2018 TOP 30 Champions of Diversity
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Valerie Nesbitt

Business Diversity Officer
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Atlanta Airport's Valerie Nesbitt Grows Supplier Diversity on Greater Awareness

Valerie Nesbitt is the Business Diversity Officer at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. After leading supplier diversity programs at multiple corporations, she assumed her current role in 2016. Valerie's first efforts were applying her skills and expertise to review and revise the policies and processes impacting MWBEs. She formed cross–functional teams to address insurance requirements and prompt vendor payments, two issues that significantly impact the growth and capacity building efforts of MWBEs. Valerie drives change primarily through training and awareness, working to ensure employees, contractors and sub-contractors are aware of the organization's commitment to D&I.

To grow opportunities, Valerie applies two cornerstones for the supplier diversity program. The annual Industry Day event is a day filled with workshops and panel discussions to highlight the capital improvement program, share details on upcoming projects, and give an overview of how Hartsfield-Jackson does business. The second cornerstone is the creation of joint ventures to give MWBEs opportunities to build capacity and gain experience as prime contractors on large projects.

Favorite Quote:
When referring to affirmative action, Maynard Jackson once quoted James Brown stating, “I don’t want nobody to give me something, open up the door, I’ll get it myself.” – James Brown