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4 Supplier Diversity Questions about Women-Owned Businesses Contracts for ConnXus COO Daryl Hammett

by Feoshia Davis on October 15, 2014

Daryl joined ConnXus as Chief Operations Officer in early 2014. He retired as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sears Optical, N.A., a licensed brand owned and operated by Luxottica Group. This $25 billion dollar publicly traded company also owns brands such as, Lenscrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, and Oakley. Daryl founded the Peabody Executive Coaching and Performance Management Group in 2012 after 20 years of leading and coaching at the most senior executive levels in Fortune 500, Non-Profits, Start -Ups, Mid and Small organizations. His background consists of a combination of executive leadership in the healthcare, foodservice and retail industries. His experience includes leading multi-functional, multi-site and multi-continent operations teams through record growth, mergers & acquisitions, and change… read more »

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ConnXus partners with NAAAHR

by Feoshia Davis on September 8, 2014

ConnXus, a leading Supplier Diversity Management solutions provider, is excited to announce a partnership with The National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR). With a membership management portal powered by ConnXus, the 11,000-member NAAAHR will further its mission to grow the ranks of African-Americans in professional fields. In return, NAAAHR members, as a value-add to their membership, will get access to ConnXus Plus supplier memberships. This allows NAAAHR members to connect with diverse professionals and business owners in the ConnXus database. NAAAHR members, who own businesses, also can connect to new supplier opportunities that ConnXus corporate buyer members post on its opportunity platform. “A vital part of the ConnXus mission is to use technology to create strong, and mutually… read more »

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Introducing: The ConnXus Market Place

by Feoshia Davis on September 4, 2014

Your ConnXus membership just got more valuable. Today, we’re excited to introduce The ConnXus Market Place, a new partnership with trusted providers that gives our members special access to a host of professional business services. Our initial Market Place partners are: Costco eVerifile Nirvana Funding The Deciding Factor Bob Ross Auto Group For a limited time, The ConnXus Market Place is open to all ConnXus members. If you haven’t yet signed up with us, create an account today. Today’s announcement is the first of many more membership value-ads to come. Find out more when you check out the Market Place today! Don’t forget to bookmark the page, or you can find it under the resources section of our website. Go the The ConnXus Market Place

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Black EOE Journal Names ConnXus to 2014 Top Supplier Diversity Programs List

by Feoshia Davis on August 20, 2014

The team at ConnXus is proud to once again be named a Top Supplier Diversity Program in 2014 by Black EOE Journal. The honor is part of the Black EOE Journal’s Annual Best of the Best award series. ConnXus helps grow small, woman- and minority-owned businesses by connecting them to Fortune 2000 corporations seeking a competitive edge through supplier diversity. The technology company is located in Mason, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati. Black EOE Journal is published by DiversityComm, which also publishes Black EOE Journal, Multicultural Professional Woman’s Magazine and the U.S. Veterans Magazine. Each year the publications conduct select evaluations of the nation’s Employers, Supplier Diversity Programs and Executives, Industry Leaders, Law Enforcement & Government Agencies and Colleges, Universities and MBA Schools…. read more »

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CEO’s Desk: The Network Effect of Tier 2 Diversity Tracking and Reporting

by Feoshia Davis on August 14, 2014

By Rod Robinson ConnXus CEO and Founder In an earlier post, I discussed how Tier 2, if leveraged properly, could be a catalyst for moving the needle on supplier diversity.  My thoughts on this topic have been shaped over decades of working in the supplier diversity arena. As I mentioned in my earlier post, businesses owned by women and minorities represent more than 50% of all US businesses, but only generate 6% of the revenue.  An expansion from traditional Tier 2 to Multi-Tier reporting could be a strong driver of growth for Supplier Diversity across Corporate America. At ConnXus, hundreds of companies report Tier 2 diversity spend through our software platform.  As a result, we have the opportunity to support… read more »

Posted in: Direct Diversity Spend, Diversity Spend, Help Diverse Suppliers, Indirect Diversity Spend, Minority Business Certification, Supplier Diversity, Tier II Diversity Spend, Tips for Procurement/Purchasing Managers, Uncategorized

CEO’s Desk: Supplier Diversity: Stop Looking Back

by Feoshia Davis on July 31, 2014

I’m a member of various social networking groups on the topic of supplier diversity. Like in any group, members ask questions of each other, searching for new ideas, best practices and new resources. I’ve even started posting my answers to some of these questions through via various forums. I’ve noticed a trend in these questions, and it’s bothering me. A majority of these questions are about tracking or measuring diverse spend. While truly valid questions, it made me think: Why are we so concerned with only measuring, tracking and following things that have happened in the PAST? Why are we looking back all the time? Instead, think about the good that could come from a simple shift in our perspective…. read more »

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Find us at the National Urban League Conference in Cincinnati July 26

by Feoshia Davis on July 17, 2014

Next week the National Urban League will be right in our own backyard in downtown Cincinnati. The four-day annual Urban League Conference is July 23-26 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. This year’s theme is One Nation Underemployed: Bridges to Jobs and Justice. Thousands of thought leaders and influencers from across the country will convene newsmakers, political, business and community leaders and media for four days of dynamic panels, workshops, entertainment and networking opportunities. From employment, education, and health to entrepreneurship, housing and beyond, we will address the most critical issues facing African Americans and other minorities with strategies and actionable plans for recovery and economic empowerment, while also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. With more than 5,000… read more »

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ConnXus Announces Ground-Breaking Partnership With San Diego-based Council for Supplier Diversity

by Feoshia Davis on July 9, 2014

ConnXus Inc., the Mason, Ohio-based online diversity procurement platform, has announced a ground-breaking partnership with the San Diego-based Council for Supplier Diversity that will allow the Council to grow its reach and significantly expand economic opportunity for members and buyers associated with the organization. The Council for Supplier Diversity (formerly the San Diego Regional Supplier Development Council) has more than 200 minority and service-disabled veteran business enterprises and more than 50 corporate members. It also provides business and technical assistance to certified minority business enterprises. The partnership is the first of its kind for ConnXus, which historically has linked diverse suppliers with FORTUNE 2000 companies interested in doing business with minority and women-owned businesses. The relationship with the Council is different. ConnXus… read more »

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Facebook, Yahoo! and Google release employee diversity figures. Now what?

by Feoshia Davis on July 2, 2014

  At ConnXus, we focus on growing small woman- and minority-owned businesses by connecting them to Supplier Diversity opportunities. We believe supplier diversity is key to economic growth, and lately workplace diversity has been in the news as well. Three tech giants Facebook, Yahoo! and Google recently released major workplace diversity reports. The results weren’t surprising to those in the tech world. In all three companies, the majority of workers (especially in leadership positions) were white and male. Asians comprise the second most represented group. All three companies have said they want to increase workplace diversity, which is seen as a competitive advantage. Diversity of employees and executives is seen as an asset in today’s global, fast-paced economy. Google put it this way: “Having a… read more »

Posted in: Direct Diversity Spend, Diversity Spend, Help Diverse Suppliers, Indirect Diversity Spend, Supplier Diversity, Supplier Diversity Program

From Supplier Diversity to Wealth Creation: ConnXus Wealth Seminar

by Feoshia Davis on June 5, 2014

As part of our  mission to help small woman- and minority-owned businesses grow, ConnXus is hosting its first supplier Wealth & Empowerment Summit. This dynamic event, “From Supplier Diversity to Wealth Creation,” will provide in-the-trenches insight, information and education on securing capital to accelerate business growth from a diverse group of highly successful entrepreneurs from across the country. Our speakers will tell stories about growing businesses through strategic investment and relationship building. The summit is June 16 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati. We have some great speakers lined, up including:   Kesha Cash, a Partner and Director of Investments at Impact America, an early-stage equity fund that invests in high growth companies that aim to generate real financial… read more »

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Rod Robinson

The ConnXion Point is the blog for, an online service connecting small, minority- and woman-owned businesses with companies seeking to hire diverse suppliers.

I'm Rod Robinson, founder and chief connector of I've spent 15 years in the procurement business as a minority business owner, company procurement officer and industry consultant.

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