Cintas Hosts Supplier Diversity Retreat
Cintas Corp., Mason, OH, recently connected leading corporations with minority and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) at its inaugural business retreat in Orlando, FL. Key procurement executives from these companies attended the event, which created 6-12 month action plans for the minority owned businesses, and helped prepare them for future opportunities.
“Getting diverse suppliers and procurement leaders in the same room is critical for developing and sustaining economic inclusion,” said Pamela Brailsford, Cintas’ senior director of supplier diversity and sustainability. “With our business retreat, we aimed to offer an intimate setting to encourage meaningful conversations between organizations and MWBEs. We’re already identifying companies for next year’s event.”
Highlights of the retreat included guest speaker presentations on human capital, innovation and operational excellence, as well as individualized planning meetings. Attendees included MWBE Partners, d.e. Foxx & Associates, CB Tech, and Hightowers Petroleum, along with Marriott, Jones Lang LaSalle, Johnson Controls, Brown-Forman, Kellogg’s, National Roofing Partners, Skanska USA Building, University of Cincinnati and World Emblem.
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