National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States recognizes runs from September 15 to October 15 to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, read about some Hispanic tech innovators and organizations that support Hispanic populations in their tech and supply chain careers.
Hispanic Supply Chain Leaders
Vice President Chief Information Officer, DHL Express
Awarded as one of the 100 most powerful Women in Business in México, Elvira Sánchez Chapa currently serves as the Vice President Chief Information at DHL Express, a logistics company providing courier, package delivery and express mail service. Elvira has also been awarded a HITEC 50 award, honoring individuals who are making positive impacts on the technology industry and those that act as role models for the next generation of tech leaders.
VP of Supply Chain, IBM
Ron Castro has worked on IBM’s supply chain challenges for the last 15 years. In his current role, he oversees all aspects of delivery for IBM. Ron is currently leading an embedded artificial intelligence implementation that enables IBM’s users to make more data-driven decisions.
Sanne Manders has over 20 years of supply chain expertise and serves as the COO at Flexport, a fully-licensed freight forwarder and platform designed to empower buyers, sellers, and their logistics partners in global logistics. Prior to his arrival at Flexport, Sanne worked in 4PL, 3PL, express/parcels, and distribution at The Boston Consulting Group.
Managing Director, SC Innovation Global Co-Lead and Global Beverages Leader, Accenture
Maria Rey-Marston, PhD, has served as the Managing Director and Supply Chain Innovation Global Co-Lead and Global Beverages Leader at Accenture, a global professional services company, for nearly three years. She is an expert in supply chain management and innovation, having worked as an adjunct lecturer at the Georgia Tech Supply Chain Learning gInstitute and Scheller College of business.
Hispanic Diversity Programs & Resources
Founded in 1972, the NMSDC supports systematically excluded communities of color including Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic, and Native American communities. They focus on creating upward mobility for minority communities and create opportunities for career growth and development.
Latinas in Tech is a non-profit organization with the aim to connect, support, and empower Latina women working in tech. They support their over 22,000 members who work at top technology companies to create safe spaces for learning, mentorship, and recruitment.
TechLatino is a national community supporting Latino technology professionals, businesses, and students. They conduct workshops, seminars, research, policy analysis, and awareness campaigns to ensure Latino perspectives are represented in the tech sector.
Established in 1972, ALPHA was the first-ever national Latino professional association in the United States. ALPHA currently serves more than 100,000 members across the country with networking and professional development opportunities in collaboration with hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies.
Diversity at Chain.io
Diversity is a top priority for our team at Chain.io. From sharing stories about diverse leaders and communities, to shedding light on the importance of diversity within supply chains, we recognize that our differences are what bring us together.
For many supply chain organizations, there have been missed opportunities for diverse suppliers, which are businesses that are at least 51% owned and operated by an individual or group that are historically underrepresented. Improving supplier diversity has been proven to help enhance product quality while driving down costs.
We have embraced inclusivity as one of our core values. We believe that people of varied backgrounds and lived experiences make our company stronger, and encourage diversity of thought and opinion to make sure everyone has the opportunity for their voice to be heard.
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