for Corporate America. Additionally, she has participated on numerous panels addressing minority and women business related issues. She has received many awards and recognitions from organizations such as the Chicago Minority Business Development Council, Women's Business Development Center, Chicago United, the Minority Business Development Agency and SCORE.
Jennings-Johnson's training includes professional development within two major US/Global organizations, Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISM) and a Business degree from Loyola University of Chicago. She is an active member of the Board for WBENC, and is Chair of the Marketing, Communications and Brand Management Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors serving in a leadership capacity for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women's Business Development Center and Chicago Minority Business Development Council. Jennings-Johnson is also actively involved with Chicago United, the Chicago Urban League, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Minority Supplier Development Council and Minority Business Development Agency.
View additional 2011 Applause Award Recipients:
Nancy Conner, Supplier Diversity Manager, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Lynthia Romney, President, RomneyCom L.L.C.
Lynn Scott, Executive Director of Supplier Diversity, Alcatel-Lucentt
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