2018 TOP 30 Champions of Diversity
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Kimberly Marcus

Director, Supplier Diversity
AARP

Kimberly Marcus Redefines Supplier Diversity at AARP

Kimberly Marcus is the Director of Supplier Diversity for AARP, and she brought a passion for diversity in communities and the organization to her position. She has a deep belief that it is important for AARP's supply chain to reflect the diversity in the organization's customer base. She works to continually improve AARP's performance in supplier diversity by focusing on creating awareness, increasing access to qualified vendors, identifying the highest probability opportunities and including more qualified suppliers in the bid process. One very successful strategy is providing accelerated payment terms for small and diverse suppliers to help fund growth and job creation.

Top–down support has been crucial to growing the supplier diversity program. Marcus leverages strong CEO support to strengthen the engagement of people of all backgrounds and cultures as an integral part of AARP's business model. She forges real relationships around a common vision of enabling all people to live a life of independence, dignity and purpose. AARP's executives prioritize supplier diversity and reach out to the supplier diversity team, including attending their meetings.


Favorite Quote:
In our work and in our living, we must recognize that differences are reasons for celebration and growth, rather than reasons for exclusion; inclusion makes us stronger! — Kimberly Marcus