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V. KAY JOHNSON Chicago, IL 60611 563-528-3122 vjd2564c@westpost.


PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS Provide direction to corporate management and employees in the area of supplier diversity. Contacts are with all levels of management and non-management and organizations involved in business with the corporation. Prioritize issues and interests in the form of goals and management plans. Develop policy on the use of companies with diverse backgrounds and cultures involving both corporate programs and strategic sourcing. Prepare annual supplier diversity budget and work plans to support proposals and internal diversity programs. I specialize in supplier diversity program evaluation and development, minority consulting, business development, and identification of subcontracting opportunities. EDUCATION Grand Canyon University / Major: Interdisciplinary Studies /Emphasis in Communications SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING Achieving Excellence Through Best Practices Aligning Minority Supplier Development With the Strategic Planning Process Business Case for Minority Supplier Development / Ethics & Professionalism in the Workplace Purchasing Trends targeted 50-60 corporations monthly; maintaining 90% business relationships; Collaborated with marketing team to create branding strategies to drive business growth; Delivered presentation to Executive Management on strategies for new business relationships in Midwest Region, i.e., introduce MBS capabilities to Minority Councils, attending tradeshows, networking events, and in-person appointments. DIRECTOR, SUPPLIER DIVERSITY, GROUP O, INC. MILAN, IL (2005 a" 2009) Led the implementation, organization and managing of the largest Hispanic MBE Supplier Diversity Program/Department in Illinois. Represented the Company in Public Relations and Community Outreach i.e., NMSDC, WEBNC, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, CMSDC-Chicago Board Member, Mississippi Valley Boys Partnered with Sales and Marketing to identify business relations that resulted in sales revenue exceeding $200MM; establishing new relationships with Johnson Controls, Staples, and others; Promoted Supplier Diversity company-wide by providing one-on-one meetings, recommending policies and procedures and monitoring corporate RFP participation; V. KAY JOHNSON PAGE 2

Participated as a Corporate Plus Member developing Best Practices for successful business relationship results; Worked with internal cross-functional teams charged with developing business development relationships, contract negotiations, customer support, and problem solving with corporations and MBE's; Managed Tier I and Tier II diverse spend reporting for review by company Executives and Corporate customers on a quarterly and annual basis; Mentored new corporate diversity managers resulting in the development of new diverse business relationships; Reviewed, analyzed and evaluated with a team of MBE Executives the nomination of Corporation of the Year for NMSDC Conferences; Provided support to improve in-house systems and process to drive supplier diversity reporting; resulting in the development of a user-friendly process; Facilitated successful relationships with corporate, federal, state and local agencies to create business opportunities resulting in establishment of committees across agencies; Implemented and coordinated process to verify vendor certifications with 100% returned certificates; Managed and coordinated all aspects of logistics, team participation and internal/external communication for tradeshows and advertising with a budget exceeding $150M annually; Screened and identified MWBE businesses that resulted in a 20% increase in diverse spend; Instrumental in developing relationships that resulted in articles and advertisements published in minority business media sharing company success for business growth. EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, U.S. BANK/FIRSTAR, COMMERCIAL BANKING/HUMAN RESOURCES, DAVENPORT, IA /MINNEAPOLIS, MN (1998 a" 2005) Managed and maintained Regional President's complex calendar and daily schedule in a fast a"paced environment by: Serving as liaison with Board of Directors, senior management and other staff; arranging frequent travel schedules with travel agents and on-line travel websites; Managing logistics and arrangements for meetings and other events; debriefed and managed follow-up items. Maintaining and distributing $100M for Corporate marketing fundraisers and Foundation capital campaigns; Processing new hires, promotions, bonuses, salary increases, disciplinary actions, and employee relocation and departure documentation;

Worked with minimum supervision, using good judgment in an environment with tight deadlines and confidential matters.