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Larissa England

Sr. Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

Kroger's Larissa England Implements Strong Supplier Diversity Strategies

Larissa England has helped ensure that Kroger Co. remain a leader in supplier diversity as the company's senior manager in supplier diversity. The Kroger Company with the leadership of England has maintained a seat on the Billion Dollar Roundtable. She partnered with IT to develop a supplier diversity portal, a cross functional database that facilitates the use of diversity suppliers in the company-wide procurement process. Furthermore, they developed content, analytics, a registration process, and a tracking system that enables sourcing professionals to find qualified minority suppliers for inclusion in RFPs. She also led the company's first minority supplier summit that was a great success.

England and her team use a variety of strategies to grow the supplier diversity program. The strategy she developed helped set annual goals, identified KPIs, developed scorecards, and established collecting and reporting mechanisms. Together, her team improved the enterprise-wide communication process and established training programs for minority business owners. Using a T (train), E (educate), A (align), and M (measure) process, Larissa partnered with Global Enterprise Sourcing to establish benchmarks and increase engagement in supplier diversity and inclusion. She also established Department Champions recognition company-wide to help support these initiatives.

Favorite Quote:
"I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.