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Natalie McGrady

Director, Supplier Diversity

Natalie McGrady Takes Cargill's Supplier Diversity Program to Next Level

When Cargill decided to expand its supplier diversity program, executives turned to Natalie McGrady. Assuming the position a year ago, she has utilized her experience in sourcing and procurement to begin the change process that will bring a sustainable, repeatable, world-class process to Cargill. McGrady has established spend goals by category; identified five key areas to enable growth in utilization of diverse suppliers; and introduced the use of technology in driving reporting, events and certification management. She also developed a key stakeholder list and leverages multi-level support to raise the general awareness of the supplier diversity program.

McGrady quickly developed a stronger supplier diversity program by relying on some core principles. One is that program visibility, along with spend management, are critical. She believes that strong internal communications are important to building organization-wide support for supplier diversity. McGrady ensured that all sourcing leads and buyers have access to the supplier diversity portal and engage McGrady's team for support and research. Two more principles are to provide external sponsorships and to consistently follow-up with suppliers after participating in diversity events.

Favorite Quote:
“Nothing beats a try but a failure.” - My Mother Odessa McGrady