To lead healthcare supplier diversity by building awareness through education and creating pathways to potential opportunities for historically underutilized businesses and all healthcare supply chain stakeholders.
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June 20-21, 2019
The Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA) held their Annual Meeting on June 20-21, 2019 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Participants learned and participated in key discussions related to the marketplace, competitiveness & growth through the primary theme, Scaling Up – A Strategic Imperative. Attendees from 79 registrations included major corporations, healthcare providers/ hospital groups, and diverse suppliers in the healthcare supply chain.
After the board meeting on Thursday, June 20th, attendees enjoyed a welcome reception at the Crystal Gazebo with food, drink, music and mingling. HSDA Chair Deborah Williams MC’ed the event and introduced top-tier sponsors for brief remarks.
Special thanks to Patricia B. Hairston, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions, LLC for planning the HSDA Annual Meeting.
The Annual Meeting on Friday, June 21st launched with breakfast and a welcome message from Sharon Hurt, City Councilwoman At Large, Metropolitan Council Office, Nashville, TN and CEO/President, Jefferson St. United Merchants Partnership. She presented of an official proclamation for the event. Deborah Williams led the HSDA Annual Meeting Official Business to report on finance, membership, past accomplishments, and 2019 initiatives.
Deborah Williams (left) and Patricia Hairston (right)
Moderator Patricia Hairston, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions facilitated discussions between attendees and panelists for a lively, real-world application of the "Scaling Up" theme. Panelists represented different points of view, to ensure comprehensive coverage of Q&A. HSDA appreciates the time, expertise and contributions from the following panelists: (1) Dawn Mason, Managing Director, Procurement, CoreCivic, (2) Akhil Agrawal, President, American Medical Depot & HSDA Board Member, (3) Davita Taylor, Chief Procurement Officer, Metro Nashville Airport Authority, and (4) Joey Dickson, AVP Purchased Services, Chief Diversity Officer, HealthTrust Purchasing Group (HPG).
Highly anticipated Marcus Whitney, CEO & Founder, Health: Further (and other organizations), and Author of "Create and Orchestrate" shared his background as a software engineer turned venture capitalist after selling his software to a major corporation. He tracks disruptions in the market and see the next generation of healthcare. His presentation, entitled Growing your Healthcare Business in an Era of Change encouraged all healthcare stakeholders to get ready now for disruptions from the private sector where the consumerization of healthcare is already underway. Most questions posed to Mr. Whitney circled around probabilities and suggestions for the next 24-36 months: his time range to be prepared for drastic change.
HSDA was thrilled to welcome Keynote Speaker Herschel Walker, 1982 Heisman Trophy Winner, Mental Health Awareness Advocate, Author of "Breaking Free", Successful Entrepreneur, and Founder & President, Renaissance Man Food Services. Walker kept everyone laughing while sharing his story using pop culture references. It is clear Herschel Walker puts family first, which positively impacts the companies he supports. His talent on the field extends to the success of many other businesses because he is the guy who will “get it done”. HSDA welcomes Mr. Walker to the board of directors, representing Renaissance Man Food Services.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
- Diamond: Cardinal Health, Intalere, Guy Brown (diverse supplier)
- Gold: Common Spirit, HealthTrust (HPG), Johnson & Johnson, Remar Technologies Group
- Silver: Print Media Corporation
- Event Sponsors: Kerma Medical, Kaiser Permanente, Len Tharpe & Associates, LLC, Myco Medical, Northwell Health, Novant Health, Sonic Rim & InShuttle Transportation (In-kind)
Attendees are in stitches during Herschel Walker's keynote presentation
After a short break, Richard Manson, President, SourceMark and Attorney for HSDA introduced Herman J. Williams, M.D., President, Herman Williams Consulting, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, RCCH HealthCare Partner, and Author of "Clear: Living the Life You Didn't Dream Of!". Participants listened to an inspiring story about what happens when you do everything right to meet your goals and then your path drastically shifts. Priorities change and so does your place in the world. The result: a life more compelling than the one you imagined.
The Annual Meeting ended with closing remarks from Deborah Williams and Membership Chair Robert Gonzalez, President, Print Media Corporation.