WIPP National Partner Laurie Simon Featured in NWBOC Press Release
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Contact: Jackie Copp
Supplier Diversity Director Honored by
The National Women
Business Owners Corporation
Lake Park, FL (March 9, 2011) – The National
Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) named Fernando Hernandez, Supplier
Diversity Director at Microsoft, Inc. in Redmond, WA the Supplier Diversity
manager of the month for March.
Recognizing the importance of supplier
diversity programs to increase business opportunities for Woman Business
Enterprises (WBEs), the NWBOC applauds outstanding supplier diversity managers,
accepting nominations from its certified WBEs.
Hernandez, is the Supplier Diversity Director
at Microsoft, Inc. (http://www.microsoft.com)
in Redmond, WA. In this capacity, he drives Microsoft's strategies to
achieve supplier diversity objectives and is responsible for Microsoft's $1
billion plus annual Supplier Diversity initiative.
"Building a diverse supplier base is
important for Microsoft because we want our suppliers to reflect the diversity
of our customers," says Hernandez. "In today's highly
competitive market, strong supplier diversity programs provide the company with
an important strategic advantage."
Hernandez was nominated by Laurie Simon,
Founder and CEO of Ombrella, Inc. and Ombrella Consulting (http://www.ombrellausa.com/), a NWBOC
certified WBE located in Washington State. In her nomination Simon said,
"Fernando Hernandez truly understands the power and commitment that it
takes to work with small diverse companies and understands the value of doing
so. Fernando is our voice for Women in Business across the nation."
The NWBOC announces supplier diversity
winners with a company highlight in the bimonthly supplier diversity edition of
the NWBOC e-newsletter. Winners also receive a free six-month Buyer's
Registration to the NWBOC eProcurement MarketPlace (https://nwboc.economicengine.com).
The NWBOC eProcurement MarketPlace is an
interactive database that allows buyers to send bid opportunities to
women-owned companies or use it as a database. In addition, as vendors,
women business owners can do business with one another. All of the tools
are easy to use with no special equipment or training required. Buyers
can discover new vendors and enhance their WBE outreach, while WBEs increase
the ease of sales and grow their companies.
For more information about NWBOC or its WBE
certification program, visit www.nwboc.org
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NWBOC was established in 1995 for the
purpose of increasing competition for corporate and government contracts
through implementation of a pioneering economic development strategy for women
business owners. NWBOC is a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and
is the first third party, national certifier providing WBE Certification.