2022 Top 25 Diversity Change Leaders Making Waves : National Supplier Inclusion and DEI Leaders Continue to Innovate their Programs.

Nedra L. Dickson Pioneers Development at Accenture

Nedra L. Dickson is Managing Director and Global Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability Lead for Accenture. In her time with the company, she has pioneered the development of the Diverse Supplier Development Program, or DSDP. This is a mentoring and networking program that helps diverse suppliers develop strategies for growth and make connections with top companies such as Accenture. Since the program’s inception in 2006, Dickson has helped spread it to seven countries, and mentor nearly 200 diverse suppliers globally.

When asked what drives her approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Dickson offered a quote from Jesse Jackson: “Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness, it is the key to growth.” Dickson continues to put this philosophy into practice, not only through the highly successful DSDP, but by holding a yearly Supplier Inclusion and Diversity Summit, where industry leaders and heads of diverse supply companies gather to help spread awareness and best practices pertaining to supplier diversity and DEI.

Favorite Quote: “Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.” — Jesse Jackson