Wande Leintu


Principal, Supplier Diversity

Wande Diakite Leintu is Principal, Supplier Diversity and Inclusion for Amazon’s Global Procurement Organization Supplier Diversity & Inclusion team, responsible for leveraging strategic outreach initiatives to work with internal and external stakeholders to maximize Amazon’s use of diverse-owned and small businesses while enabling economic and social impact in communities where Amazon operates globally. A critical thinker and problem solver, Wande measures her success in terms of the impact she makes on people’s lives. Having witnessed systemic racial and wealth disparity since childhood, she’s committed to contributing to the change she’d like to see in the world.

Previously, Wande was Deputy VP, Supplier Diversity and Supply Chain, for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. In that role, she created the first Small Business University in partnership with major higher education institutions (including Georgetown University and George Mason University) along with venture capitalists and supplier development organizations. Prior to that, as Senior Sourcing and Supplier Diversity Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, she launched the company’s first Zero Unidentified Suppliers Initiative (ZUSI), amongst other initiatives, to capture strategic supplier information (including diversity classifications and certifications, geographic location, ethnicity, etc.) leading to the region exceeding its supplier diversity goals and the company injunction in the Billion Dollard Roundtable.

Wande earned a B.S. in International Business and Finance from Strayer University and an M.B.A. with a focus on supply chain management from Howard University. She is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute.

Originally from the West Africa nation of Mali, Wande speaks five languages (English, French, Bambara, Mandigua, Fulani) and enjoys dancing, music, charity work and traveling. Wande and her family currently live in Maryland.