Navistar celebrates 40 years of supplier diversity program

Navistar is celebrating its Supplier Diversity Program’s 40th anniversary. The Supplier Diversity Program, which has over 1,025 members, is designed to develop and foster strategic supplier relationships with companies owned by minorities, women, veterans and small business enterprises.

Since 2018, Navistar has spent more than $2 billion with diverse suppliers and is the first U.S. truck original equipment manufacturer with a formal supplier diversity program, the company says. In 2020, Navistar’s Supplier Diversity leadership team, comprised of Nicole Wiggins, Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Leader; Jennifer Lee, Supplier Diversity Analyst; Raquel Salter, Supplier Diversity Program Manager; and Sharee Sheptick, Supplier Diversity Coordinator; won the “Minority Business News” All-Stars of Supplier Diversity Award.

Because of Navistar’s Supplier Diversity Program’s success, other companies have looked to the program’s leaders for tips on building their own.

“Navistar’s program has become a benchmark and trailblazer for companies within the trucking industry and beyond,” says Wiggins. “We strive to do everything with a best-in-class mentality.”

Sheptick adds, “Each and every supplier in our program provides a large impact, whether it is to one team at Navistar or many. For every supplier we help support through our program, we greatly benefit from their unique points of view and expertise.”

To commemorate 40 years of the Supplier Diversity Program, Navistar hosted a virtual celebration with addresses from key leaders. The theme of the event focused on reflection of the past, celebration of the present and looking toward the future. The City of Chicago Chief Diversity Officer Marcus Miller gave a keynote address, discussing the history of supplier diversity, its importance and economic impact on companies.

Five awards were also given at the virtual event. The awards were presented to Navistar suppliers and employees who showcased significant commitment to the program, and the exceptional products and services provided.

  • Trailblazer Award: Awarded to a Navistar supplier who comes up with new and innovative ideas and ways of doing things. Winner: THORS eLearning Solutions
  • Catalyst for Change Award: Awarded to a Navistar supplier who empowers Navistar employees by providing training opportunities to gain new skills. Winner: Georgia Dudley, Empowering Women Network, Inc.
  • Collaborator Award: Awarded to a Navistar supplier who works closely with the Navistar team to understand current requirements while looking ahead to anticipate future needs. Winner: Chrysan
  • Excellence Award: Awarded to a Navistar supplier who demonstrates excellence in their products and customer service interactions. Winner: Laurie Pasler, Blufish Productions
  • Helping Hand Ambassador Award: Awarded to a Navistar individual who demonstrates a longstanding and consistent commitment to Supplier Diversity. Winner: Lisa McLuckie, Senior Supply Continuity Manager
  • Above and Beyond Procurement Leader Award: Awarded to a Navistar individual recognized for their commitment to Supplier Diversity and outstanding efforts in advancing purchasing opportunities for diverse businesses. Winner: Alex Bansal, Senior Category Manager, Procurement
  • Outstanding Procurement Director Award: Awarded to a Navistar individual who promotes corporate advocacy and the development of diverse suppliers. Winner: James Spaulding, Procurement Director, Indirect        
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