2022 Top 25 Leaders in Supplier Inclusion, DEI Named

Kristin Malek Strives to Prepare CDW for a More Diverse Future


As the Director of Business Diversity at CDW, Kristin Malek is the architect of CDW’s diverse supply chain. With more than 1100+ suppliers she and her team ensure CDW’s continued investment in diversity, equality, and inclusion within their businesses. Under Kristin’s leadership, CDW was inducted into the prestigious Billion Dollar Roundtable and was named a Supplier Diversity Excellence Champion by Gartner.

For Kristin and CDW, partnering with small and diverse businesses including minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ+ and disability owned is not only the right thing to do. It is – and will continue to be – an integral part of our business model.

The work Kristin and her team do to support diverse suppliers is rooted in the same values that are at the heart of CDW itself. By identifying opportunities for diverse partners to increase their sales revenue, invest in their own growth and spend more with other firms in their supply chain, this creates a powerful multiplier effect, generating jobs, increasing wages, boosting local economies and generating tax revenue, especially in underrepresented and underutilized communities.


  • Favorite Quote: "SEIZE CHANGE AS CHANGE CREATES NEEDS, AND NEEDS CREATE OPPORTUNITIES. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND THE FULL POTENTIAL YOU CAN BRING TO AN ORGANIZATION AND ONLY COMPETE WITH YOURSELF. AND MOST IMPORTANT, LIFT UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS BEHIND YOU. MENTOR THEM, LEARN FROM THEM, LISTEN TO THEM AND SET THEM UP FOR SUCCESS. "