2018 TOP 30 Champions of Diversity
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Regina Heyward

Senior Vice President and Head, Supplier Diversity
Wells Fargo

Regina Heyward: Change Agent for Supplier Diversity at Wells Fargo

Regina Heyward is the Senior Vice President and Head of Supplier Diversity for Wells Fargo. As a change agent, she has developed numerous strategies to embed supplier diversity in the company’s culture. Regina has focused on growing relationships with diverse businesses, and developing aggressive growth plans by categories. A key strategy she has utilized is listening and understanding business needs, and then developing and recommending actionable strategies with a high likelihood of success. She sponsors ideas by sharing data and information with senior leaders, and regularly challenges the status quo by recommending actionable strategies based on quantifiable data, benchmarks, and best practices. In 2016, Wells Fargo achieved $1.1 billion in diverse spend; the organization has grown spend with diverse businesses by $365 million over the past 6 years.

Regina is building new relationships, encouraging young businesses to get certified, and investing in diverse supplier development for scale and technical capacity growth. She has developed a strong partnership with Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration and manages a scholarship program for diverse businesses to attend its executive education program. She also established partnerships with national ethnic chambers and advocacy organizations.

Favorite Quote:
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.