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Yolanda Pierson

Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity
Minneapolis, MN
Yolanda is a recognized leader in supplier diversity, business development and sourcing strategies, Yolanda has led supplier diversity programs and acted as supply chain optimization solutions expert for manufacturing, distribution, and retail for 17 years. As a transformational leader, Yolanda has worked in various strategic management-level positions with national and international responsibility involving diversity and inclusion for such companies as Best Buy, Nike and Cummins where she served as manager of supplier diversity.

Presently, she is Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity and Inclusion at UNFI formerly Supervalu and the founder of Dream Out Loud! a consultancy focusing on Life Enrichment workshops, Business Development, and Executive Mentoring. Yolanda is a frequent speaker/panelist for local conferences and events focusing on supplier diversity, personal branding, and business development.

Yolanda received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Concordia University and a Master of Supply Chain from The University of St. Thomas. She holds the following professional accreditations; CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) and CPSD (Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity) from the Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISM).

Favorite Quote:
"Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance." — Verna Myers

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