How to Operationalize Your Commitment to DEI with a Supplier Diversity Program

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If you want to be a DEI champion for your events, there’s more to it than who is in the audience and on stage. Partnering with suppliers who are from different backgrounds, identities, and experiences is a critical part of living into your expressed commitment and achieving better economic outcomes within the communities where you hold events.

DEI expert & ELI Instructor Zoe Moore will provide a comprehensive overview of supplier diversity programs and the strategies you must put in place, ideally at the RFP stage, to set goals, execute them and measure success.

Bring your RFP, if not samples will be provided, and roll up your sleeves to build out this criteria in a group exercise for your future events.

Learning Objectives:
• Explore the benefits of promoting DEI within the supply chain, such as fostering innovation, enhancing community engagement, and driving economic growth.
• Identify and evaluate diverse suppliers that can contribute to the success of your events.
• Develop and implement an effective supplier diversity program throughout your event planning cycle.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 47 min

CMP Credit Hours:

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Zoe Moore

Honorably discharged from the United States Army following 12 years of service, Chiriga Moore, affectionately known as Zoe (pronounced ZOH) completed an M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism and then started an event planning company in Oakland, CA. 

Learning that Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) were not prioritized in the meetings, events, and tourism industry, she became an advocate to help improve dialogue and action in the areas of supplier diversity, organizational culture, and diverse representation in leadership.

Initially, spearheading the formation of an Inclusion & Diversity committee with MPI’s Northern California Chapter, she decided to become a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® to deepen her knowledge. As the co-founder of Moore Consulting Agency LLC, she seeks to support hospitality organizations to assess the FIVE Cs: Characteristics, Commitment, Capacity, Climate & Culture to develop DEI strategies that are measurable and sustainable. As an independent Hospitality Strategic Consultant, she engages leaders of organizations through her speaking, writing, and consulting. 

The outgoing co-chair for MPIs 2021 Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, Zoe is committed to holding industry leaders strategically accountable to their expressed  commitment to change.

Zoe is a contributing writer to The Meeting Professional, Meetings Today, and her personal blog Unsolicited Advice. She resides in Marietta, GA with her 17-year-old son, and loves homemade chocolate chip cookies, photography, and traveling.

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