DATE: November 9, 2021
TIME: 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm ET | 12:00 - 12:50 pm PT
With Mohammed Hussain, Manager of Business Diversity, CDW
Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist, BDC
Barbara Mowat, President, GroYourBiz
Phyllis Reid-Jarvis, MPH, PCC, Founder of Ultimate Potentials, a work-life flow business consultancy Remarks by Kristin Malek, Global Business Diversity Director, CDW
This panel will shed light on what the future of supplier diversity and women-owned businesses looks like in Canada - the current status, challenges and opportunities. The panel will feature champions and advocates of women entrepreneurs in Canada. Join us to learn...
- The economic outlook
- The diversity, equity & inclusion in Canada outlook
- The women entrepreneurship outlook
Mohammed Hussain is Manager of Business Diversity at CDW. A business solution expert who has been with CDW for 15 years in varying capacities, Mohammed focuses on expanding CDW’s offering to its customers, influencing the supply chain in a meaningful way and ensuring Business Diversity at CDW is revenue enabling for all of its diverse partners, customers and partner ecosystem. Mohammed is also laser focused on identifying new partners to align with their goals of enhancing the overall capabilities of CDW and bringing diverse partners closer to customers.
Pierre Cléroux Is Vice President, Research and Chief Economist at BDC, leading a team of experts who analyze economic data to identify business and sector trends impacting Canadian entrepreneurs. Mr. Cléroux is also responsible for providing economic analysis and advice to the Bank’s senior management team, and supervises all marketing and industry research activities. Over his 25-year career as an economist, he has held several influential positions that had a direct impact on entrepreneurs in Canada and abroad including his seat as Quebec Assistant Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, as strategic advisor for Montreal International where he was responsible for attracting foreign investment from India and the Middle East and developing international relationships and partnerships and in various roles at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business including economist and Quebec Vice President. Before joining BDC, Pierre worked for the Government of Saudi Arabia as Vice President, Business Analysis in the National Industry Clusters Development Program. Pierre holds a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree in Economics from Laval University, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Barbara Mowat is President and Founder, GroYourBiz Ltd. and Impact Communications Ltd. She is an international leader in the development of SME enterprises, with a special emphasis on women. She created the Uniquely Programs that assisted over 12,000 entrepreneurs access increased markets, created & owned a national magazine, a retail store, & an e-commerce site supporting women. She has assisted WBOs nationally & globally throughout Canada, South-East Asia, USA, South America, Europe, Afghanistan, India and Africa. She continues to be passionate about fostering the economic growth of women through GroYourBiz peer Business Advisory Boards.
Phyllis Reid-Jarvis is CEO and founder at Ultimate Potentials Corporation, an organization focused on leadership, organizational psychological health and diversity, equity and inclusion. With expertise in organizational psychosocial health, conscious leadership, diversity and inclusion principles, Phyllis and her team support organizations and individuals achieve their work and life goals. Phyllis is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), holding a master’s degree in public health, a graduate Certificate in Health & Ageing, and is a certified MBTI practitioner, and a certified psychological health and safety workplace advisor. Phyllis is the author of several books and programs, including “Success Strategies for Working Remotely” and “Pathways to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Organizations”.
Kristin Malek serves as the Director of Business Diversity at CDW. In this capacity, she drives CDW’s strategies to achieve equitable diversity objectives. She is responsible for CDW’ multibillion Billion Dollar annual diverse spend capabilities. Kristin is the architect of the CDW’s diverse supply chain which today is defined as more than 1100+ suppliers that serve the needs and offers solutions to CDW and their customers . She is the Vice Chair of the Chicago Minority Supplier Diversity Council, a member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, National Kristin Malek Circa Engagement October 2021 Scope of work LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Disability IN and National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). Kristin serves as an executive board member to a non for profit SHE TEK in NYC focusing on women and young girls participating in STEM as well as recently been named Chicago Blend’s Advisory Board as well as Illinois’’ Center for Enriched Living. Earlier this year, Kristin was named one of 2021’s Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity. And finally, Kristin has been named as One of NYC Most Responsible 100 for her work in diversity and inclusion in New York City as well as New York City’s 2021 Rising Star for her work in economic mobilization, equitable workforce, workplaces and supply chains.