“The largest piece to have in a healthy supply chain is to have processes that encourage constant evolution and challenging of the status quo.” – David Vaughn

David Vaughn is the Director of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion at Assurant, an insurance and business services company. They have products that support and protect major consumer purchases, including phones, vehicles, and appliances. David’s responsibilities at Assurant include sourcing suppliers/vendors, staff management and development, and financial and operational processes management. He holds a degree in Accounting from Georgia State University – J. Mack Robinson College of Business and a degree in Finance from the University of Georgia – Terry College of Business.

David joins us to describe how Assurant manages its supplier diversity program. He explains the importance of having a supplier diversity program for companies wanting to expand and shares his advice with those who want to get started or optimize their supplier diversity programs. David also discusses what companies should focus on to ensure their supplier diversity program meets their annual targets and shares his perspective on the current state of supplier diversity.

Topics discussed in this episode of Breaking Barriers, Building Hire Ground:

  • What Assurant is and the services they offer clients in insurance
  • What supplier diversity means for their company
  • David’s career path and his experience as a financial auditor
  • How David found a career in supplier diversity
  • What David believes supplier diversity professionals should know to help a business
  • What should be the focus of a mature supplier diversity program
  • The state of supplier diversity today and where it’s going

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