About Us

Built By Supplier Diversity Professionals, For Supplier Diversity Professionals!

DiverseLink Network is a private supplier diversity network that lets supplier diversity professionals connect, collaborate and benchmark best practices in an exciting new way! By supplier diversity professionals connecting, learning and growing with each other, the tide lifts for all to make a significant difference in the full panorama of the diverse business community, job creation and the overall economy!

DiverseLink is comprised of a team of supplier diversity leaders dedicated to the mission of helping maximize the inclusion of diverse suppliers within corporate and government supply chains. Drawing from years of supply chain and supplier diversity experience, the team at DiverseLink knows that supplier diversity professionals need to understand best practices to increase the utilization and spending with diverse-owned firms.  Our team of network moderators include:

 

Bert Carrington, Founder & Moderator

Bert Carrington is the former Manager of Supplier Diversity at SunTrust Bank where he led the supplier diversity program and initiatives that support the growth and development of diverse suppliers.  Prior to his career with SunTrust, Mr. Carrington served as Supplier Diversity Coordinator for Wachovia Corporation.  In addition to his Supplier Diversity daily duties, Mr. Carrington managed the $13 million capacity building initiative entitled the “Minority Business Growth Initiative” (MBGI).  Mr. Carrington helped build the capacity of many large MBE enterprises throughout the Southeast and California including the development of Strategic Alliances and Mergers & Acquisitions with several firms.  Prior to his career at Wachovia, Mr. Carrington was President of Sovidian, a small diverse-owned technology firm in Charlotte, NC.  Also, Mr. Carrington had a 10-year career with Bank of America where he served as a Strategic Sourcing Manager, negotiating corporate contractual agreements in supply chain management, managed several affluent lines of business in corporate marketing, and was a lender in the mortgage banking group.  Mr. Carrington has served as a Board of Director for five regional Minority Business Development Council’s and has served as Chairman / Vice-Chairman of the Financial Services Roundtable – an industry group of 48 of the largest financial institutions in the United States.   Mr. Carrington founded DiverseLink based on his experience in the supplier diversity industry. 

 

Fritz Valsaint, Moderator

Fritz Valsaint spent 18 years at UPS engaging in the art and science of strategic sourcing, supply chain management, supplier diversity, government contracting, facilities management, industrial, and environmental engineering.  Fritz served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council and as Chair of the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Air Transportation Group.  Under his leadership, UPS has received the most prestigious supplier diversity recognitions nationally.  A native of the Bahamas, Fritz holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Fritz is the founder and President of The Coalescent Group, a management consulting company. 

 

Icy Williams, Moderator

Icy is the former Associate Director, Corporate Supplier Diversity Development for Procter and Gamble.  Ms. Williams joined P&G in 1980 in Product Supply Manufacturing. She held a variety of positions at the company.  As Associate Director, Williams created systemic processes and systems for P&G to achieve $1.5 Billion spending with Minority/Women Business Enterprises.   Ms. Williams exceeded the goal of $1.5 Billion and then created the 5 year plan to achieve $2.5 Billion and at retirement spend exceeded $2.1 billion with minority and women owned businesses. Accomplishments in this position included Corporation of the Year through local NMSDC Councils, induction into the Billion Dollar Roundtable, 2009 Merlin Pope Diversity Leadership Award, 2009 Cincinnati Business Mentor of the Year –Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and numerous diversity leadership awards due to outstanding Supplier Diversity efforts.  A native of Fairfield, Texas, Ms. Williams graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a BS in Business Education. Ms Williams is currently President and CEO of ACF Enterprises, and VP of Development for the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance.

 

Bruce Perkins, Moderator

Bruce Perkins was Director of Supplier Diversity at Siemens Corporation and Siemens Industry. He was responsible for coordinating the activities of the three Sectors to optimize their program performance to meet customer expectations and to enhance the image of Siemens. The program impacted $4 billion in sales and generated greater than $2 billion in supplier diversity spend. He also mentored and assisted customers, per their request, in improving their supplier diversity program knowledge and performance. Prior to working at Siemens, he was Vice President of the Supplier Diversity & Business Development Group at Merrill Lynch. He was responsible for a major expansion of the supplier diversity program in the areas of program sourcing, management and metrics tracking. He was the only supplier diversity and/or procurement person to deliver major presentations to suppliers that generated in excess of $300 million in new assets under management.

Bruce has been honored as Advocate of the Year by Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Elected Chair of the NMSDC Healthcare Industry Group, accepted the DiversityBusiness.com America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities award, nominated for the National Corporation of the Year Award by the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, received the Siemens PLM Software Supplier Diversity Leadership Award, awarded Outstanding Women’s Advocate Award presented by the Women Presidents’ Education Organization in NYC, and many other honors. Bruce currently lives in Lawrenceville, NJ, has three children and two grandchildren. His hobbies include sports, photography and enology.